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Arizona reports 2,639 new COVID-19 cases, 12 additional deaths Sunday

Aug 8, 2021, 8:56 AM | Updated: 3:27 pm

(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)...

(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 2,639 new cases and 12 additional deaths from the disease.

The latest documented totals are 946,054 infections and 18,388 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.

Hospitalizations in the state related to COVID-19 have more than doubled over the past month but remain far below the peaks reached before vaccines were widely available. Unvaccinated people now account for almost all of the serious illnesses and deaths.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals dropped by eight to 1,350 on Sunday.

The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients dropped by 15 to 346.

The percent positivity for diagnostic testing conducted this week was at 14% as of Sunday’s update.

The dashboard also showed that more than 3.8 million people (53.3% of the state’s eligible population) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3.3 million people are fully vaccinated. Arizona trails the nationwide rates of 58.7% with at least one dose and 50.1% fully vaccinated as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state health department’s daily updates present case and death data after the state receives statistics and confirms them, which can lag by several days or more. They don’t represent the actual activity over the past 24 hours. The hospitalization numbers posted each morning are reported electronically the previous evening by hospitals across the state.

Free federally authorized vaccines are widely available and highly effective in preventing illness from COVID-19, including the more contagious delta variant that now accounts for most of the new cases in the U.S.

For details about statewide vaccine availability, the ADHS website has a vaccine-finder page with locations and other information.

For information about metro Phoenix vaccine availability, Maricopa County Public Health has a locator page that lists pharmacies, government-run sites, health clinics and pop-up distribution events.

Appointments may be required depending on the provider, but many accept walk-ins.

The minimum age to receive the Pfizer shot has been reduced to 12, but it’s still 18 for the other approved versions, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, has no impact on some people and is seriously debilitating or fatal for others. Infected people without symptoms — which include but are not limited to cough, fever and difficulty breathing — are capable of spreading the virus.

Information about where to get tested for COVID-19 can be found on the ADHS website.

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Arizona reports 2,639 new COVID-19 cases, 12 additional deaths Sunday