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Arizona reports 2,632 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths Monday

Aug 23, 2021, 8:48 AM | Updated: 9:14 am
FILE - In this July 22, 2021, file photo, health care worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-...

FILE - In this July 22, 2021, file photo, health care worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. U.S. health officials Wednesday, Aug. 18, recommended all Americans get COVID-19 booster shots to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and evidence that the vaccines' effectiveness is falling. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Monday reported 2,632 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths from the disease.

The latest documented totals are 989,389 infections and 18,600 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.

People who aren’t fully vaccinated 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 increased by 30 overnight to 1,901 on Sunday.

The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients rose by 21 to 476, the most since Feb. 22.

The dashboard also showed that 3,965,981 people (55.2% of the state’s population, based on 7,189,020 residents) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3,477,576 people are fully vaccinated (48.4% of the population). The nationwide rates are 60.7% with at least one dose and 51.5% fully vaccinated, per 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.

The Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. More than 200 million Pfizer doses already have been administered in the U.S. — and hundreds of millions more worldwide — since emergency use began in December.

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 Johhnson & 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 2,632 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths Monday