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Catching up after data issue, Arizona reports big COVID-19 numbers

Sep 1, 2021, 8:43 AM | Updated: 8:56 am

Dorah Cerisene, 9, gets tested for COVID-19, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in North Miami, Fla. Florida s...

Dorah Cerisene, 9, gets tested for COVID-19, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in North Miami, Fla. Florida schools are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, forcing teachers and students to quarantine. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

PHOENIX – Catching up on data missing from the previous day’s update, Arizona health officials on Wednesday reported 4,740 new COVID-19 cases and 67 additional deaths from the disease.

The Arizona Department of Health Services said a data-processing issue caused an unspecified number those of cases and deaths to be left out of Tuesday’s update, which consisted of 822 cases and no deaths.

In any event, Wednesday’s case report was the state’s largest in day since Jan. 31, and the death update was the largest since March 10.

Tuesday’s case number was just the second below 1,000 since July 13, although Arizona was averaging more than 3,000 cases daily over the previous seven days.

The latest documented totals are 1,016,633 infections and 18,853 fatalities, according to the ADHS COVID-19 dashboard.

Hospitalizations related to the virus have nearly quadrupled since the state’s third wave started in early July. 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 52 overnight to 2,057 on Tuesday, the most since Feb. 14.

The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients went up by 20 to 531, the most since Feb. 18.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 diagnostic testing conducted last week was 11% as of Wednesday’s update, holding steady from the previous week. It was up to 13% for samples taken and processed so far this week.

The dashboard also showed that 4,027,166 people (56% of the state’s population, based on 7,189,020 residents) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3,541,827 people are fully vaccinated (49.3% of the population). The nationwide rates are 61.8% with at least one dose and 52.4% 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.

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.

The minimum age to receive the Pfizer shot is 12, and it’s 18 for the other available 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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Catching up after data issue, Arizona reports big COVID-19 numbers