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Arizona reports 3,470 new COVID-19 cases, 26 more deaths Thursday

Sep 2, 2021, 8:33 AM
A health worker prepares Pfizer vaccines during the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pampl...

A health worker prepares Pfizer vaccines during the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pamplona, northern Spain, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Spanish authorities say more than seventy percent of citizens have been vaccinated. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Thursday reported 3,470 new COVID-19 cases and 26 additional deaths from the disease.

The latest documented totals are 1,020,133 infections and 18,879 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 13 overnight to 2,070 on Wednesday, the most since Feb. 14.

The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients went up by 18 to 549, the most since Feb. 18.

The hospital numbers are about four times higher than they were on July 1, when 530 COVID-19 inpatients and 136 COVID-19 patients in ICU beds were reported.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 diagnostic testing conducted last week was 11% as of Thursday’s update, holding steady from the previous week. It was at 12% for samples taken and processed so far this week.

The dashboard also showed that 4,033,434 people (56.1% of the state’s population, based on 7,189,020 residents) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3,549,370 people are fully vaccinated (49.4% of the population). The nationwide rates are 61.9% with at least one dose and 52.6% 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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