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Arizona reports 2,432 new COVID-19 cases, 29 more deaths Wednesday

Sep 15, 2021, 8:29 AM
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 28, 2021 file photo, a health worker administers a dose of Janssen C...

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 28, 2021 file photo, a health worker administers a dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine by Johnson & Johnson in the Medina neighborhood in Dakar, Senegal. The World Health Organization and partners said on Tuesday, Sept. 14 they hope to provide Africa with about 30% of the COVID-19 vaccines they need by February, badly missing the 60% vaccination coverage goal that African leaders had once hoped for by the end of this year. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, file)

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PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Wednesday reported 2,432 new COVID-19 cases and 29 additional deaths from the disease.

The latest documented totals are 1,055,919 infections and 19,333 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.

The COVID-19 hospitalization numbers are about four times higher than they were before the state’s third wave started in early July, with people who aren’t fully vaccinated accounting for nearly all of the serious illnesses and deaths.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals was 2,077 on Tuesday, a decrease of 13 from the previous day but the 16th consecutive day above 2,000.

The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients was 564, a dip of two from the previous day but the third-highest mark of the current wave.

COVID-19 patients took up 32% of the state’s ICU beds as of Tuesday, down 1 point from the previous day, according to the dashboard. At the peak of the winter surge in January, 66% of the state’s ICU beds were filled with COVID patients.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 diagnostic testing conducted last week was 12% as of Wednesday’s update, up 1 point from the previous week. It’s also 12% for samples completed from this week.

The dashboard also showed that 4,098,440 people (57% of the state’s population, based on 7,189,020 residents) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3,620,622 people are fully vaccinated (50.4% of the population). The nationwide rates are 63.2% with at least one dose and 54% 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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