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Arizona reports 2,020 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths Monday

Sep 20, 2021, 8:34 AM
People walk through the flags of the "In America: Remember" public art installation near the Washin...
People walk through the flags of the "In America: Remember" public art installation near the Washington Monument on Sept. 19, 2021, in Washington, D.C. The installation commemorates all the Americans who have died due to COVID-19. It's based on a concept by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, and includes more than 650,000 small plastic flags, some with personal messages to those who have died, planted in 20 acres of the National Mall. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
(Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Monday reported 2,020 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths from the disease.

The latest documented totals are 1,068,823 infections and 19,513 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have been trending downward for the past week after a surge that saw numbers increase by about four times since early July. People who aren’t fully vaccinated are 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 1,894 on Sunday, a decline of 28 from the previous day and the eighth consecutive day-over-day drop.

The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients was 524, down 18 from the previous day and the fewest since Aug. 30.

COVID-19 patients took up 30% of the state’s ICU beds as of Sunday, the lowest mark of September, 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 11% as of Monday’s update, down 1 point from the previous week.

The dashboard also showed that 4,124,175 people (57.4% of the state’s population, based on 7,189,020 residents) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3,648,617 people are fully vaccinated (50.8% of the population). The nationwide rates are 63.8% with at least one dose and 54.6% 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.

Pfizer announced Monday it will seek authorization for ages 5 to 11.

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 2,020 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths Monday