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Arizona reports 1,959 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths Monday

Sep 27, 2021, 8:39 AM | Updated: 8:42 am
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, a worker posts placard for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, a worker posts placard for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. With more than 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines available, U.S. health authorities said they're confident both seniors and other vulnerable Americans seeking booster shots and parents anticipating approval of initial shots for young children will have easy access. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Monday reported 1,959 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths from the disease.

It was the third consecutive Monday update without any deaths.

The latest documented totals are 1,086,328 infections and 19,812 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have been easing downward recently, 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 Sunday was 1,794, down three from the previous day to the lowest level since Aug. 18.

The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients was 529, up one from the previous day.

COVID-19 patients took up 30% of the state’s ICU beds as of Monday’s dashboard update, same as the previous day. 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%, up 1 point from the previous week.

The dashboard also showed that 4,162,161 people (57.9% of the state’s population, based on 7,189,020 residents) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3,682,685 people are fully vaccinated (51.2% of the population). The nationwide rates are 64.3% with at least one dose and 55.3% 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 serious illness and death from COVID-19, including the predominant and more contagious delta variant.

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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Arizona reports 1,959 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths Monday