Arizona reports 2,358 new COVID-19 cases, 31 more deaths Saturday
PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 2,358 new COVID-19 cases, the 11th consecutive daily update above 2,000, and 31 additional deaths from the disease.
The latest documented totals are 1,116,419 infections and 20,350 fatalities, according to the ADHS COVID-19 dashboard.
COVID-19 hospitalizations have been easing downward in the past month, 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 Friday was 1,753, down 17 from the previous day but more than 300 below the peak of the current wave.
The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients was 483, up 10 from the previous day.
The dashboard also showed that 4,257,978 people (59.2% of the state’s population, based on 7,189,020 residents) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3,768,701 people are fully vaccinated (52.4% of the population). The nationwide rates are 65.2% with at least one dose and 56.3% 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.