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Arizona reports 2,182 new COVID-19 cases, 32 more deaths Sunday

Oct 10, 2021, 8:36 AM
Patients lay in beds at the COVID-19 unit at the Marius Nasta National Pneumology Institute in Buch...

Patients lay in beds at the COVID-19 unit at the Marius Nasta National Pneumology Institute in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Romania is facing an accelerated increase of daily COVID-19 infections with over 14,000 new cases in the last 24 hours and over 300 reported deaths, the highest ever number of fatalities in one day, as authorities report they ran out of COVID-19 ICU beds at national level. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

(AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 2,182 new COVID-19 cases, the 12th consecutive daily update above 2,000, and 32 additional deaths from the disease.

The latest documented totals are 1,118,601 infections and 20,382 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 Saturday was 1,775, up 22 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 484, up one from the previous day.

The dashboard also showed that 4,263,482 people (59.3% of the state’s population, based on 7,189,020 residents) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3,773,833 people are fully vaccinated (52.5% of the population). The nationwide rates are 65.3% with at least one dose and 56.4% 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 2,182 new COVID-19 cases, 32 more deaths Sunday