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Arizona reports 2,482 new COVID-19 cases, 9 more deaths Saturday

Oct 16, 2021, 8:35 AM | Updated: Oct 18, 2021, 8:22 am

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020 file photo, Medical personnel adjust their personal protecti...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020 file photo, Medical personnel adjust their personal protective equipment while working in the emergency department at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan in New York. Hospitals and nursing homes in New York are bracing for the possibility that a statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers could lead to staff shortages when it takes effect Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. Doctors and nurses -- and also support staff, like food service workers and cleaners -- have been given until Sept. 27 to get at least their first vaccine shot in one of the nation's most aggressive plans to protect patients. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 2,482 new COVID-19 cases and nine additional deaths from the disease.

The latest documented totals are 1,131,976 infections and 20,500 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.

ADHS said most of the dashboard won’t update Sunday and Monday because of system updates. As a result, the numbers that come out Tuesday are expected to be far higher than normal because they’ll include three days’ worth of reports.

Research released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that unvaccinated people were 4-5 times more likely to get infected and 11 times more likely to die than people who were fully vaccinated.

Arizona’s COVID-19 hospitalizations had been steady throughout October but dropped sharply in the latest report.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals on Friday was 1,670, up seven from the previous day.

The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients was 466 for the second consecutive day and more than 100 below the high mark of the July-September surge.

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 2,482 new COVID-19 cases, 9 more deaths Saturday