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Arizona surpasses 1.5M documented COVID-19 cases, nears 25,000 deaths

Jan 11, 2022, 9:47 AM
Vials of testing fluid and packages of nose swabs are seen at a drive through COVID-19 testing site...
Vials of testing fluid and packages of nose swabs are seen at a drive through COVID-19 testing site at Churchill Downs on Jan. 10, 2022, in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Arizona surpassed 1.5 million documented COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and closed in on the 25,000 mark for deaths from the virus.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than 10,000 new cases for the sixth consecutive day as the omicron variant continues to surge.

The state also added 213 deaths to the pandemic total, which climbed to 24,986. The daily death count surpassed 200 twice in December, but prior to those days the mark hadn’t been reached since Feb. 18.

Daily updates can cover multiple days of reporting and aren’t meant to represent the actual activity over the previous 24 hours.

Although omicron appears to cause a smaller percentage of severe illnesses than previous variants, officials are still worried the case spike will be large enough to create a significant strain on the hospital system, which already was stretched thin by the delta variant.

Here’s the latest data on the pandemic in Arizona (hospital, case, death, testing and vaccination statistics are based on Tuesday morning’s update of the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard; seven-day averages are based on tracking by The New York Times):

COVID-19 cases

  • Documented pandemic total – 1,505,580
  • Daily new reports – Tuesday: 14,160; One day earlier: 13,937; One week earlier: 7,212; Pandemic high: 17,234 (Jan. 3, 2021)
  • Seven-day average – Monday: 12,403; One day earlier: 12,439: One week earlier: 5,987; Pandemic high: 12,439 (Jan. 9, 2022)

COVID-19 deaths

  • Documented pandemic total – 24,986
  • Daily new reports – Tuesday: 213; One day earlier: 0; One week earlier: 154; Pandemic high: 335 (Jan. 12, 2021)
  • Seven-day average – Monday: 60; One day earlier: 60: One week earlier: 53; Pandemic high: 175 (Jan. 13, 2021)

COVID-19 hospitalizations

  • COVID inpatients – Monday: 2,869; One day earlier: 2,765; One week earlier: 2,463; Pandemic high: 5,082 (Jan. 11, 2021)
  • COVID ICU patients – Monday: 650; One day earlier: 586; One week earlier: 593; Pandemic high: 1,183 (Jan. 11, 2021)

Statewide hospital capacity

  • Inpatients beds available – Monday: 488 (6% of capacity); One day earlier: 536 (6%); One week earlier: 623 (7%)
  • Percentage of inpatient beds with COVID patients – Monday: 33%; One day earlier: 32%; One week earlier: 28%
  • ICU beds available – Monday: 89 (5% of capacity); One day earlier: 104 (6%); One week earlier: 120 (7%)
  • Percentage of ICU beds with COVID patients – Monday: 39%; One day earlier: 35%; One week earlier: 36%

Laboratory diagnostic testing

  • Weekly percent positivity – Samples taken this week: 28%; Last week: 30%; Two weeks ago: 22%; Pandemic high: 30% (Jan. 2-8, 2022)
  • Find a testing site: ADHS (statewide)

Vaccines

  • Percentage of eligible Arizonans with at least one shot: 70.8%
  • Percentage of eligible Arizonans fully vaccinated: 59.1%
  • Find a vaccine site: ADHS (statewide); Maricopa County Public Health (metro Phoenix)

Additional details

ADHS 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.

The actual caseload is likely higher than officially reported because ADHS data is based mainly on electronic laboratory reporting and doesn’t include results from home kits unless individuals report them to their health care providers.

The minimum age for vaccination is 5 for Pfizer and 18 for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. Boosters are approved, and highly encouraged, for individuals who received their second Pfizer (ages 12 and up only) or Moderna doses at least five months ago or the Johnson & Johnson shot at least two months ago.

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