Arizona shifting to weekly reporting for COVID statistics in early March
Feb 18, 2022, 4:00 PM
PHOENIX — Arizona’s health department announced Friday it was shifting to a weekly release of COVID data beginning in early March due to declining metrics.
The Arizona Department of Public Health’s final daily update for its dashboard will come Feb. 26, according to a press release.
The dashboard will then be updated weekly on Wednesdays beginning March 2.
Arizona will join at least 34 other states in moving away from daily reporting, according to the release.
“Changing such a widely used resource isn’t something to be done lightly,” Dr. Richard Carmona, Arizona’s pandemic czar, said in the release.
“But now, with all COVID-19 metrics steadily declining and many other states doing the same, I join with the hospital representatives below in sharing that it’s the right time for a change.”
ADHS added that the change will hopefully reduce confusion when there are days with unusually high or low case or death counts.
The state’s seven-day rolling average for cases and death have decreased significantly in recent weeks as the omicron surge weakens.
As of Friday, Arizona was averaging 2,978 cases and 54 deaths per seven days, per tracking from The New York Times.
Pandemic highs were at 20,778 cases and 175 deaths over a seven-day period in late January.