Arizona reports 8,883 new COVID-19 cases, 46 deaths on Saturday – archyde

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This is a regularly updated story with the latest information about the coronavirus and its impact in Arizona and beyond for January 2, 2021.

PHOENIX – Arizona health officials reported 8,883 new coronavirus cases and 46 more deaths on Saturday.

Saturday’s numbers bring the state’s documented total to 539,150 COVID-19 infections and 9,061 deaths Arizona Department of Health dashboard.

And, as has been the case throughout December, several COVID-19 metrics in Arizona are at or near pandemic highs.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in Arizona fell from 4,501 on Thursday to 4,484 on Friday.

The number of COVID-19 patients in the state’s intensive care beds rose to 1,074 on Friday.

Nationwide, suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients admitted 52% of all inpatient beds and 61% of all beds in the intensive care unit.

Overall, the inpatient beds and the beds in the intensive care unit were occupied by 93%. The 132 remaining beds in the intensive care unit were the fifth smallest in the pandemic.

The rising tide of COVID-19 patients is squeezing space for other patients in Arizona’s hospitals. Banner Health, the state’s largest hospital system, announced Wednesday that it will suspend all elective surgeries in Arizona starting Friday in response to the flood of COVID-19 patients.

Arizona’s weekly percent positivity for COVID-19 diagnostic tests, an indicator of how much the virus is spreading in the community, is at record levels.

The percent positivity was 25% from 94,119 tests done this week. If it stays that way, it will break the record 21% last week.

The official positivity rates are based on when the samples are taken, not when they are reported. Therefore, the percentage of the past few weeks may fluctuate when the laboratories are busy testing and the results are documented by the state.

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The seven-day rolling average for the Department of Health’s newly reported cases has been declining since the peak two weeks ago and was 6,190.29, according to Friday persecution von The Associated Press.

The 7-day average of newly reported COVID-19 deaths has increased this week to hit 86.57 on Friday, the highest since Christmas Eve.

The state’s daily updates display case, death, and test dates after the state receives and confirms statistics that may lag behind by several days or more. They do not represent actual activity over the past 24 hours.

The hospital data, published every morning, is electronically reported the night before by 100 hospitals across the state, as required by law enforcement agencies.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has no effects on some people and is seriously debilitating or fatal to others. Infected people without Symptoms – which include a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing – can spread the virus.

Diagnostic tests are available in hundreds of locations across Arizona and should be sought by people with symptoms or those who may have been exposed to an infected person. Information on locations, timetables and registration can be found on the Ministry of Health website.


Below you will find the latest developments on Saturday regarding the coronavirus pandemic from state, country and world:

  • Worldwide, there were around 84.084 million COVID-19 cases and 1.829 million deaths, according to Saturday morning Johns Hopkins University Research. In the United States, there were around 20,138 million cases and 347,844 deaths.

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