COVID-19 confirmed cases in Arizona hit 507,222 on Tuesday, December 29, an increase from 2,799 from the previous day, according to the Arizona Department of Health. As of December, Arizona had 175,280 new COVID-19 cases, which is 35 percent of all cases in the state since the outbreak began in December.
This condition has been quite effective in fighting the virus for the past four months, but it is showing signs of serious setbacks. Although July saw an average increase of 3,075 new cases per day, Arizona recorded an average of 877 new cases per day in August and an average of 552 new cases per day in September. In October, however, the number rose to an average of 903 new cases per day.In Arizona, an average of 2,600 new cases per day were reported in November. So far in December the state has an average of 6.1
60 new cases per day.
In Arizona, the number of deaths from COVID-19 cases was 8,640 in Arizona after 171 new deaths were reported since yesterday.
“The numbers are still moving in the right direction,” said Dr. Way Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health, “is projected to increase in the coming weeks, particularly given the number of parties and holiday gatherings.”
That surge is the second in Arizona to become the breeding ground for the disease this summer, as more cases were blamed for the abrupt revocation of health protocols before Memorial Day weekend as people gathered to celebrate and to gather.
Health experts fear the trend could repeat itself now, with people traveling and gathering for the winter vacation, a threat that the cold season can exacerbate.
Dr. Daniel Derksen, vice president of the University of Arizona for Health Sciences, said the vacation trip many people are taking this weekend is putting the state in very dire condition in terms of the number of hospital beds.
“The impact of the cascade of what is happening now not only affects people who are seriously affected by COVID-19 infection,” he said, “but it really limits the health system’s ability to deal with all other ongoing health problems. Influenza. “
Derksen says the “really scary time” for public health professionals will be in the next two to six weeks when vacation travel resumes. But the results could be worse, and they won’t be felt in Arizona.
“It’s not just Arizona hospitals that are saturated,” he said. “That’s the whole region.”
Holly Ward, a spokeswoman for the Arizona Hospital and Health Care Association, said it wasn’t uncommon for increased hospital admissions to occur in the state during winter, but COVID-19 added another layer to that dynamic.
“We usually see an increase in hospital stays during the winter months, but now that we add COVID we will be using intensive care (intensive care) beds more and more,” said Ward.
He says that hospitals and health care facilities as a whole are always ready to admit any patient, regardless of their circumstances, but he urges people to do their part to avoid putting pressure on “health heroes”.
“The hospital is there to treat everyone who comes to us,” he said. “But we also need our community not to burden the hospital system with diseases that most of us can prevent.”
Local governments across the state have started taking or reintroducing precautionary measures to stop the virus from spreading as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arizona.
In Payson, Mayor Tom Morrissey returned an emergency notice urging people to wear face masks around town until further notice. He says there is a “mutation factor” in the smooth spread of this virus.
Tucson City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to impose a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. night starting Friday. The curfew, which runs from Friday through December 22nd, means that only key employees can leave at that time.
Tucson’s action was sparked on Friday by a memo from the University of Arizona COVID-19 modeling team saying that without action to contain the spread, Arizona would be at risk of a catastrophe on the order of the worst natural disaster the country has ever known was exposed ”.
According to Ward, the country learned a lot from the summer pandemic, which helped it better prepare for the current uprising.
“After seeing a surge in the summer, we developed protocols and preparednesses that are very important as a nationwide system,” he said. “We all have responsibilities, but we all have control over ourselves, if not the ability, to help our family, friends, and community do whatever we can to stop this.”
Derksen says that while the effective COVID-19 vaccine is in sight, it may take months for the drug to become available to the public and that the challenge of delivering such a dose on its own would be a “logistical effort.”
He says the best a person can do is stick to the precautions that health professionals have taken all year round: wear masks, keep your distance, wash your hands, and avoid people.
“Help is on the way, but for now, the best steps are the self-help measures you can take,” Derksen said. “You will be exposed if you are not careful.”
COVID-19 is a serious disease that can be fatal to anyone, especially our elderly population and people with underlying health conditions. ADHD advises everyone to take precautions:
The Best Way To Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19:
• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Wear a mask when you are close to others.
• Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with sick people.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover the cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue away in the trash immediately.
• Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you touch frequently.
COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days of exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. For people with mild illnesses, people are asked to stay home, drink plenty of fluids, and rest. It is recommended that people seek medical treatment for more severe symptoms such as shortness of breath.
ADHD activated its Health Emergency Operations Center on Jan. 27 after the first travel-related COVID-19 case was confirmed in Arizona. The Health Emergency Operations Center remains open to coordinate the national response to the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information on the Arizona COVID-19 response, visit azhealth.gov/COVID19 online.
Josh Ortega of Cronkite News contributed to this report.