Dr. Joseph Warren enters the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on December 29, 2020 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Nakamura / Getty Image)
This is a regularly updated story with the latest information about Coronavirus and its effects beyond Arizona and December 30, 2020.
PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Wednesday reported 5,267 new coronovirus cases and 78 additional deaths.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services dashboard, the state’s documented total totals were 512,489 COVID-19 infections and 8,718 fatalities.
Several COVID-19 matrix epidemics have been at or near high in Arizona.
The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 hospital patients from Arizona reached a record 4,526 on Tuesday, an increase of 97% after Thanksgiving Day.
The number of COVID-19 patients in the state’s ICU beds rose to 1,076 for the sixth consecutive day on Tuesday with a record high.
Ventilator use and emergency room visits from confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients also reached record highs on Tuesday.
Statewide, suspicious or confirmed COVID-19 patients accounted for 53% of all incipient beds and 61% of all ICU beds, both records.
Overall, in-patient beds were 91% and ICU beds 90% full.
The rising tide of COVID-19 patients is squeezing the space left for other patients in Arizona hospitals. On Tuesday, only 39% of all inpatients were non-COVIDs, the second lowest rate of the epidemic. For ICU beds, 29% were non-COVIDs, the lowest rate recorded.
Arizona’s weekly percentage positivity for the COVID-19 diagnostic test, an indicator of how much the virus is spreading in the community, was 22% through 113,233 trials last week. If it does, it will break a record of 21% from the week starting on 28 June.
Percent positivity is up to 27% through 15,433 tests this week.
Official positivity rates occur when samples are taken, not when they are reported, as the percentage of recent weeks may fluctuate as labs are caught on test and the results are documented by the state.
According to tracking by The Associated Press, the average seven-day average for newly reported cases from the Department of Health was 5,715.29 on Tuesday, the lowest since December 7.
The seven-day average of newly reported COVID-19 deaths rose to 73.57 on Tuesday, rising for the second consecutive day after a five-day decline.
The state daily updates the state statistics after the current case, death and trial data, and confirms them, which may lag by several days or more. They do not represent actual activity in the last 24 hours.
Hospitalization data posted each morning is electronically reported by the 100 hospitals in the state the previous evening, as required under the executive order.
COVID-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has no effect on some people and is severely debilitating or fatal to others. Infected people without symptoms – including but not limited to cough, fever and difficulty breathing – are capable of spreading the virus.
Information about test locations can be seen on the Arizona Department of Health website.
Below are the latest developments regarding the coronovirus epidemic of the state, country and the world on Wednesday:
- The UK authorized an easy-to-handle coronavirus vaccine and decided to extend the time between doses to allow more people to achieve some level of protection faster as infections progressed.
- According to Johns Hopkins University research, there were approximately 82.11 million COVID-19 cases and 1.79 million deaths globally as of Wednesday morning. US figures stood at 19.52 million cases and 338,000 deaths.
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