This is the latest information, news and updates about Coronavirus and a regularly updated story about its impact in Arizona, Sunday 13 September.
PHOENIX – Arizona health officials reported 384 new coronovirus cases and seven more deaths on Sunday morning.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the state’s documented total totals were 208,512 COVID-19 infections and 5,322 deaths.
A number of key metrics about the severity of Arizona’s epidemic, including coronovirus-related hospitals, are at or near the lowest in months.
The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients from Arizona fell to 525 on Saturday, the lowest since April 12.
The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds fell to 171, returning to the second lowest point since April 9, the first day AZDHS reported the figure.
On July 13, COVID-19 inpatients reached 3,517, and COVID-19 patients in ICU beds topped 970 on the same day.
Overall, the inpatient bed was 81% full on Saturday, up 1% from the previous two days. Inpatient occupancy rates reached 88% on 9–10 July.
The ICU occupancy rate was 79%, an increase of 1% from the previous two days. The ICU occupancy rate is above 91% on 7 July.
Hospital beds data on the Health Department’s website does not include surge beds that have not been activated, but could potentially increase capacity.
Arizona’s weekly positive rate for COVID-19 clinical trials is expected to remain 4% for the fourth consecutive week, its lowest since the epidemic early in March. This was equivalent to 20% at the end of June.
Weekly rates are taken when samples are taken when they are not reported, so the percentage may fluctuate for recent weeks as labs are caught on test and the results are documented by the state.
The Arizona Health Department’s daily report obtains and confirms the state’s statistics after the current case, death, and trial data, which may lag several days or longer. They do not represent actual activity in the last 24 hours.
Hospital figures posted each morning, however, are reported by hospitals the previous evening.
As cases skyrocketed in June, local governments in many parts of Arizona – including all of Maricopa County – implemented face mask requirements, and Dog Daisy was forced by the government to close some businesses and ban restaurant occupancy Issued statewide executive orders to prohibit.
The spread of COVID-19 soon slowed down and has been steadily declining since the peak of the epidemic. The majority of the state has benchmarks set by the Department of Health that allow some businesses to reopen under capacity restrictions and other regulations.
The seven-day average for the newly reported cases was 317 on Saturday, according to tracking by The Associated Press. It is back after a minor collision in early September and the lowest since May 4.
The seven-day average of newly reported deaths was 18.33, the lowest since June 10.
The seven-day average for new cases reached 3,844 on July 6, and the death toll on July 30 reached a high of 94.
COVID-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has no effect on some people and is severely debilitating or fatal for others. Infected people without symptoms – including but not limited to cough, fever and difficulty breathing – are capable of spreading the virus.