This is a regularly updated story for September 7 in Arizona and beyond Monday, with the latest information, news and updates about Coronavirus.
PHOENIX – Arizona health officials reported 198 new coronovirus cases and removed two deaths from the count, reporting no new fatalities on Monday morning.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the state’s documented total totals are 205,964 COVID-19 infections and 5,219 deaths.
Several major matrices about the severity of Arizona’s epidemic are at or near the lowest in a month or longer, including coronovirus-related hospitals.
According to tracking by The Associated Press, the seven-day average for the newly reported cases was 586.43 on Sunday, one of the lowest totals seen since June 1.
The seven-day average of newly reported deaths was 32 on Sunday, among the lowest points since the beginning of July.
The seven-day average for new cases peaked at 3,844 on July 6, and the state hit a high of 94 for deaths on July 30.
The proliferation of coronoviruses in Arizona has been slowing month-plus since the implementation of face mask requirements by local governments in many areas, including all Maricopa counties – and a statewide executive order to close some businesses and restrict restaurant occupancy for.
The steps were taken after the state became a global hot spot for coronaviruses, which has had 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.
Arizona’s weekly positive rate for COVID-19 diagnostic tests, which shows how much the virus is spreading, was declining for seven consecutive weeks, but may have flattened.
For the 42,154 samples taken last week that were processed and recorded, the positive rate was 4%.
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.
However, hospital data posted each morning are reported by hospitals the previous evening and appear at the hospital or at their lowest points related to coronovirus over several months.
The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients from Arizona rose to 658 on Sunday, one of the lowest totals since April 26.
The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds decreased to 221, the lowest total since April 8, the first day beds were used by AZDHS by coronovirus patients.
On 13 July, COVID-19 inpatients reached 3,517, and COVID-19 patients in ICU beds topped 970 on the same day.
Overall, inpatient beds were 80% full on Sundays, 1% less than on Saturdays. Only 8% of beds were taken by COVID patients.
The inpatient occupancy rate peaked at 88% on 9–10 July, when more than 40% of the beds were filled with COVID patients.
The ICU occupancy rate was 77% on Sunday, one percentage point lower than the previous day. COVID patients accounted for just 13% of ICU beds, the lowest percentage since 8 April.
The ICU occupancy rate rose above 91% on July 7, when more than half of the state’s ICU beds were filled with COIDID patients.
Hospital beds data on the Health Department’s website does not include surge beds that have not been activated, but could potentially increase capacity.
Below are Monday’s latest developments about the coronovirus epidemic of the state, country and the world:
- Scientists are still working to find out how well antibodies to the new coronavirus can protect against any other infection, or how long protection remains.
- The Arizona Department of Health Services forced Rick’s Pub and Grub to close immediately on Monday for violating the state’s coronavirus reopening guidelines in Chandler.
- Despite the presence of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Phoenix-area is seeing substantial economic and construction growth.