Arizona reports 3,471 new COVID-19 cases, surpasses 14K deaths

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This is a regularly updated story with the latest information about Coronavirus and its impact in Arizona. By February 6, 2021.

PHOENIX – Arizona health officials reported 3,471 new coronavirus cases on Saturday and 63 additional deaths from COVID-19.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard, the state’s documented total totals were 779,093 infections and 14,011 fatalities.

The virus is widespread throughout the state, although Arizona made it the country’s hottest place in the past month.

In Friday’s update from the US Centers for Disease Control, Arizona dropped to No. 5 in the nation in average cases per person over the past seven days. Arizona ranks fourth in deaths behind Indiana, Alabama and Iowa.

COVID-19 hospitals were now at the peak of the state’s first wave in July, but cases and deaths are still high.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients from Arizona fell to 3,060 on Friday, the lowest since 6. December. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients has been reduced to 849, the lowest since December 13.

Statewide, COVID-19 patients accounted for 35% of all inpatient beds and 47% of all ICU beds on Wednesday. Overall, inpatient beds were at 90% of capacity and ICU beds at 88%.

Arizona’s weekly percentage positivity for the COVID-19 diagnostic test is an indicator of how much the virus is spreading in the community, recurring but remains at an adequate level.

Of the 62,465 people tested so far this week, 13% got a positive result. The positive rate recorded for the previous week is 16% for 125,908 people tested, the lowest before Thanksgiving and the fourth consecutive weekly decline.

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 state health department’s seven-day average for newly reported coronovirus cases was 3,826 on Friday, its lowest mark since November 30, but still higher than the July peak of the first wave .

The seven-day average death in the new report fell to 132.29 after four straight days on Friday.

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.

Hospital 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.

Clinical testing is available at hundreds of locations throughout Arizona and anyone with symptoms or who can be exposed to an infected person should be excluded. Information about places, programs and registration can be found on the website of the Department of Health Services.

The department also has a vaccine-finder page that contains a map of locations and information about registration.

Below are Saturday’s latest developments about the state, country and the world’s coronovirus epidemic:

  • According to Johns Hopkins University research, globally, there were approximately 105.49 million COVID-19 cases and 2.3 million deaths as of Saturday morning. The US figures were 26.81 million cases and 459,617 deaths.