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Arizona reported 706 new COVID-19 cases and two new known deaths on Saturday, bringing the state’s total death toll to just under 17,000.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID Data Tracker, Arizona’s 7-day case rate per 100,000 people was ranked first and second among all states and territories on Friday 46th, after ranking first and second for most of January .

The only states with a lower case rate in the past seven days were Alabama, Mississippi, Kansas, Hawaii, California, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

The state’s 7-day death rate per 100,000 people ranked 20th in the nation on Friday, according to the CDC, behind New York City, Georgia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, Florida, Delaware, Kentucky, Texas, Arkansas, USA. Louisiana, Ohio, District of Columbia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New York, and Virginia.

The percentage positivity, which refers to the percentage of positive COVID-19 diagnostic tests, has decreased, but varies somewhat depending on the measurement method.

Last week, Arizona percent positivity was 5% for the fourth straight week and 7% the week before, according to the state, which has a unique way to calculate percent positivity. Weekly percentage positivity peaked at 25% nationwide in December.

Johns Hopkins University calculates the Arizona moving average for seven days as a percentage of positive results from Saturday to be 2.8%. It shows that the state’s percentage positivity peaked at 24.2% in December.

A positivity rate of 5% or less is considered a good measure of whether the spread of the disease is under control.

However, the state’s COVID-19 death and fall rates since January 21, 2020 remain among the worst in the country.

The COVID-19 death rate in Arizona since the pandemic began is 233 deaths per 100,000 people on Friday, according to the CDC. This puts it in sixth place in the state in a state that separates New York City from the state of New York. The US average on Friday is 165 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the CDC.

New York City has the highest death rate with 373 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Mississippi.

Arizona’s rate of fall per 100,000 people since the pandemic began ranks sixth nationwide as of Friday.

Arizona’s recently reported two deaths brought the known COVID-19 death toll to 16,991. The state passed 16,000 deaths on March 2, after recording 15,000 deaths on February 17, 14,000 deaths on February 6, and 13,000 deaths on January 29, just one week after 12,000 and two weeks after 11,000 deaths. The state exceeded 10,000 known deaths on January 9. Arizona’s first known death from the disease occurred in mid-March 2020.

Many of the reported deaths occurred days or weeks earlier as delays were reported and the death certificate matched.

A total of 843,838 COVID-19 cases have been identified across the state. Relatively few cases were reported in February and particularly in March. 25 of the cases reported in the last 27 days were under 1,000.

The Arizona data dashboard shows that 85% of all ICU beds and 89% of all inpatient beds in the state were in use on Friday, with 9% of ICU beds and 6% of ICU beds out of COVID-19 Patients were occupied. Nationwide, 264 beds were available in the intensive care unit and 931 beds outside the intensive care unit.

Hospital stays for the disease have generally decreased for more than 11 weeks.

The total number of patients hospitalized in Arizona for known or suspected COVID-19 cases was 541 on Friday, down from 572 on Thursday, and well below the record of 5,082 inpatients on Jan. 11. In comparison, the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in a single day in the summer of 2020, the increase on July 13 was 3,517.

The number of patients with suspected or known COVID-19 in intensive care units in Arizona stood at 153 as of Friday, compared to 152 on Thursday, well below the record high of 1,183 on Jan. 11. During the summer surge in mid-July, the intensive care beds were in use for COVID-19 reached a high of 970.

Arizonans with confirmed and suspected COVID-19 on ventilators hit 69 on Friday, a slight increase from 68 on Thursday, and well below the record high of 821 on Jan. 13. During the summer rise, July 16 was the main day for ventilator use. with 687 patients.

As of Friday, 1,001 patients were in the emergency room for COVID-19, well below the December 29 daily record of 2,341 positive or suspected COVID-19 patients seen in emergency rooms across the state.

Arizona began its first phase 1A COVID-19 vaccinations in the week of December 14th. The state again changed its vaccine rollout plan last week to allow anyone aged 16 and over to sign up for appointments at state-run locations, pharmacies, and state-qualified health centers starting last Wednesday. Districts can continue to under-prioritize age groups and key workers at district locations.

As of Saturday, more than 2.2 million people across the country had received at least one dose of vaccine, with more than 1.4 million people fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Arizona has approximately 5.6 million adults ages 18 and older.

What you should know about Saturday’s numbers

Reported Cases in Arizona: 843.848.

Cases since the outbreak began increased by 706, or 0.08%, from 843,132 cases identified on Friday. These daily cases are grouped by the date they are reported to the Arizona Department of Health, not the date the tests were performed.

Cases by county: 525,361 in Maricopa, 112,953 in Pima, 49,753 in Pinal, 36,784 in Yuma, 22,189 in Mohave, 18,331 in Yavapai, 17,141 in Coconino, 15,729 in Navajo, 11,636 in Cochise, 11,184 in Apache, 7,833 in Santa Cruz, 6,564 in Gila in Graham , 2,446 in La Paz and 566 in Greenlee, according to state figures.

The fall rate per 100,000 people since the pandemic began is highest in Yuma County, followed by Apache, Santa Cruz, Graham and Navajo counties. The rate in Yuma County is 15,993 cases per 100,000 people. By comparison, the US median rate since the pandemic began is 9,144 cases per 100,000 people, according to the CDC on Friday.

The Navajo Nation reported a total of 30,132 cases and 1,253 confirmed deaths on Friday. The Navajo Nation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

The Arizona Department of Justice reported that 12,214 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, including 2,240 in Tucson, 2,023 in Eyman, 2,009 in Yuma, 1,303 in Lewis and 1,163 in Douglas; 43,652 inmates across the state were tested. A total of 2,739 prison employees reported positive feedback, the department said. 43 people arrested in Arizona have died of COVID-19, with eight other deaths being investigated.

Race / ethnicity is unknown for 17% of all COVID-19 cases across the state, but 38% of positive cases were diagnosed in whites, 30% in Hispanics or Latinos, 5% in Native Americans, 3% in blacks, and 1% for islanders in the Asia-Pacific region.

Of those who tested positive since the Arizona pandemic began, 16% were younger than 20, 44% were 20-44, 15% were 45-54, 12% were 55-64, and 13% were 65 years or older.

The laboratories had 4,066,156 individual diagnostic tests for COVID-19 on Saturday, 13.8% of which were positive. This number includes both PCR and antigen tests. The percentage of positive tests in the last four full weeks was 5%. The status numbers omit data from laboratories that do not report electronically.

ADHD includes likely cases like anyone with a positive antigen test, a different type of test used to determine current infection. Antigen tests (not related to antibody tests) use a nasal swab or other fluid sample to test the current infection. Results are usually generated within 15 minutes.

A positive antigen test result is considered very accurate, but there is an increased chance of false negative results, says the Mayo Clinic. According to representatives from the Mayo Clinic, a doctor may recommend a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test to confirm a negative antigen test result.

Arizona had the sixth highest total case rate in the country since Jan. 21, 2020. According to Arizona, North Dakota, South Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah and Tennessee rank ahead of Arizona in cases per 100,000 people since the pandemic began, the CDC said.

According to the CDC, the infection rate in Arizona is 11,571 cases per 100,000 people. The national average is 9,144 cases per 100,000 people, although rates in states that were severely affected at the start of the pandemic may be undercounted in March and April 2020 due to a lack of available tests.

Reported deaths in Arizona: 16,991

Deaths by counties: 9,663 in Maricopa, 2,359 in Pima, 859 in Pinal, 825 in Yuma, 690 in Mohave, 520 in Navajo, 490 in Yavapai, 420 in Apache, 325 in Coconino, 281 in Cochise, 222 in Gila, 173 in Santa Cruz, 77 in La Paz, 77 in Graham and 10 in Greenlee.

People aged 65 and over account for 12,743 of the 16,991 deaths, or 75%. After that, 15% of the deaths were in the 55-64 age group, 6% were 45-54 years old, and 4% were 20-44 years old.

While race / ethnicity was unknown for 7% of the deaths, 50% of those who died were white, 29% Hispanic or Latin American, 8% were Native American, 3% were black, and 1% were Asian Pacific islanders.

The global death toll on Friday morning was 2,840,282. According to Johns Hopkins University, the US had the highest death toll of any country in the world at 554,106. Arizona’s total death toll of 16,991 is roughly 3.1% of the US COVID-19 deaths

Reach the reporter at bfrank@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-8529. Follow her on Twitter @brieannafrank.

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