940 new circumstances, 12 new identified deaths
Arizona reported 940 new COVID-19 cases and 12 new known deaths on Friday. This was the highest case report in three weeks and nearly 17,000 deaths.
Prior to Friday, the state’s daily reported cases had stayed below 800 for 20 days. Of the 940 new cases, 120 are lab reports from a lab that covers the entire pandemic, according to the state health ministry.
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 Thursday 47th, after ranking first and second for most of January .
The only states with a lower case rate in the past seven days were Kansas, Mississippi, Hawaii, Oklahoma, California, and Arkansas.
The state average of seven days for newly reported COVID-19 cases was 653 on Friday, according to state data. The average had reached 9,800 in January.
The state’s 7-day death rate per 100,000 people ranked 14th in the nation on Thursday, according to the CDC, behind New York City, Georgia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, Florida, Kentucky, Delaware, Arkansas, Ohio, USA. Texas and Louisiana.
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 as of Friday at 2.7%. 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 Thursday, according to the CDC. This puts it in a ranking that separates New York City from the state of New York in sixth place in the country. The US average is 165 deaths per 100,000 people on Thursday, according to the CDC.
New York City has the highest death rate with 372 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 Thursday.
Arizona’s newly reported 12 deaths brought the known COVID-19 number to 16,989. 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 843,132 COVID-19 cases have been identified across the state. Relatively few cases were reported in February and particularly in March. Twenty-four of the cases reported in the last 26 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 Thursday, with 9% of ICU beds and 7% of ICU beds outside of COVID-19 Patients were occupied. Nationwide, 264 beds were available in the intensive care unit and 924 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 for known or suspected COVID-19 cases in Arizona was 572 on Thursday, down from 604 on Wednesday, and well below the record of 5,082 inpatients on Jan. 11. In comparison, the highest number of COVID-19 hospital admissions in a single day during the summer 2020 spike was 3,517 on July 13.
The number of suspected or known COVID-19 patients in intensive care units across Arizona was 152 on Thursday up from 168 on Wednesday, well below the record high of 1,183 on Jan. 11. Intensive care unit during the summer surge in mid-July, the beds used for COVID-19 peaked at 970.
Arizonans with confirmed and suspected COVID-19 on ventilators hit 68 on Thursday, down from 75 on Wednesday, and well below the record high of 821 on Jan. 13. During the summer surge, July 16 was the main day for ventilator use. with 687 patients.
As of Thursday, 1,007 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 Friday, more than 2 million people across the country had received at least one dose of vaccine, with more than 1.3 million people fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Arizona has approximately 5.6 million adults ages 18 and older.
What you should know about Friday’s numbers
Reported Cases in Arizona: 843.132.
Cases since the outbreak began increased by 940, or 0.11%, of the 842,192 cases identified on Thursday. 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: 525,002 in Maricopa, 112,846 in Pima, 49,651 in Pinal, 36,776 in Yuma, 22,168 in Mohave, 18,327 in Yavapai, 17,114 in Coconino, 15,734 in Navajo, 11,629 in Cochise, 11,121 in Apache, 7,829 in Santa Cruz, 6,358 in Gila in Graham , 2,446 in La Paz and 564 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 9,120 cases per 100,000 people, according to the CDC on Thursday.
The Navajo Nation reported 30,108 cases and a total of 1,252 confirmed deaths on Thursday. The Navajo Nation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
The Arizona Department of Corrections reported that as of Thursday, 12,214 inmates tested positive for COVID-19, 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 seven 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 4,058,763 individual diagnostic tests for COVID-19 on Friday, 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. Arizona says North Dakota, South Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah and Tennessee are 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 11,565 cases per 100,000 people. The national average is 9,120 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: 16,989
Deaths by counties: 9,670 in Maricopa, 2,355 in Pima, 857 in Pinal, 824 in Yuma, 690 in Mohave, 520 in Navajo, 490 in Yavapai, 420 in Apache, 325 in Coconino, 280 in Cochise, 221 in Gila, 173 in Santa Cruz, 77 in La Paz, 77 in Graham and 10 in Greenlee.
People aged 65 and over account for 12,740 of the 16,989 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 2,830,250. According to Johns Hopkins University, the US had the highest death toll of any country in the world at 553,214. Arizona’s total of 16,989 deaths is roughly 3.1% of the US COVID-19 deaths
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