This is a regularly updated story that contains the latest information on the coronavirus and its impact in Arizona and beyond on January 8, 2021.
Phoenix – Arizona health officials reported 11,658 new coronavirus cases last Friday, and another 197 deaths from COVID-19.
This is the third-largest daily death report, ranking in the top three since Tuesday.
According to information from the Arizona Department of Health Services, the total number of recorded cases in the state has moved to 596,251 COVID-19 infections and 9,938 deaths.
According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control, as of Thursday, Arizona had the second highest incidence of coronavirus, a few days later, after New Jersey, and second only to New Jersey, and ranked third in the national per capita mortality rate in the past seven days.
Arizona hospitals continue to see records of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients or close to records.
On Thursday, the number of inpatients in the COVID-19 hospital in Arizona fell to 4,907, which is 13 fewer than the record a day ago and the second most in history.
The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds in the state rose to a record 1,122, an increase of 21 from the previous day’s record.
Statewide, suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients accounted for 57% of all hospital beds in a record setting, and 63% of all ICU beds in a record setting.
Overall, inpatient beds and ICU beds accounted for 93%, which is consistent with the pandemic. Only 131 ICU beds are not used.
The weekly positive rate of COVID-19 diagnostic tests in Arizona is the highest ever indicator, which indicates the extent to which the virus has spread in the community.
So far this week, 26% of the 70,526 people tested have had positive results. Last week, the positive rate reached a record 25%.
The official positive rate is determined based on the time of sample collection rather than the time of report, so the percentage in recent weeks may fluctuate with laboratory tests, and the results are recorded by the state.
According to the Associated Press, the seven-day rolling average of newly reported coronavirus cases reported by the health department was 9,198 on Thursday, the highest in history and the first time it exceeded 9,000.
On Thursday, the 7-day average of the newly reported number of COVID-19 deaths was 125.29, more than 20 higher than the previous day’s record.
After the state receives and confirms the statistics, it will update the current case, death and testing data daily, which may be delayed by several days or longer. They do not represent actual activity in the past 24 hours.
According to the requirements of the executive order, every morning, 100 hospitals across the state electronically report the hospitalization data released every morning.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the new coronavirus. It has no effect on some people, but it is severely debilitating or fatal to others. Infected people without symptoms (including but not limited to cough, fever, and difficulty breathing) can spread the virus.
Diagnostic tests can be performed in hundreds of locations in Arizona, and anyone who has symptoms or may be contacted by an infected person should undergo diagnostic tests. Information about locations, schedules and registration can be found on the website of the Department of Health Services.
The following are the latest developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic from the state, country and around the world on Friday:
- According to research by Johns Hopkins University, as of Friday morning, there are approximately 88.2 million COVID-19 cases and 1.9 million deaths worldwide. The number in the United States is approximately 21.59 million cases and 365,000 deaths.
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