Dr. Joseph Varon entered the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on December 29, 2020. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
This is a regularly updated story containing the latest information about the coronavirus and its impact in Arizona and beyond, as of December 30, 2020.
PHOENIX-Arizona health officials reported 5,267 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, and another 78 deaths.
According to information from the Arizona Department of Health Services, the total number of recorded cases in the state has increased to 51
Multiple COVID-19 indicators in Arizona have reached or are close to the highest levels of the pandemic.
On Tuesday, the number of hospitalized patients in Arizona with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 climbed to a record 4,526, a 97% increase since Thanksgiving.
The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds in the state increased to 1,076 on Tuesday, a record high for the sixth consecutive day.
On Tuesday, the use of ventilators and the number of emergency room visits for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 also reached a record high.
Records show that across the state, suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients account for 53% of all hospital beds and 61% of all ICU beds.
Overall, 91% of inpatient beds and 90% of ICU beds.
The rising tide of COVID-19 patients is squeezing the space left by other patients in Arizona hospitals. On Tuesday, only 39% of hospitalized patients were non-COVID, which is the second most prevalent rate. For ICU beds, the rate of non-COVID beds was 29%, a record low.
In the last week, through 113,233 tests, the weekly positive rate of COVID-19 diagnostic tests in Arizona was 22%. This indicator indicates the degree of spread of the virus in the community. If this situation continues, it will break the 21% record within a week starting on June 28.
Through 15,433 tests this week, the positive rate is as high as 27%.
The official positive rate is determined based on the time of sample collection rather than the time of reporting, 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 cases from the health department on Tuesday was 5,715.29, the lowest level since December 7.
The 7-day average of the newly reported number of COVID-19 deaths rose to 73.57 on Tuesday, rising for the second consecutive day after falling for five consecutive days.
After the state receives and confirms the statistics, it will update the current case, death and test 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, 100 hospitals across the state electronically report the hospitalization data released every morning every morning.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new type of coronavirus. It has no effect on some people, but it is seriously debilitating or fatal to others. Infected people have no symptoms-including but not limited to cough, fever, and difficulty breathing-that can spread the virus.
Information about the location of the test can be found on the Arizona Department of Health Services website.
Here are the latest updates on Wednesday about the coronavirus pandemic in this state, country and around the world:
- The UK has approved an easy-to-handle coronavirus vaccine and decided to extend the time between administrations so that more people can get a certain degree of protection faster as the infection surges.
- According to research by Johns Hopkins University, as of Wednesday morning, there were approximately 82.11 million COVID-19 cases and 1.79 million deaths worldwide. The number in the United States is approximately 19.52 million cases and 338,000 deaths.
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