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This is a regularly updated story that contains the latest information about the coronavirus and its impact in Arizona and beyond, as of December 26, 2020.
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According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the total number of recorded cases in the state increased to 493,041 COVID-19 infections and 8424 deaths.
Multiple COVID-19 indicators in Arizona have reached or are close to the highest levels of the pandemic.
After setting a record high on Thursday, the number of hospitalized patients in Arizona with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 dropped to 4,165 on Friday.
However, the number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds in the state increased to 983, setting a third record in the past four days.
Statewide, suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients accounted for 49% of all hospital beds, which was lower than the record level of 50% in the previous two days and 55% of all ICU beds.
Overall, 89% of inpatient beds have been filled, and 91% of ICU beds have been filled. The state had 154 unused ICU beds on Friday, an increase of 23 from the previous day.
The weekly positive rate for COVID-19 diagnostic tests in Arizona this week is 22% (76,331 tests indicate how much the virus has spread in the community), and it represents the extent to which the virus has spread in the community. If this situation continues, it will break the 21% record in the week starting on June 28.
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 cases by the health department was 6,323 on Friday, nearly 150 lower than Thursday.
On Friday, the 7-day average of the newly reported number of COVID-19 deaths was 84.29, a decline for the third consecutive day, but still the ninth highest in history.
After the state receives and confirms the statistics, it will update the situation, death and testing data every day, which may be delayed by a few days or more. 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-to spread the virus.
Information about the location of the test can be found on the Arizona Department of Health Services website.
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