Community care worker Karin Casciano evaluated an 83-year-old patient during a home health check in White Plains, New York, on December 23, 2020. The patient is a former US Marine Corps member. He said that Christmas stockings are for adult children, although he will not see them this Christmas due to the pandemic. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
This is a regularly updated story that contains the latest information about the coronavirus and its impact in Arizona and beyond, as of December 25, 2020.
PHOENIX-Arizona health officials reported 6,616 new coronavirus cases on Christmas Day, and another 115 deaths, while a record number of COVID-19 patients were spending their holidays in the hospital.
According to information from the Arizona Department of Health Services, the total number of recorded cases in the state has increased to 486,935 COVID-19 infections and 8,409 deaths.
Many COVID-19 indicators in Arizona have reached or are close to the highest levels of the pandemic.
The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 hospital inpatients in Arizona climbed to a record high of 4,226 on Thursday, the 12th daily record in the past 14 days.
The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds in the state increased to 976, setting a second record in the past three days.
Statewide, suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients accounted for 50% of all hospital beds recorded the day before and 55% of all ICU beds.
Overall, 91% of inpatient beds have been filled, and ICU beds have reached a pandemic record, accounting for 93%. The state had 131 unused ICU beds on Thursday, one less than the previous day.
Through 51,929 tests this week, Arizona’s weekly positive rate of COVID-19 diagnostic tests (an indicator of the extent to which the virus has spread in the community) is 23%. If this situation continues, it will break the 21% record within a 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 is 6,469, which is the highest level this week.
Last Thursday, the 7-day average of newly reported COVID-19 deaths was 88.14, a decline for the second day in a row, but it was still the fifth highest number ever.
After the state receives and confirms the statistics, it will update the situation, death and testing data every day, which may be delayed by several 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 the new coronavirus. It has no effect on some people, but it is severely 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.
The following are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic from the state, country and the world on Friday:
- After Donald Trump threw a grenade and threatened to blow up a massive COVID relief and government funding bill, he played golf in Florida on Christmas Eve.
- According to research by Johns Hopkins University, as of Friday morning, there were approximately 79.25 million COVID-19 cases and 1.74 million deaths worldwide. The number in the United States is approximately 18.66 million cases and 329,000 deaths.
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