According to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services, on Tuesday, December 29, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona reached 507,222, an increase of 2,799 from the previous day. In December last year, there were 175,280 new COVID-19 cases in Arizona, which means that since the pandemic began, 35% of the total number of cases in the state appeared in December alone.
In the past four months, the state has been somewhat effective in fighting the virus, but it has shown significant signs of decline. In July, there were an average of 3,075 new cases per day. In August, Arizona increased by an average of 877 new cases per day. In September, an average of 552 new cases per day was added. However, in October, an average of 903 new cases per day was added. There are 2600 new cases every day. As of December, the state had an average of 6,1
At the same time, 171 new deaths have been reported since yesterday, and the number of deaths due to COVID-19 cases in Arizona is 8,640.
Dr. Cara Christ, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, said: “The numbers are still moving in an interesting direction, especially considering that the number of holiday parties and gatherings is expected in the coming weeks. increase.”
This is the second surge in Arizona, and this summer is a national hot spot for the disease. At that time, people abruptly canceled hygiene procedures before the Memorial Day weekend, when people gathered for gatherings and gatherings, which caused a surge in cases.
Health experts worry that this trend may now repeat itself as people travel and party during the winter holidays, and this threat may become more serious during the regular flu season.
Dr. Daniel Derksen, vice president of the University of Arizona School of Health Sciences, said that many people’s vacation trips this weekend put the state in a severe situation in terms of hospital beds.
He said: “The various cascading effects that are currently taking place not only affect those with serious consequences of the COVID-19 infection, but they do limit the health system’s ability to deal with all other diseases. As well as entering the flu season.”
Dirksen said that the “really scary moment” for public health experts will be the next two to six weeks, and holiday travel will increase again. But the result could be worse, not just in Arizona.
He said: “It’s not just the saturation hospitals are reaching saturation.” “This is the whole area.”
Holly Ward, a spokesperson for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, said that the increase in hospitalizations in the state during the winter is not uncommon, but COVID-19 adds another layer to this dynamic.
“Generally speaking, in winter, the number of hospitalized patients has increased, but now we have increased the COVID, and now ICU (intensive care unit) bed utilization has become more and more dangerous,” Ward said.
She said that regardless of the situation, hospitals and medical institutions as a whole are ready to accept any patient, but she urges people to do their part so as not to put pressure on those “medical heroes.”
She said: “The hospital is there to take care of anyone around us.” “But we also rely on our community to do our part and prevent diseases that most of us can prevent from putting pressure on the hospital system. “
As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Arizona, governments across the state have begun to implement or retake preventive measures to stop the spread of the virus.
In Payson, Mayor Tom Morrissey reinstated an emergency notice requiring people to wear face masks in the town until further notice. He said that the fluidity of this virus transmission is a “mutation factor.”
Tucson City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to impose a curfew from 10pm to 5am starting this Friday. The curfew starts on Friday and lasts until December 22, which means that only important workers can go out during these hours.
Operation Tucson was triggered by a memo issued by the COVID-19 Modeling Team at the University of Arizona on Friday. The memo stated that if action is not taken to stop this spread, Arizona “will be the worst natural disaster the state has experienced Cause a disaster.”
Ward said the state has learned a lot from the summer surge of the pandemic, which helps it better prepare for the current revival.
She said: “The summer has experienced a great tide. We have established very important agreements and precautions as a statewide system.” “We all have responsibilities, but we all have the power to control ourselves, even if we don’t help our family. , The power of friends and the community, we can also ensure that this situation is stopped.”
Dirksen said that although an effective COVID-19 vaccine is already available, it may not be available to the public until a few months, and the challenge of only providing these doses will be “quite logistical work.”
He said the best thing anyone can do is to adhere to the precautions that medical experts have tried repeatedly throughout the year: wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands and avoid crowds.
Dirksen said: “Help is on the way, but now, the best measure is the self-help measures you can take.” “If you don’t pay attention, you will be exposed.”
COVID-19 is a serious disease that can be fatal to anyone, especially our elderly population and people with basic health conditions. ADHS recommends that everyone take preventive measures:
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Wear a mask when close to others.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth without washing your hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue into the trash can.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
When an infected person coughs or sneezes, COVID-19 spreads through the air. Symptoms are believed to appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. For patients with mild illness, people are required to stay at home, drink plenty of water, and rest. For people with more severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, individuals are advised to seek medical care.
After Arizona confirmed its first travel-related COVID-19 case, ADHS activated its Health Emergency Operations Center on January 27. The Health Emergency Operations Center remains open to coordinate New York State’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information on Arizona’s COVID-19 response, please visit azhealth.gov/COVID19 online.
Josh Ortega of Cronkite News contributed to this report.