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This is a regularly updated story with the latest information, news and updates on the coronavirus and its impact in Arizona and beyond for Sunday, October 4th.
PHOENIX – Arizona health authorities reported 355 new coronavirus cases and one further death on Sunday morning.
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Multiple key metrics on pandemic severity in Arizona are nearly the lowest in months.
The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 hospitalized patients in Arizona fell to 545 on Saturday, down 60 from 605 on Friday.
On Saturday, the number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds was 133, the highest since Sept. 17 but not far above the pandemic low of 114.
COVID-19 hospitalized patients peaked at 3,517 on July 13, and COVID-19 patients in ICU beds peaked at 970 on the same day.
Arizona’s weekly positivity rate for COVID-19 diagnostic tests is on the 4% rate for the fifth consecutive week, with 45,369 tests recorded so far this week.
The positivity rate, an indicator of how far the virus is spreading in the community, reached 20% at the end of June.
Weekly rates are based on when samples are taken, not when they are reported, so the percentage for the last few weeks may vary as labs get involved in testing and results are documented by the state.
Arizona Department of Health Daily Reports feature cases, deaths, and test data after the state receives the statistics and confirms them, which can be delayed by several days or more. They do not represent actual activity over the past 24 hours.
The admissions data posted every morning, on the other hand, are reported the previous evening by the hospitals.
The seven-day moving average for new cases reported by the state health department was 510.43 as of Saturday, according to the Associated Press monitoring, and has been relatively stable over the past week.
The seven-day average of recently reported deaths was 11.86 through Saturday, the third time under 17 since June 10.
The seven-day case average peaked at 3,844 on 6 July and the average death rate reached 94 on July 30.
As cases skyrocketed in June, local governments in many parts of Arizona, including all of Maricopa County, implemented requirements for face masks, and Governor Doug Ducey issued statewide executive orders. to close some businesses and limit the occupation of restaurants.
The spread of COVID-19 has soon slowed and has been steadily declining since the peak of the pandemic. Much of the state has met the benchmarks set by the health department that allow some businesses to reopen under capacity limitations and other regulations.
COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has no impact on some people and is severely debilitating or fatal for others. Infected people without symptoms – which include but are not limited to cough, fever, and difficulty breathing – are able to spread the virus.
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