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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, September 1
PHOENIX – Arizona health authorities reported 384 new coronavirus cases and seven other deaths on Sunday morning.
This brought the state’s documented totals to 208,512 COVID-19 infections and 5,322 deaths, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Multiple key metrics on the severity of the Arizona pandemic, including coronavirus-related hospitalizations, have been at or near a low in months.
The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 hospitalized patients in Arizona dropped to 525 on Saturday, the lowest since April 12.
The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds dropped to 171, returning to the second lowest score since April 9, the first day the AZDHS reported the statistic.
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.
Overall, inpatient beds were 81% full on Saturday, down 1% from the previous two days. The inpatient occupancy rate peaked at 88% on 9-10 July.
The ICU employment rate was 79%, a 1% increase over the previous two days. The ICU employment rate reached 91% on 7 July.
The hospital bed data on the health department website does not include surgical beds that have not been activated but can potentially increase capacity.
Arizona’s weekly positivity rate for COVID-19 diagnostic tests is at a rate of 4% for the fourth consecutive week, the lowest since the early days of the March pandemic. At the end of June it was 20%.
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.
Daily reports from the Arizona Department of Health feature cases, deaths, and test data after the state has received the statistics and confirmed them, which can be delayed by several days or more. They do not represent actual activity over the past 24 hours.
The hospital data published every morning, however, are reported the previous evening by the hospitals.
As cases skyrocketed in June, local governments in many parts of Arizona, including all of Maricopa County, implemented facemask requirements, 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.
The seven-day moving average for newly reported cases was 317 Saturday, according to the Associated Press monitoring. It came back after a slight rally in early September and is the lowest since May 4th.
The seven-day average of recently reported deaths was 18.33, the lowest since June 10.
The seven-day average for new cases peaked on July 6 at 3,844, and the statistic for deaths hit a high of 94 on July 30.
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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