Arizona reports 3,418 new COVID-19 cases, 27 more dead on Saturday

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PHOENIX β€” Arizona health officials reported 3,418 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, more than 3,000 for the second consecutive day, and 27 additional deaths from the disease.

The latest documented totals are 962,410 infections and 18,462 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.

Hospital admissions in the state related to COVID-19 have nearly tripled since late May, but deaths have fallen significantly from previous waves in Arizona.

People who have not been fully vaccinated are now responsible for almost all serious illnesses and deaths.

The number The number of confirmed or suspected admitted COVID-19 patients in state hospitals rose 11 overnight to 1,601 on Friday, the highest number since Feb. 20.

The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients has fallen by eight to 382.

The dashboard also showed that 3,886,821 people (54.1% of the state’s population, based on 7,189,020 residents) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3,413,642 people have been fully vaccinated (47.5% of the population ). The national rates 59.4% are at least one dose and 50.5% are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The daily updates from the state health department present case and death data after the state receives and confirms statistics, which can be several days or longer. They do not represent the actual activity of the past 24 hours. The hospital admission numbers posted each morning are electronically reported by hospitals across the state the night before.

Free federally authorized vaccines are widely available and highly effective in preventing disease from COVID-19, including the more contagious delta variant now responsible for most new cases in the U.S.

For more information on vaccine availability statewide, the ADHS website has a: vaccine finding page with locations and other information.

For information on the availability of metro Phoenix vaccines, Maricopa County Public Health has a: locator page listing pharmacies, government-run sites, health clinics, and pop-up distribution events.

Appointments may be necessary depending on the provider, but many accept walk-ins.

The minimum age to get the Pfizer injection has been reduced to 12, but it’s still 18 for the other approved versions, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, does not affect some people and is severely debilitating or fatal for others. Infected people without symptoms – including but not limited to coughing, fever and breathing difficulties – can spread the virus.

Information about where to get tested for COVID-19 can be found on the ADHD website.

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