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Arizona surpassed 10,000 known deaths and 600,000 cases of COVID-19, as the state is again the worst in the country for new cases.

Nearly 100 new known deaths reported by the state on Saturday resulted in a number of COVID-19 deaths to 10,036.

The seven-day average for new cases in the state returns to the highest in the entire country after being ranked second on Friday. Prior to that, Arizona ranked first for three consecutive days, according to the COVID Data Tracker of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The rate of new positive cases in Arizona over the past seven days is 126.4 cases per 100,000 people, according to the CDC. The average in the United States for new cases is 68.7 cases per 100,000 people.

On Sunday, the state reported more than 17,200 new cases, the largest number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the day since the pandemic began, breaking the state’s previous record of December 8 with nearly 5,000 cases. The recording follows the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The state scoreboard shows that 92% of all intensive care beds and 93% of all Arizona beds were used on Thursday, with 54% of intensive care beds and 57% of non-intensive care beds occupied by patients with COVID-19. There were 138 intensive care beds and 633 non-intensive care beds throughout the country.

Hospitals are experiencing a “jump within a wave”, with signs of worse weeks ahead.

The number of patients hospitalized in Arizona for known or suspected cases of COVID-19 was 4,918 on Friday, just below the record of 4,920 on Wednesday. By comparison, the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in a single day during the summer tide was 3,517 on July 13.

The number of patients with suspected or known COVID-19 in the intensive care units in Arizona was 1121 on Friday, one below the record 1122 on Thursday. During the summer high tide in mid-July, the intensive care beds used for COVID-19 peaked at 970.

Arizona fans with confirmed and suspected COVID-19 collected 791 on Friday, a record high of 799 on Thursday. During the summer tide, July 16 was the peak day for ventilator use with 687 patients.

On Thursday, 2,109 emergency visits for COVID-19 were visited, under the one-day record of December 29 of 2,341 positive or presumed COVID-19 patients observed in the state’s emergency departments.

New cases in Arizona have eclipsed 5,000 in 26 of the last 31 days. Public health experts expect the virus to spread further due to personal contact during the holidays.

11,094 new cases on Saturday led to a total of 607,345 COVID-19 cases identified in the state. 98 additional deaths were reported, bringing the known total death toll from Arizona disease to 10,036, according to the data sheet from Arizona Department of Health Services.

The positive rate, which refers to the percentage of positive positive tests for the diagnosis of COVID-19, has usually increased, which many health experts consider an early indicator of a jump in disease.

The rate of positivity in Arizona also continues to grow. Last week it was 25%. For the week before, it was 20%, according to the state, which has a unique way to calculate the percentage of positivity. The positive rate was 4% for several weeks in August, September and October, according to state data.

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Johns Hopkins University estimates the seven-day moving average of the percentage of positive results in Arizona at 20.2% on Saturday. This shows that the state’s positivity rate peaked at 24.2% last month.

A positivity rate of 5% is considered a good indication that the spread of the disease is under control.

Arizona began its first vaccinations against COVID-19 for phase 1A in the week of December 14, but the process is slow. Health workers, first responders, residents of long-term care facilities and other vulnerable populations will be prioritized in the early stages, as will teachers, according to Governor Doug Ducey. He said the vaccine would be free for anyone who needed it once it was more widely available.

What to know The numbers on Saturday

Reported cases in Arizona: 607,345.

Cases since the onset of the outbreak increased by 11,094, or 1.86%, from 596,251 cases identified on Friday. These daily cases were grouped by the date they were reported to the Arizona Department of Health, not by the date the tests were administered.

Cases by district: 374,740 in Maricopa, 80,642 in Pima, 32,960 in Pinal, 30,847 in Yuma, 15,027 in Mojave, 13,293 in Yawapai, 12,610 in Coconino, 12,370 in Navajo, 8,737 in Koshiz, 8 201 in Apache, 6,620 in Santa Cruz, 5006 in Gila, 4012 in Graham, 1821 in La Paz and 459 in Green, according to US numbers.

The incidence rate per 100,000 people is highest in Yuma County, followed by Santa Cruz, Apache and Navajo counties. The rate in Yuma County is 13,414 cases per 100,000 people. By comparison, the U.S. average as of Friday was 6,488 cases per 100,000 people, according to the CDC.

The Navajo nation reported 24,776 cases and a total of 866 confirmed deaths as of Friday. The Navajo nation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Tribal leaders imposed a blockade on staying at home and restored evening hours for what officials called the “uncontrolled spread” of COVID-19 in the tribe’s communities.

The Arizona Penitentiary said 7,823 inmates had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, including 1,571 in Tucson, 1,530 in Yuma, 1,272 in Eiman, and 911 in Douglas; 43,055 prisoners were tested across the country. A total of 2,007 prison staff rated themselves positively, the department said. Twenty-six Arizona detainees have been confirmed to have died from COVID-19, with 15 additional deaths being investigated.

Race / ethnicity is unknown in 23% of all COVID-19 cases nationwide, but 34% of people are white, 29% are Hispanic or Hispanic, 5% are Indian, 3% are black, and 1% are Asian. Pacific Islanders.

Of those who have had positive tests in Arizona since the beginning of the pandemic, 15% are younger than 20, 45% were 20-44, 15% were 45-54, 12% were 55-64, and 13% were over 65 years old.

The laboratories completed 3,044,506 diagnostic tests on unique individuals for COVID-19, 13.7% of which returned positive. This number includes both PCR and antigen assay. The percentage of positive tests has increased since mid-May, but began to decline in July and remained stable at around 4% for several weeks for the state. Last week it was 25%. Government numbers exclude data from laboratories that do not report electronically.

The Arizona Department of Health has begun to include probable cases such as anyone with a positive antigen test, another type of test to determine the current infection. Antigen tests (unrelated to antibody tests) are a newer type of diagnostic test for COVID-19 that uses a nasal swab or other liquid sample to test for ongoing infection. The results are usually obtained within 15 minutes.

A positive antigen test is considered very accurate, but there is an increased chance of false-negative results, the Mayo clinic said. Depending on the situation, Mayo Clinic officials say the doctor may recommend a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test to confirm a negative antigen test.

As of Friday, Arizona has the 14th highest incidence rate in the country since January 21. Arizona has seen cases of 100,000 people since the pandemic began in North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Utah, Iowa, Rhode Island, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Idaho, Arkansas, Kansas and Indiana, according to the CDC.

The rate of infections in Arizona is 8,032 cases per 100,000 people, the CDC said. The national average is 6,488 cases per 100,000 people, although frequencies in the states affected at the start of the pandemic may be insufficient due to the lack of available tests in March and April.

Arizona reported deaths: 10,036

Mortality from the district: 5767 in Marikopa, 1219 in Pima, 573 in Yuma, 417 in Pinal, 389 in Mojave, 372 in Navajo, 275 in Yavapai, 259 in Apache, 233 in Coconino, 164 in Kochize, 154 in Gila, 116 in Santa Cruz, 55 in Graham, 39 in La Paz and four in Greenley.

People aged 65 and over make up 7,445 out of 10,036 deaths, or 74%. Then 15% of deaths are in the age group 55-64 years, 6% are aged 45-54 years and 5% are aged 20-44 years.

While race / ethnicity is unknown in 9% of deaths, 47% of deceased people whose race / ethnicity was known were white, 28% were Hispanic or Hispanic, 9% were Indian, 3% were black, and 1% are Asians / Pacific Islanders, state data show.

The total number of deaths on Saturday morning was 1,916,091, and the United States has the highest number of deaths from all countries in the world – 368,947, according to Johns Hopkins University. Arizona’s total mortality of 10,036 deaths accounted for 2.7 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the United States on Saturday.

The death toll from COVID-19 in Arizona was 133 per 100,000 people as of Friday, according to the CDC, which puts it in 13th place in the country in the US rankings that separate New York from New York State. The average for the United States is 109 deaths per 100,000 people, the CDC said.

New York has the highest mortality rate – 302 deaths per 100,000 people. It is followed by New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Dakota, Connecticut, South Dakota, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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