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This is a regularly updated history with the latest information, news and updates about the coronavirus and its effects in Arizona and beyond for Wednesday, October 14th.
PHOENIX – Health authorities in Arizona reported 902 new cases of coronavirus and five additional deaths on Wednesday morning.
This shows that the documented total state data is 227,635 COVID-1
Key indicators of the severity of the Arizona pandemic have dropped dramatically since they peaked in the summer.
The number of hospitalizations with COVID-19 in Arizona rose to 711 on Tuesday, near the highest in the last month.
The number of patients with COVID-19 in intensive care beds has increased from 17 to 163, the most since 13 September.
The number of hospitalizations is well below the peak of the pandemic of 3,517 inpatients and 970 intensive care patients registered on July 13.
Arizona’s weekly percentage positive for COVID-19 diagnostic testing was 4% each of the past six weeks, with 76,817 tests recorded last week.
This week’s update on Wednesday was 6%, with 8,509 tests recorded.
The positivity rate, an indicator of the spread of the virus in the community, was 20% at the end of June.
Weekly rates are based on when samples are taken, not when they are reported, so the percentage for recent weeks may vary as laboratories are taken for testing and results are documented by the state.
Daily reports from the Arizona Health Department provide data on cases, deaths and tests after the state receives and confirms statistics, which can be several days or more behind. They do not represent the actual activity in the last 24 hours.
However, hospitalization data released each morning were reported by hospitals the night before.
The moving seven-day average for newly reported cases by the state health department was 685.71 as of Tuesday, according to the Associated Press, falling slightly after an increase for eight consecutive days.
The seven-day average of the newly reported deaths reached a slight 7.71, remaining close to the lowest level since the beginning of the pandemic.
The seven-day averages fell significantly below their peaks of 3,844 cases on July 6 and 94 deaths on July 30.
As cases jumped sharply in June, local governments in many parts of Arizona – including all in Maricopa County – met face mask requirements, and Gov. Doug Ducey issued executive orders to close certain businesses and limit restaurant occupancy.
The spread of COVID-19 slowed down after these steps were taken. Since then, all Arizona counties have met criteria set by the health department that allow closed businesses to reopen under capacity constraints and other regulations.
COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, does not affect some people and is severely debilitating or fatal to others. Asymptomatic infected people – which include, but are not limited to, cough, fever and difficulty breathing – are able to spread the virus.
Below are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic from across the country, country and world:
- There are more than 38.22 million COVID-19 cases worldwide and 1.09 million deaths as of Wednesday morning, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The figures for the United States are about 7.86 million cases and 216,000 deaths.
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