Arizona reports 3,052 new COVID-19 cases, two additional deaths Sunday

Arizona reports 3,052 new COVID-19 cases, two additional deaths Sunday

AUGUST 08: Registered Nurse Ririn Widiashi administers the Pfizer vaccine to a client at a pop-up clinic at the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) in Lakemba on August 08, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney Local Health District have partnered with the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) to create a COVID-19 vaccination pop-up clinic. The clinic first began in late July and will be administering Pfizer and Astrazeneca vaccine according to eligibility with the aim of making it easier and more accessible for those in the local community to be vaccinated. Residents of New South Wales have been urged to get vaccinated this month, as Australia looks to reach a national target of 70% vaccinated to re-open and avoid snap lockdowns. Greater Sydney is in lockdown through August 28th to contain the highly contagious Covid-19 delta variant. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 3,052 new COVID-19 cases, exceeding 3,000 for the third consecutive day, and two additional deaths from the disease.

The latest documented totals are 965,462 infections and 18,464 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.

Hospitalizations in the state related to COVID-19 have nearly tripled since the end of May, but deaths are down significantly from Arizona’s previous waves.

People who aren’t fully vaccinated now account for almost all of the serious illnesses and deaths.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals increased by 33 overnight to 1,634 on Saturday, the most since Feb. 20.

The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients increased by three to 385.

The dashboard also showed that 3,895,043 people (54.2% of the state’s population, based on 7,189,020 residents) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3,419,555 people are fully vaccinated (47.5% of the population). The nationwide rates are 59.5% with at least one dose and 50.6% fully vaccinated, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state health department’s daily updates present case and death data after the state receives statistics and confirms them, which can lag by several days or more. They don’t represent the actual activity over the past 24 hours. The hospitalization numbers posted each morning are reported electronically the previous evening by hospitals across the state.

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

For details about statewide vaccine availability, the ADHS website has a vaccine-finder page with locations and other information.

For information about metro Phoenix vaccine availability, Maricopa County Public Health has a locator page that lists pharmacies, government-run sites, health clinics and pop-up distribution events.

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

The minimum age to receive the Pfizer shot 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, has no impact on some people and is seriously debilitating or fatal for others. Infected people without symptoms — which include but are not limited to cough, fever and difficulty breathing — are capable of spreading the virus.

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

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