A mother is holding her daughter while a Red Cross volunteer performs a Covid-19 rapid test at a screening clinic during the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic on December 2, 2020 in Hildburghausen, Germany. (Photo: Thomas Lohnes / Getty Images)
This is a regularly updated story with the latest information on the coronavirus and its impact in Arizona and beyond as of December 2, 2020.
PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Wednesday reported 3,840 new cases of coronavirus with 52 additional deaths.
The state documented a total of 340,979 COVID-19 infections and 6,739 deaths, according to the Arizona Department of Health.
Overall, key pandemic indicators rose in Arizona at a rate not seen since the first wave in June and July. Cases have been plentiful since early October, reaching record levels last week.
The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 hospital inpatients in Arizona was 2,699 on Tuesday, a 22% increase over the past week and the most since July 24th.
The number of COVID-19 inpatients peaked at 3,517 on 13 July and then dropped to 468 on 27 September.
The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds was 642 on Tuesday, a 21% increase from last week and the largest since Aug. 1.
The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds peaked on July 13, 970, and then dropped to 114 on September 22.
Across the state, 31% of all inpatient beds and 37% of all intensive care units were filled by suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, the level last experienced in late July and early August. Overall, inpatient beds were filled with 87% and ICU beds with 90%.
Arizona’s weekly percentage of positivity for COVID-19 diagnostic tests, which shows how much the virus is spreading in the community, has reached its highest level in nearly five months.
The positivity rate is 18% for the 13,123 tests reported so far this week, the highest since it was 19% for the week beginning July 5th.
The positivity rate was 15% for the 132,096 tests reported last week.
The weekly rate peaked at 21% at the end of June and fell to 4% in early October.
Official positivity rates are based on the time of sampling, not when they are reported, so the percentage for recent weeks may fluctuate as laboratories are included in the tests and the results are documented by the state.
The rolling seven-day average of newly reported cases by the State Department of Health jumped to a record 4,324.43 after Tuesday’s record of more than 10,000 cases, according to an Associated Press follow-up.
The seven-day average fell to 373.14 on 12 September after the summer wave.
The seven-day average of newly reported deaths was relatively stable relative to the number of cases and was 24.57 on Tuesday.
The seven-day mortality average peaked at 94 on July 30 and then dropped to 5.57 on October 14.
The Arizona Department of Health reports cases, deaths, and test data daily after the state receives and confirms statistics that may be several days behind. They do not represent the actual activity of the last 24 hours.
Hospitals report hospital data published each morning the night before.
COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, has no effect on some people, severely debilitating or fatal for others. Asymptomatic infected people, including, but not limited to, cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, are able to spread the virus.
Information on test sites can be found on the Arizona Department of Health website.
The following are the latest developments in the coronavirus epidemic on Wednesday from all over the state, country, and world:
- British officials approved the COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, which brightened the world’s first shot against a virus backed by rigorous science with a green light and took a significant step towards ending the pandemic.
- There were more than 64.03 million COVID-19 cases and 1.48 million deaths worldwide by Wednesday morning, according to research from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. figures were about 13.73 million cases and 270,000 deaths.
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