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This is a regularly updated story with the latest information about the coronavirus and its impact in Arizona and beyond on Tuesday, November 3.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Health Authority reported 1,679 new coronavirus infections and an additional 38 deaths on Tuesday morning.
According to the Arizona Department of Health, the state̵7;s total recorded total was 249,818 COVID-19 infections and 6,020 deaths.
Arizona passed 6,000 COVID-19 deaths in about two months after crossing the 5,000 mark on August 29. It took less than a month to rise from 4,000 to 5,000.
Tuesday is the eighth time in 10 days with more than 1,000 cases reported.
Key indicators of the severity of the pandemic in Arizona have fallen significantly from their summer peak, but cases and hospitalizations still trended up last month.
The number of hospital residents confirmed or suspected of COVID-19 infection in Arizona rose to 956 on Monday. 63.1% higher than October 1, when it was 586, and the highest since Aug. 25.
The number of COVID-19 patients at ICU beds fell to 227, 81.6% higher than October 1, when it was 125, and the second most since September 5.
Hospital admissions are still well below the pandemic peak of 3,517 inpatients and 970 ICU patients, both recorded on July 13.
Arizona’s weekly positive percentage of the COVID-19 diagnostic test, an indicator of the extent of the virus’s spread in the community, reached its highest level in two months.
It is 7% for 86,057 tests from last week, which would be the highest level since it was 8% for the week starting August 2nd.
This rate was as high as 20% by the end of June.
The weekly rates are based on when the samples were taken, not when they were reported, so the percentages in recent weeks have fluctuated when laboratories start testing and results are sub recorded state.
According to the Associated Press track, the seven-day average for the state health department’s reported new cases was 1,310.71 on Monday, according to the Associated Press tracking, second highest since July 7. 8 and 173% higher than the October 1 mark of 480.
The average number of newly reported seven-day deaths is relatively stable but has increased after the reported 45 deaths on Saturday. It is 15.29 for Monday, just like the day before. The index more than doubled over the past week but remains below the 16.43 mark on October 1.
The seven-day average is still far below a peak of 3,844 on July 6 and 94 deaths on July 30.
Arizona Department of Health’s daily reports of case, death, and testing data, once the state receives the statistics and validates them, could be a few days or more late. They do not represent actual operation in the past 24 hours.
Hospitalization data is published each morning reported by hospitals the night before.
As cases soared in June, local authorities in many parts of Arizona – including the entire Maricopa County – implemented mask requests and Governor Doug Ducey issued a sub-district executive order. state to close some businesses and restrict restaurant use.
The spread of COVID-19 slows down after those steps are taken. All of Arizona’s counties have since met standards set by the department of health that will allow businesses to reopen under capacity restrictions and other regulations.
COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, does not affect some people and causes serious debilitation or death in others. Infected people with no symptoms – including but not limited to cough, fever, and difficulty breathing – are capable of transmitting the virus.
Here are Tuesday’s latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic from across the state, country and world:
- The Phoenix Police Department’s crime laboratory has been certified to handle coronavirus tests, which can aid in the investigation of death.
- Globally, there were more than 47 million COVID-19 infections and 1.2 million deaths as of Tuesday morning, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The US figure is about 9.3 million cases and 231,500 deaths.
According to @ KTAR923
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