Arizona reported more than 2,600 new COVID-19 cases and 38 new known deaths on Saturday as cases spiked across the country.

The new cases reported on Saturday marked the highest daily report in Arizona since Aug. 1 The United States for the past three days has counted more than 100,000 new cases daily for the first time since the translation begins.

COVID-19 cases identified in Arizona rose 2,620 on Saturday to 257,384 and the number of known deaths was 6,147, according to a daily report from the Arizona Department of Health. The new cases have exceeded 1,000 cases in 11 in the past 14 days.

The past few weeks have seen relatively higher daily case reports due to the virus spreading at the fastest rate in Arizona since June, although the number of cases is still far below the highs. summer point.

The rate of new cases in Arizona fell below rates reported in 32 other states plus Guam and Puerto Rico, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID data tracker. According to the CDC report, cases are on the rise in North Dakota, where the rate of new cases per 100,000 people in the previous 7 days was 171.4. For comparison, Arizona’s rate is 20.5.

The surge in new COVID-19 cases over the summer is an early sign of more hospitalizations and deaths in the coming weeks.

Governor Doug Ducey said last week that Arizona residents “need to stay vigilant” but announced that there are no new deterrents, instead pointing to existing strategies such as limiting restaurant capacity.

The number of patients hospitalized statewide for known or suspected COVID-19 cases was 1,139 on Friday, the highest number reported since Aug. 18. At the peak of Arizona. In July, the number of hospitalized patients with suspicion or confirmation of the virus exceeded 3,000.

The number of patients with suspected or known COVID-19 in intensive care units across Arizona was 249 on Friday, down slightly from 250 on Thursday. This is much lower than in July, when the number of ICU beds used for COVID-19 reached 970.

The number of Arizona people with confirmed and suspected COVID-19 using a ventilator was 137 on Friday, down from 138 on Thursday, which was the most used ventilator in a day since September 3. In mid-July, up to 687 people. patients across the state with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are undergoing mechanical ventilation.

Friday’s dashboard showed that 87% of inpatient beds and 86% of ICU beds are in use, including those on COVID-19 and other patients. COVID-19 patients are using 13% of all inpatient beds and 15% of ICU beds. Overall, 30% of ventilators were used.

The percentage positive, which refers to the percentage of COVID-19 positive diagnostic tests, has increased slightly, which many medical experts consider the primary sign of an increase in disease.

Of the test results known from last week, the positive percentage was 7%, up from 6% last week, according to the state, there is a unique positive percentage calculation. The percentage is positive at 4% for several weeks during August, September and October, according to state data.

Johns Hopkins University calculates Arizona’s seven-day mobile average of a positive percentage at 12.9% as of Saturday. It shows that the state’s positive percentage has reached a relatively steady level and is currently trending up.

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

Things you need to know about Friday numbers

Cases Reported in Arizona: 257,384

Cases increased 2,620, or 1.03%, from the 254,764 cases identified Friday since the outbreak began.

County case: 165,702 in Maricopa, 30,066 in Pima, 14,377 in Yuma, 12,768 in Pinal, 6,784 in Navajo, 5,773 in Coconino, 4,722 in Mohave, 4,127 in Apache, 3,276 in Yavapai, 3,110 in Santa Cruz, 2,381 in Cochise, 2,142 in Gila, 1,408 in Graham, 639 in La Paz and 109 in Greenlee, by state number.

The highest case rate per 100,000 population was in Yuma County, followed by Navajo, Santa Cruz and Apache counties. The rate in Yuma County is 6,252 cases per 100,000 people. For comparison, the average US rate is 2,895 cases per 100,000 people, according to the CDC.

National Navajo reported 12,288 cases and 591 confirmed deaths as of Friday. The Navajo country includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Friday night began a 56-hour weekend curfew that stretched to 5 a.m. on Monday due to what Navajo leaders said was the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in 29 communities.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer posted on their Facebook page on Friday evening: “The uncontrolled rise of COVID-19 in some communities is largely due to travel. from the Navajo Nation and family reunion.

The Arizona Correctional Department said 2,650 prisoners had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, including 999 in Tucson; 41,196 prisoners statewide were inspected. A total of 818 prison staff reported positive test results themselves, the state reform ministry said. Nineteen people detained in Arizona have been confirmed dead from COVID-19, with nine more deaths being investigated.

While 29% of all COVID-19 cases across the state are racially / ethnic unknown, 30% of cases are Hispanic or Latino, 27% are white, 6% are American. Indigenous, 3% are black and 1% are Asian / Pacific.

Of those who tested positive in Arizona since the beginning of the pandemic, 14% were under 20 years old, 48% 20-44, 15% 45-54, 11% 55-64, and 11% were over 65 years of age. .

Laboratories completed 1,858,835 COVID-19 diagnostic tests, 10.1% of which were positive. That figure now includes both PCR and antigen tests. The rate of positive tests has risen since mid-May but started dropping in July and has remained steady by around 4% for several weeks, according to the state. Last week it was at 7%, up from 6% of the previous week. Number states remove data from labs that do not report electronically.

ADHS has begun to cover probable cases like anyone with a positive antigen test, another type of test to identify an existing infection. The antigen test (not related to an antibody test) is a newer type of COVID-19 diagnostic test that uses a cotton swab or other liquid sample to check for current infection. Results are usually produced within 15 minutes.

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

Arizona as of Friday had the 16th highest infection rate in the country. According to the CDC, the number of cases ahead of Arizona with more than 100,000 people since the pandemic started were North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Idaho, Utah, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina and Illinois .

The CDC says Arizona’s infection rate is 3,524 cases per 100,000 people. The national average is 2,895 cases per 100,000 people, although the rate in the states severely affected at the outset of the pandemic may be a low number due to the lack of testing available in March and May. Private.

Number of deaths reported: 6,147

Number of deaths by district: 3,699 in Maricopa, 658 in Pima, 363 in Yuma, 256 in Navajo, 240 in Mohave, 231 in Pinal, 183 in Apache, 151 in Coconino, 99 in Yavapai, 76 in Cochise, 74 in Gila, 66 in Santa Cruz, 31 years old in Graham, 18 years old in La Paz and less than three years old in Greenlee.

People 65 and over accounted for 4,386 out of 6,147 deaths, or 71%. Accordingly, 16% of deaths are at the age of 55-64, 7% are at the age of 45-54 and 6% are at the age of 20-44.

While 11% of deaths have no race / ethnicity identified, 42% of deaths are Caucasian, 30% Hispanic or Latino, 11% Native American, 3% Black and 1% Asian / Pacific Islander, state figures only.

The global death toll as of Saturday morning was 1,245,588 and the United States had the highest death toll of any country in the world, 236,178, according to Johns Hopkins University. Arizona’s total death toll was 6,147, representing 2.6% of all COVID-19 deaths in the US as of Saturday.

The COVID-19 death rate in Arizona was 84 per 100,000 people on Friday, according to the CDC, ranking ninth in the country in the state rankings separating New York City and New York states. The CDC says the US average is 71 deaths per 100,000 people.

Behind New York City, with 286 deaths per 100,000 people, the CDC puts the highest death rates ahead of Arizona, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Mississippi and the District of Columbia.

Republican correspondent Alison Steinbach contributed to this report.

Contact healthcare reporter Stephanie Innes at or at 602-444-8369. Follow her on Twitter @stephanieinnes

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