Arizona once again is reporting a daily number of new coronavirus cases above 1,000.
The state Department of Health Services posted on its website Monday another 1,104 cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths. This now brings the statewide total number of coronavirus cases to 36,705 and related deaths to 1,194.
The were 1,449 patients hospitalized for positive or suspected instances of COVID-19 on Sunday. It marks two weeks straight of at least 1,000 hospitalizations. The state’s hospitals were at about 82% capacity. 80% is the cutoff for suspending elective surgeries to save space for a potential surge in virus cases.
Health department officials have said there were not yet halting surgeries as they review the capacity numbers.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
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In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.