PHOENIX - Health officials in Arizona on Dec. 6 reported 3,022 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths from the virus.
The latest numbers pushed the state’s totals to 1,295,076 confirmed cases since the pandemic began and 22,589 known deaths.
Arizona health officials had reported 5,236 cases and 14 deaths Friday, 6,043 cases and 164 deaths Saturday and 3,820 new cases with 28 more deaths Sunday.
The Friday and Saturday numbers marked just the second time Arizona has seen more than 5,000 cases on two consecutive days since January’s winter surge.
The state Department of Health Services dashboard showed that the number of COVID hospitalizations reached a 10-month high.
Arizona hospitals had 2,760 confirmed or suspected COVID inpatients on Sunday. That was 45 more than Saturday and the most since Feb. 7.
Health officials say ICU usage for COVID-19 patients was at 673 beds on Sunday, two less than Saturday but still near top of the current wave.
The dashboard also showed that 67% of state residents old enough to get vaccinated have received at least one shot while 57.6% of them are fully vaccinated.
However, Arizona trails behind the national rates of 75.5% of age-eligible residents with at least one dose and 63.7% fully vaccinated.
Arizona COVID-19 resources, FAQ: azdhs.gov/coronavirus
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.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- 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.
- Monitor your health daily
COVID-19 vaccine distribution (from FOXNews.com)
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