Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations continue to drop in Arizona

COVID-19 hospitalizations and confirmed new cases in Arizona continue to drop, state officials said on Feb. 2.

The state Department of Health Services reported 2,938 additional cases and 238 deaths, increasing Arizona’s pandemic totals to 765,083 cases and 13,362 deaths.

There were 3,513 COVID-19 patients occupying hospital inpatient beds as of Monday, down from the pandemic high of 5,082 on Jan. 11.

Seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and daily deaths in Arizona both declined over the past two weeks, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project.

The rolling average of daily new cases dropped from 7,391.6 on Jan. 18 to 4,892.9 on Monday while the rolling average of daily deaths dropped from 186.5 to 126.4.

Arizona had the third-worst COVID-19 diagnosis rate among U.S. states over the past week, behind Texas and South Carolina. Arizona was in the top spot with the worst rate for much of January, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Arizona’s diagnosis rate was one person among every 209 residents.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher than reported because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

Ex-Gov. Jan Brewer tweeted Tuesday that she had just received her second vaccination shot at the large state-run site at State Farm Stadium in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale.

"The process this morning was extremely smooth and well organized and I’m feeling great so far! Thanks."

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


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CDC: How coronavirus spreads, symptoms, prevention, treatment, FAQ

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On, you'll find extensive coverage about COVID-19, including breaking news from around the country, exclusive interviews with health officials, and informative content from a variety of public health resources.

Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu. 

Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart conditions.

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To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, and avoid crowds and standing close to people.

And if you do find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms - don't go straight to your doctor's office. That just risks making more people sick, officials urge. Call ahead, and ask if you need to be seen and where.

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