Health officials reported more than 2000 cases on Sunday in Arizona. The 7-day average and number of inpatient beds in use by Covid-19 patients have seen a large increase. The latest reports suggest that there is a 124% increase in covid cases in the state’s 7-day average.
The 1103 cases reported on Monday are the most number of cases after March 12.
Covid Spike In Arizona
There is a 53% increase in the covid-19 inpatient bed use. Also, other metrics like 7-day average, ICU bed use, ventilator use, have been increasing gradually in the past few days.
Health officials say that the 2306 cases and the 5 deaths took the state to a total of 929,541 cases and 18,251 known deaths. On Saturday, 22 reported deaths in Arizona, and that was the highest number of deaths in a day after March.
Health officials in the state suggest that the worsening of the spread is due to the highly contagious delta variant of coronavirus and also the low vaccination rate. Health experts say that there is a high virus transmission across the state and with the presence of delta variant the situation is worsening.
Arizona was ranked 51 among the 60 states according to the 7-day average on March 28. But there has been a huge fluctuation in the number of cases and the reports say that Arizona is now ranked as the 13th state according to the 7-day average. The increase in percent positivity indicates a community spread according to experts.
The percent positivity has been on the increasing side for the last 2 months. It increased from 5 to 6 for the weeks of June 20 and 27. From there it has now reached 15% in the last week.
A positivity rate of 5% or below 5% indicates that the situation is under control. But for the state, it doesn’t look good at this point.
The worst death rate and cases are still in Arizona when compared to all other states in the country.
According to the CDC, the US average death rate is 183 per 100,000 people. For Arizona, it has been 249 per 100,000 people, making it the worst in the country.
Public health officials attribute this spike to the delta variant.
The vaccination began in Arizona, first for health workers. After that, the state shifted to an age-based vaccination. The state officials report that almost 3.7 million people of Arizona, that is, 52% of the population had received at least one dose of vaccine. Also, more than 3.3 million people have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The Arizona department of health service update adds exactly 2,306 cases and 5 confirmed deaths. Experts say that this delta variant is now making its way across the country and it has impacted Arizona more than any other state in the country.
Amidst the presence of the new variant delta virus, CDC recommends that even fully vaccinated ones should wear masks indoors.
This is the second consecutive day that officials reporting above 2000 cases a day. Hospitalization has soared this month in Arizona. According to health officials, unvaccinated ones are accounting for serious health issues and deaths.