Arizona cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, now exceed 16,000 with 799 known deaths, according to numbers released on Saturday by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Arizona’s total identified cases rose to 16,039 on Saturday, with 799 known deaths, according to the most recent state figures. That’s an increase of 431 confirmed cases, or 2.76%, since Friday.
The number of confirmed cases reported each day has risen steadily over the past weeks as more testing has taken place.
Reported daily death numbers have spiked throughout the past several weeks, although many occurred in previous weeks and are just being added to the system now because of reporting lags and a new death certificate surveillance process. The number of deaths reported each day represents the additional known deaths identified by the health department that day, but they are often not identified on the actual death date and could have occurred weeks prior.
The dates with the most deaths in a single day so far are April 30 and May 8 with 24 deaths each, followed by April 23 with 23 deaths. Next come April 19, April 20 and May 5 with 22 deaths on each of those days, according to Saturday data, which is likely to change in the days ahead as more deaths are identified.
Maricopa County has 8,177 confirmed cases, according to state numbers.
The number of Arizona cases likely is higher than official numbers because of limits on supplies and available tests. The state announced April 23 that anyone who believes he or she could be infected can now get tested.
The Governor’s Office and health department announced a “testing blitz” with the goal of testing 10,000 to 20,000 people each Saturday for three consecutive weekends. On May 15, the department announced the program would continue for two more Saturdays. Arizona has significantly increased diagnostic testing over the past two weeks because of loosened testing requirements and the weekend blitzes.
The percentage of positive tests per week decreased from 10% four weeks ago to 5% last week, likely in part because a broader range of people were being tested rather than just the very sick.
Hospitalization numbers listed 12% of cases as requiring hospitalization, or 1,930 cases. On Friday, 84 cases were discharged from the hospital, with inpatient bed usage remaining at 83%.
The state’s effort to add new hospital beds has affected the hospitalization data. While the percentage of beds available has been fairly stable over the past couple weeks, the raw numbers of people in the hospital due to COVID-19 have actually gone up.
The latest Arizona data
As of Saturday morning, the state reported death totals from these counties: 383 in Maricopa, 173 in Pima, 72 in Coconino, 56 in Navajo, 37 in Pinal, 34 in Mohave, 25 in Apache, eight in Yuma and six in Yavapai.
La Paz County and Gila County officials reported two deaths each and Cochise County reported one death, although the state site listed the three counties as just having fewer than three deaths. Greenlee, Graham and Santa Cruz counties each reported no deaths.
Of the statewide identified cases overall, 47% are men and 53% are women. But men made up a higher percentage of deaths, with 55% of the deaths men and 45% women as of Saturday.
People 65 and older made up 626 of the 799 total deaths, or 78%. People aged 55-64 made up 12% of deaths, followed by those aged 45-54 with 5% and 20-44 with 4% of deaths.
While race/ethnicity is unknown for 20% of deaths, 42% of deaths were white, 17% were Native American and 16% were Hispanic or Latino.
Overall, Arizona has 223.1 cases and 11.11 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to state data.
The scope of the outbreak differs by county. Maricopa County has 187.2 cases and 8.77 deaths per 100,000 residents, and Pima has 191.6 cases and 16.56 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Coconino has 679 cases and 48.89 deaths per 100,000 residents, and Navajo has 1,321.5 cases and 49.63 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Of the 16,039 cases, 30% involve individuals with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiac disease, hypertension, chronic pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease or chronic liver disease. In addition, 41% of all cases are considered “high-risk,” meaning the individual is either over 65 or has a chronic condition.
Of all confirmed cases, 8% are younger than 20, 39% are aged 20 to 44, 17% are aged 45 to 54, 15% are aged 55 to 64 and 21% are over 65. This aligns with the proportions of testing done for each age range.
The state Health Department website said both state and private laboratories have completed a total of 180,439 diagnostic tests for COVID-19, and 73,350 serology, or antibody, tests.
Most COVID-19 diagnostic tests come back negative, the state’s dashboard shows, with 6.7% positive. For serology tests, 3% have come back positive.
Maricopa County’s Department of Public Health provided more detailed information on its 8,054 cases Saturday (the state reported its cases at 8,177):
Confirmed cases increased by 166 from Friday to Saturday. Deaths increased by 10 to 367.
- The cases are 46% men and 54% women.
- 1,234 cases have been linked to residents of long-term care facilities. Of those, 282 people (23%) have been hospitalized and 263 people (21%) have died.
- 188 long-term care facilities have at least one positive case from a resident or staff. Of the 648 staff members at these facilities who have tested positive, 35 have been hospitalized and three have died.
- 569 people under age 19 have tested positive, making up 7% of positive cases.
- People aged 20 to 44 make up 40% of positive cases, followed by people 45 to 64 years old at 31% and people 65 or older at 22%.
- 13%, or 1,073 cases, have been hospitalized.
- 4%, or 299 cases, have been in the intensive care unit. The hospitalization and ICU numbers include any cases that were in the hospital or ICU at any time during their illness, the county says.
- The likelihood of being hospitalized or in the ICU increases with age. Of those aged 20-44, 214 (7%) were hospitalized and 47 (1%) were in the ICU. For people aged 45-64, 379 (15%) were hospitalized and 109 (4%) were in the ICU. Among those over age 65, there were 472 (27%) hospitalized and 142 (8%) in the ICU.
- Of the 367 deaths in Maricopa County, eight were aged 20-44, 38 were aged 45-64 and 321 were over age 65.
- Of the 367 deaths, 87% were 65 or older, 66% had a chronic medical condition and 94% were high risk (meaning 65 or older or at least one chronic medical condition).
Cases rise in other counties
According to Saturday’s state update, Pima County reported 2,002 identified cases. Navajo County reported 1,491 cases, while Apache County reported 1,144, Coconino County reported 1,000, Pinal County reported 751, Yuma County reported 590, Mohave County reported 303 and Yavapai County reported 284.
Santa Cruz County reported 143 cases, Cochise County reported 58, La Paz County reported 49, Gila County reported 23, Graham County reported 21 and Greenlee County reported three, according to state numbers.
The Navajo Nation dashboard reported a total of 4,434 and 147 confirmed deaths as of Friday evening. The Navajo Nation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
The Navajo Nation has issued an emergency order requiring all individuals to wear masks in public and will enforce its seventh 57-hour curfew this coming weekend in order to slow the spread.
172 cases in Arizona prisons
The Arizona Department of Corrections’ online dashboard said 172 inmates had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday. The cases were at these eight facilities: 69 in Florence, 58 in Yuma, 26 in Tucson, nine in Marana, five in Eyman, two in Phoenix, two in Perryville and one in Kingman.
The department had tested 1,042 inmates, with 683 negative cases and 187 pending out of a total population of 41,104.
Six inmate deaths are under investigation, with one death at Florence determined to be directly or indirectly the result of COVID-19. Five other deaths, four at Florence and one at Tucson, are preliminarily attributed to COVID-19. Forty-seven inmates have recovered.
Seventy staff members have self-reported positive for the virus, and 52 have been certified as recovered, the department said.
Both legal and nonlegal visitations have been suspended through June 13, at which point the department will reassess. Temporary video visitation will be available to approved visitors and inmates who have visitation privileges, the department announced. Inmates are eligible for one 15-minute video visit per week. CenturyLink also is giving inmates two additional 15-minute calls for free during each week visitation is restricted.
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