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Arizona reports 1,034 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths Monday – KTAR.com

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Barbara Pople prepares to apply an adhesive bandage after administering a COVID-19 vaccination dose to Marilyn Lurie, who is homebound suffering from frontotemporal dementia, in the backyard of Lurie’s home on July 16, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Her life partner said the mobile clinic provided the first opportunity for her to receive a COVID-19 vaccine dose due to her homebound status. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Monday reported 1,034 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths from the disease.

The latest documented totals were 909,282 infections and 18,117 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19, meanwhile, have been on the rise, with unvaccinated people accounting for almost all of the serious illnesses, according to health officials. The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals increased by 39 overnight to 814 on Sunday, the most since March 12. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients went up by 13 to 192, the most since May 17.

The percent positivity for diagnostic testing last week was 12% as of Monday’s update, the highest since early February.

The dashboard also showed that 6,695,463 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 3,672,021 people (51.1% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 3,294,532 people fully vaccinated.

The state health department’s daily updates present case and death data after the state receives statistics and confirms them, which can lag by several days or more. They don’t represent the actual activity over the past 24 hours.

The hospitalization numbers posted each morning are reported electronically the previous evening by hospitals across the state.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, has no impact on some people and is seriously debilitating or fatal for others. Infected people without symptoms — which include but are not limited to cough, fever and difficulty breathing — are capable of spreading the virus.

Information about where to get tested for COVID-19 can be found on the ADHS website.

Federally approved vaccines are widely available and highly effective in stopping the transmission of COVID-19, including the more contagious Delta variant that’s behind much of the recent spread.

For details about statewide vaccine availability, the ADHS website has a vaccine-finder page with locations and other information.

For information about metro Phoenix vaccine availability, Maricopa County Public Health has a locator page that lists pharmacies, government-run sites, health clinics and pop-up distribution events.

Appointments may be required depending on the provider, but many accept walk-ins.

The minimum age to receive the Pfizer shot has been reduced to 12, but it’s still 18 for the other approved versions, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

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