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Arizona reports 1,154 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths Tuesday –


A heath worker is about to take a sample in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, July 16, 2021, for the second required COVID-19 test to travel to Tokyo to work at the 2020 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Tuesday reported 1,154 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths from the disease.

The latest documented totals were 910,436 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 dipped by five overnight to 809 on Monday, the second-most since March 12. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients increased by 23 to 215, the most since March 13.

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

The dashboard also showed that 6,705,176 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 3,676,299 people (51.1% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 3,298,260 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 accounts for most of the new cases in the U.S.

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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