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Arizona reports 373 new COVID-19 cases, 4 additional deaths Wednesday – KTAR.com

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A teenager reacts as she receives a shot of the Sinovac vaccine for COVID-19 during a vaccination campaign at a school in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Monday, July 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

PHOENIX – Arizona public health officials on Wednesday reported 373 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths from the virus.

The latest documented totals were 898,283 infections and 18,004 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.

The dashboard also showed that 6,578,673 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 3,588,351 people (49.9% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 3,180,543 people fully vaccinated.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have been fluctuating by relatively small amounts on a day-to-day basis. The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals increased by 31 overnight to 562 on Tuesday. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients went up by six to 150.

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 Department of Health Services website.

Federally approved vaccines are highly effective in stopping the transmission of COVID-19.

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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