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Arizona reports 587 new COVID-19 cases, 28 additional deaths Friday –


A medical worker prepares a shot of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Indonesian state-owned pharmaceutical company Biofarma, during a mass vaccination in Depok on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, June 25, 2021. The world’s fourth most populous country, has seen COVID-19 infections surge in recent weeks, putting pressure on hospitals, including in the capital city, where most of hospital beds are full, and has added urgency to the government’s plan to inoculate 1 million people each day by next month. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

PHOENIX – Arizona public health officials on Friday reported 587 new COVID-19 cases and 28 additional deaths from the disease.

It was the most deaths reported in a day since April 20, when there were 40.

The latest documented totals were 892,236 infections and 17,903 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.

The dashboard also showed that 6,363,434 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 3,531,405 people (49.1% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 3,102,335 people fully vaccinated.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have been fluctuating by relatively small amounts on a daily basis.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals increased by 26 overnight to 523 on Thursday. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients went up by five to 129.

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 showing locations and registration 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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Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are proving quite safe and highly effective in the prevention of COVID-19, especially severe and/or fatal disease.

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