Arizona COVID-19 cases are rising, still 96% below the peak in January
Arizona COVID-19 cases are rising, still 96% below the peak in January

Arizona COVID-19 cases are rising, still 96% below the peak in January

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Health Services added 7,204 new COVID-19 cases and 29 new COVID-19-related deaths to the state dashboard. New cases, which are updated every Wednesday, have increased every week for the past month. Other COVID-19 measurements remain stable.

When health officials add cases, they can be spread out over the last few weeks. Last week, 6,564 people tested positive for COVID-19, which is the highest weekly number of positive cases since the third week of February. Even with the increases, COVID-19 cases in Arizona are still nearly 96% fewer than the peak in January.

Arizona is also experiencing an increase in the positivity rate for COVID-19 testing. SonoraQuest labs, the state’s largest processor of tests, still delivers daily positivity rates, and 14 days ago they reported a positivity rate of just under 14%. The price has risen to over 19% according to the latest daily report, almost 1 in 5 tests. The actual number of reported tests is still low compared to time periods where COVID-19 increased. SonoraQuest handled about 10,000 tests. People who took the tests that reported having symptoms tested positive 23% of the time as opposed to 7.2% for non-symptomatic individuals.

Other COVID-19 measurements remain stable. COVID-19 hospital admissions, which are now only reported through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, have risen from a 2022 low of 250 inpatients to 366 yesterday. Trend-wise, COVID-19 admissions have been stable since the beginning of April and fluctuate between these two figures.

COVID-19 deaths continue to fall. Death reporting is not considered complete for one month, but the weekly COVID-19 deaths have been below 100 per week for six weeks. Hospitalization trends are more important when looking for where COVID-19 deaths may be in the near future, so weekly deaths are not expected to increase unless Arizona experiences a significant increase in hospitalizations.

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