PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona’s public health agency on Saturday delivered its latest scheduled daily update of the state’s coronavirus dashboard with pandemic data such as additional Covid-19 casesnew deaths and hospitalization levels.
Statens Department of Health Services announced February 18 that it would change to weekly dashboard updates from next Wednesday because the outbreak is slowing down and is consistent with other infectious diseases reported.
“It will also provide a clearer overview of COVID-19 trends by smoothing out the variability of daily reporting from laboratories and other sources,” the department said in a statement.
In the dashboard’s last daily update released on Saturday, virus-related hospital admissions fell for the 29th day in a row, dropping to 1,313 from Friday. That is a drop from 3,559 on January 27, which was the peak of the now ebbing coronavirus infection wave associated with the omicron variant.
The additional 1,638 recently confirmed infections and 15 additional deaths reported by the dashboard on Saturday increased the state’s pandemic totals to 1,976,890 infections and 27,946 deaths.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Arizona’s seven-day rolling average of new infections fell from 5,239.6 on February 9 to 1,944.7 on Wednesday, while the rolling average of daily deaths rose from 60.9 to 68.3 in the same period.
“It’s different from what people have become accustomed to with COVID data, but not different from how we do it with other infectious disease data,” said Jessica Rigler, Arizona Department of Health Services assistant director.
She added: “You get a more complete picture of what happened that week, instead of data just seeping in.”
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