PHOENIX – Arizona on November 23 reported more than 3,000 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 120 additional deaths amid growing concerns about the current wave of the pandemic and its impact on the state’s hospital system.
gov. Doug Ducey’s COVID-19 advisor and hospital leaders held a briefing Tuesday afternoon on “how Arizonans can help maintain hospital capacity during the holiday season.”
Virus-related hospital admissions continue to rise, with 2,551 COVID-19 patients occupying inpatient rooms as of Monday. That’s about half the number of hospitalizations with viruses during the peak of last winter’s wave, but currently there is little capacity available across the state as many hospitals also receive large numbers of non-COVID patients.
The additional 3,057 cases and 120 deaths reported Tuesday raised the state’s pandemic totals to 1,248,184 cases and 22,062 deaths, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.
However, the case report was lower than it would otherwise be “due to a single-provider reporting issue,” according to the Department of Health. said on Twitter. “We expect tomorrow’s added cases to be higher as a result.”
Arizona health officials will hold a news conference Nov. 23 on “how Arizonans can help maintain hospital capacity during the holiday season.”
The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Arizona was just under 4,000 on Sunday, up from just over 3,000 two weeks earlier, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, the moving average of daily deaths rose from 36.3 to 41.3 over the same period. The daily death report fluctuates dramatically, often peaking after low numbers early in the week due to weekend reporting delays.
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To protect yourself from a potential infection, the CDC recommends:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a common household cleaning spray or cloth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the toilet; before dinner; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Check your health daily
Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These are, of course, similar to the common cold and flu.
Expect a cold to start with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and may include a high fever.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include a fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, or heart disease.
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To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face and avoid crowds and be close to people.
And if you find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms, don’t go straight to your doctor’s office. That only risks making more people sick, officials insist. Call ahead and ask if you need to be seen and where.
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