PHOENIX – Arizona on Wednesday reported more than 4,000 additional confirmed COVID-19 for the fifth time this month as virus-related hospitalizations continued to rise.
The 4,064 additional cases and 36 deaths reported by the Department of Health Services’ coronavirus dashboard raised the state’s pandemic totals to 1,252,248 cases and 22,098 deaths.
COVID-related hospitalizations are more than half of the January 11 pandemic record of 5,082, with 2,574 virus patients in inpatient beds as of November 23.
Hospital leaders and public health officials on Tuesday begged people to get vaccinated and take other precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and not overwhelm the state’s health care system.
Many hospitals are full of virus patients and others being treated for non-COVID conditions.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Arizona has risen from 3,339.7 on Nov. 8 to 3,964.4 on Monday in the past two weeks.
The moving average of daily deaths in the state was virtually stable over the same period, falling from 47.2 to 46.6.
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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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