Here’s the latest on COVID-19 in Arizona for Thursday, February 17, 2022
Here’s the latest on COVID-19 in Arizona for Thursday, February 17, 2022

Here’s the latest on COVID-19 in Arizona for Thursday, February 17, 2022

PHOENIX – Arizona’s seven-day average of recently reported COVID-19 cases has dropped below 4,000 for the first time this year.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2,781 cases Thursday, the fourth day in a row with fewer than 3,000 new infections.

Until Wednesday, the state’s seven-day case average had not been below 4,000 since Dec. 30, when Arizona first felt the effects of the omicron variant of the virus.

The weekly case average for the omicron wave peaked at more than 20,000 on January 24 and has plummeted since then.

In another milestone marking the decline in the omicron wave, state hospitals on Wednesday, for the first time since November 8, had fewer than 2,000 inpatients with COVID.


Here is the latest state data on the pandemic (statistics on hospitals, cases, deaths and tests are based on Thursday morning’s update of the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard; seven-day average is based on tracking by The New York Times):

Covid-19 cases

  • Documented pandemic in total – 1,959,866
  • Daily new reports – Thursday: 2,781; One day earlier: 2,177; One week earlier: 7,379; Pandemic height: 27,681 (January 22, 2022)
  • Seven-day average – Wednesday: 3,635; One day earlier: 4,095; One week earlier: 6,443; Pandemic high: 20,778 (January 24, 2022)

Covid-19 deaths

  • Documented pandemic in total – 27,398
  • Daily new reports – Thursday: 209; One day earlier: 3; One week earlier: 165; Pandemic high: 335 (January 12, 2021)
  • Seven-day average – Wednesday: 48; A day earlier: 52; One week earlier: 70; Pandemic high: 175 (January 13, 2021)

COVID-19 admissions

  • COVID inpatients – Wednesday: 1,915; A day earlier: 2,037; One week earlier: 2,550; Pandemic high: 5,082 (January 11, 2021)
  • COVID ICU Patients – Wednesday: 415; A day earlier: 443; One week earlier: 518; Pandemic height: 1,183 (January 11, 2021)

State-wide hospital capacity

  • There are beds available – Wednesday: 495 (6% of capacity); One day earlier: 514 (6%); One week earlier: 588 (7%)
  • Percentage of beds with COVID patients – Wednesday: 22%; One day earlier: 23%; One week earlier: 29%
  • ICU beds available – Wednesday: 136 (8% of capacity); One day earlier: 141 (9%); One week earlier: 147 (9%)
  • Percentage of ICU beds with COVID patients – Wednesday: 25%; One day earlier: 27%; One week earlier: 32%

Laboratory diagnostic test

  • Weekly percent positivity – Samples taken this week: 12%; Last week: 16%; Two weeks ago: 22%; Pandemic high (for a whole week): 34% (16-22 January 2022)
  • Find a test site: ADHS (state-wide)

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Further details

ADHS daily case and death updates may cover several days of reporting due to data processing procedures and are not intended to represent actual activity during the previous 24 hours. The hospitalization numbers, which are published each morning, are reported electronically the previous evening by hospitals across the state.

The actual case load is likely to be higher than officially reported because ADHD data is mainly based on electronic laboratory reporting and does not include results from home kits unless individuals report them to their healthcare providers.

Vaccines have been shown to reduce the likelihood of a COVID infection causing serious illness or death, even with the highly contagious omicron variant. Booster shots provide additional protection and are approved for individuals who received their second Pfizer (only 12 years and older) or Moderna doses at least five months ago or the Johnson & Johnson shot at least two months ago.

The minimum age for vaccination is 5 years for Pfizer and 18 years for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.

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