PHOENIX (AP) – On July 17, Arizona reported over 1,000 additional COVID-19 cases on the fourth straight day as virus-related hospitalizations continued to rise.
The State Department of Health Services’ coronavirus dashboard reported 1,152 additional cases and 14 deaths, increasing Arizona’s pandemic to a total of 907,268 cases and 18,114 deaths.
As across the nation, Arizona has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Public health experts attribute the increases to low vaccination rates, the rapidly spreading delta variant and 4th of July gatherings.
The number of virus-related admissions in Arizona generally ranged between 500 and 600 during May and June, but increased last week by 745 COVID-19-related admissions from Friday, according to the dashboard.
Virus patients occupied 9% of hospitalized beds from Friday, up from 6% a week ago, but well below the pandemic peak of almost 60% seen in mid-January in the winter rise.
Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins University data showed that the seven-day rolling average of daily new cases rose in the last two weeks from 520 on July 1 to 898 on Thursday, while the rolling average of daily deaths rose from 9.8 to 13 in same period.
Arizona’s pandemic daily peak topped 12,000 cases on Jan. 4, according to the dashboard.
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