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Downward trend of Arizona COVID-19 cases continues

Arizona’s downward trend of COVID-19 cases has continued into August as the state’s Department of Health Services reports 1,030 new cases in the past 24 hours.

In addition, the state’s positive-test ratio for COVID-19 cases has dropped down a notch to 12.6%. Likewise, Arizona hospital Intensive Care Units have dropped down to 83% capacity, the lowest level since June 16, according to ADHS data.

ADHS also reported 14 COVID-19 deaths Monday morning, pushing the overall Arizona death tally to 3,779.

So far in August, ADHS reports 2,445 positive tests and 32 deaths.

Last month, Arizona added 92,930 new positive tests and 1,977 deaths. That compares with 63,920 new COVID-19 cases and 803 deaths in June. In May, Arizona gained 12,475 new cases and 597 deaths, according to ADHS.

In May, Arizona averaged 415 new COVID-19 cases daily. In June, the daily average skyrocketed to 2,130 new cases each day. In July, Arizona averaged 2,997 new coronavirus cases each day. So far in August, the state is averaging 1,222 cases daily.

Arizona has not come close to duplicating the single-day high of 5,416 cases reported June 29. Not since July 9 has the state had 4,000 or more new cases in a 24-hour reporting period.

Arizona hospital Intensive Care Units are currently at 83% capacity, according to ADHS.

The Verde Valley added 28 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, including 11 in Cottonwood. Verde Valley Medical Center reports it currently has five COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital.

Demographic breakdown of Arizona cases

The Monday morning ADHS data shows the 65-and-older age group has accounted for 2,723 of the state’s 3,779 deaths. There have been 565 deaths reported among people 55-64 years of age.

ADHS reports women contract the virus in higher numbers than men in Arizona (52%), but more men than women die from COVID-19 (57%).

Location of cases

Maricopa County has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Arizona with 120,960. That is followed by:

-Pima County has 16,741 cases.

-Yuma County, 11,203 cases.

-Pinal County, 8,301 cases.

-Navajo County, 5,284 cases.

-Apache County, 3,084 cases.

-Mohave County, 3,040 cases

-Coconino County, 2,997 cases.

-Santa Cruz County, 2,610 cases.

Testing data

ADHS reports 1.196 million Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19 with the state’s positive test ratio currently standing at 12.6%.

People between the ages of 20 and 44 have had the highest number of positive tests (88,077), with 218 deaths. Seniors 65-and-older have tested positive 29,495 times with 2,723 deaths.

See www.azdhs.gov.

Yavapai County

Yavapai County Community Health Services reports 28 new Sedona-Verde Valley cases over the weekend, included 11 new positive tests in Cottonwood. Throughout the county, the overall number of positive tests now stands at 1,860. YCCHS has confirmed 66 deaths with 613 patients having recovered from coronavirus.

YCCHS reports 586 cases in the Sedona-Verde Valley region since testing began. That total includes:

-231 confirmed in Cottonwood.

-125 in Camp Verde.

-106 in Sedona.

-55 in Clarkdale.

-28 in Cornville

-40 in Rimrock

-One case elsewhere in the Verde Valley.

There have been 123 confirmed cases at the Mingus Mountain Academy girls school.

YCCHS reports 29,931 people in Yavapai County have been tested for COVID-19 with 93.8% of those being negative.

Women outpace men by a 1,071-789 margin for positive COVID-19 tests in Yavapai County, according to YCCHS.

See www.yavapai.us/chs.

Hospital Reports

ADHS reports 11,400 Arizonans have been hospitalized for coronavirus. That represents 6% of the people who have tested positive for the virus. The Monday ADHS report shows there are currently 1,450 patients in Intensive Care Units in Arizona hospitals, which represents 83% of the state’s ICU capacity.

Sunday afternoon, Verde Valley Medical Center reported five COVID-positive patients admitted with three tests pending. The Cottonwood hospital showed a census of 43 patients with six in critical care.

Flagstaff Medical Center reported 17 positive tests with 22 results pending. FMC has admitted 160 patients; 36 of those patients are in critical care.

See nahealth.com/covid-19-resources.

U.S. and global totals

The most recent estimates of U.S. and global cases of COVID-19 put the U.S. caseload at 4.75 million Monday morning, with the U.S. death tally at 157,000, the highest of any nation in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.

More Americans have now died from COVID-19 than the death tallies from the 1957-58 Asian Flu pandemic (116,000 U.S. deaths) and the 1968 Hong Kong Flu pandemic (100,000 U.S. deaths). It still pales in comparison to the death count from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic that claimed 675,000 American lives, and as many as 150 million worldwide.

AIDS claims about 13,000 U.S. lives each year.

An estimated 2.31 million Americans have recovered from COVID-19.

The virus is present in all 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the CDC.

There are an estimated 18 million cases worldwide, with 689,000 deaths and 10.7 million recoveries.

COVID-19 confirmed cases in Arizona

Aug. 3, 179,497 cases

Aug. 2, 178,467 cases

Aug. 1, 177,002 cases

July 31, 174,010 cases

July 30, 170,798 cases

July 29 168,273 cases

July 28 165,934 cases

July 27 163,827 cases

July 26 162,014 cases

July 25 160,041 cases

July 24, 156,301 cases

July 23 152,944 cases

July 22 150,609 cases

July 21 148,683 cases

July 20 145,183 cases

July 19 143,624 cases

July 18 141,265 cases

July 17 138,523 cases

July 16 134,613 cases

July 15 131,354 cases

July 14 128,097 cases

July 13 123,824 cases

July 12 122,467 cases

July 11 119,892 cases

July 10 116,892 cases

July 9 112,671 cases

July 8 108,614 cases

July 7 105,094 cases

July 6 101,441 cases

July 5 98,089 cases

July 4 94,553 cases

July 3 91,858 cases

July 2 87,425 cases

July 1 84,092 cases

June 30 79,215 cases

June 29 74,533 cases

June 28 73,908 cases

June 27 70,051 cases

June 26 66,458 cases

June 25 63,030 cases

June 24 59,974 cases

June 23 58,179 cases

June 22 54,586 cases

June 21 52,390 cases

June 20 49,798 cases

June 19 46,689 cases

June 18 43,443 cases

June 17 40,924 cases

June 16 39,097 cases

June 15 36,705 cases

June 14 35,691 cases

June 13 34,458 cases

June 12 32,918 cases

June 11 31,264 cases

June 10 29,852 cases

June 9 28,296 cases

June 8 27,678 cases

June 7 26,889 cases

June 6 25,451 cases

June 5 24,332 cases

June 3 22,223 cases

June 2 21,250 cases

June 1 20,123 cases

May 30 19,255 cases

May 29 18,465 cases

May 27 17,262 cases

May 23 16,039 cases

May 21 15,315 cases

May 18 14,170 cases

May 15 13,169 cases

May 13 12,176 cases

May 10 11,119 cases

May 8 10,526 cases

May 5 9,305 cases

May 2 8,364 cases

April 29 7,202 cases

April 24 6,045 cases

April 20 5,064 cases

April 16 4,234 cases

April 9 3,018 cases

April 4 2,019 cases

March 30 1,157 cases

Jan. 26 First confirmed Arizona case

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