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Arizona sees new single-day high for COVID-19 deaths
State hospital ICU capacity now at 88%

VVN graphic/Dan Engler

VVN graphic/Dan Engler

It’s not the kind of record you brag about. Wednesday, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 79 Arizonans died in the previous 24 hours from coronavirus.

That brings the state’s death count to 1,463.

ADHS also reported 1,795 new cases in the past day, pushing Arizona’s number of positive tests since January to 59,974. The state’s positive-test ratio for COVID-19 also continues to climb, reaching 8.7% Wednesday.

So far in June, ADHS has reported 39,852 new COVID-19 cases and 546 coronavirus-related deaths. More than 66.4% of the state’s total COVID-19 cases have been documented in June.

In May, Arizona gained 12,475 new cases and 597 deaths.

There have been 141 positive tests in the Verde Valley. Overall, 57% of the people who have tested positive in Yavapai County have made a full recovery. Verde Valley Medical Center reported Wednesday morning that it currently has 12 COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital.

Demographic breakdown of Arizona cases

The Wednesday morning ADHS data shows the 65-and-older age group has accounted for 1,096 of the state’s 1,463 deaths. There have been 194 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 (55%).

Location of cases

Maricopa County has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Arizona with 34,932.

Pima County has 6318 cases, with the next highest frequency being Yuma County with 4,915 cases. Navajo County has 3,248 cases, Pinal County has 2,778, Apache County has 2,194, Coconino County has 1,611 and Santa Cruz has 1,538 documented cases.

Testing data

ADHS reports 599,806 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19 with the state’s positive test ratio showing a consistent rise so far this month. It currently stands at 8.7%.

People between the ages of 20 and 44 have had the highest number of positive tests (28,843), with 76 deaths. Seniors 65-and-older have tested positive 7,723 times with 1,096 deaths.


Yavapai County

Yavapai County Community Health Services’ Wednesday morning report shows 16 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the county’s total of confirmed positive tests to 529 with 302 recoveries. There have been seven deaths reported in Yavapai County.

YCCHS reports 141 cases in the Sedona-Verde Valley region: 55 confirmed in Cottonwood, 38 in Sedona, 40 in Camp Verde and eight in Rimrock. There have been 123 confirmed cases at the Mingus Mountain Academy girls school.

YCCHS reports 16,965 people in Yavapai County have been tested for COVID-19 with 96.9% of those being negative.

Women outpace men by a 329-200 margin for positive COVID-19 tests in Yavapai County, according to YCCHS.


Hospital Reports

ADHS reports 4,313 Arizonans have been hospitalized for coronavirus. That represents 7% of the people who have tested positive for the virus. The Wednesday ADHS report shows there are currently 1,472 patients in Intensive Care Units in Arizona hospitals, which represents 88% of the state’s ICU capacity.

Wednesday, Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood reported a hospital census of 60 patients with three in critical care. VVMC reports 12 positive cases of coronavirus with no tests pending.

Flagstaff Medical Center reports 17 positive tests with 10 results pending. FMC has admitted 221 patients; 47 of those patients are in critical care.


U.S. and global totals

The most recent estimates of U.S. and global cases of COVID-19 put the U.S. caseload at 2.39 million Wednesday morning, with the U.S. death tally at 123,000, the highest of any nation in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 740,000 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 9.24 million cases reported worldwide, with 477,000 deaths and 4.61 million recoveries.

COVID-19 confirmed cases in Arizona

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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