Valley Coronavirus Update: July 21

Alyssa FuentesJuly 21, 2020
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Case Count Nears 150,000
With an addition of 3,500 new cases reported today, July 21, Arizona’s total reported COVID-19 case count has risen to 148,683. This is a 16 percent increase since last Tuesday, July 14. The Arizona Department of Health Services’ Data Dashboard also shows that with 98,988 total reported cases, Maricopa County has the highest number in the state – 67 percent of the total.

Death Toll Nears 3,000
With 581 new deaths reported since last Tuesday, Arizona’s COVID-19 death toll has reached 2,918. According to the ADHS, 134 deaths were reported today, and 73 percent of Arizona’s total COVID-19 deaths are made up of people aged 65 and older.

Hospital Beds and Hospitalizations
As of yesterday, July 20, 85 percent of adult ICU beds and 83 percent of inpatient beds in Arizona hospitals were in use. With two new hospitalizations reported yesterday, a total of 6,894 reported COVID-19 cases have resulted in a hospitalization in Arizona since February. Data on the Arizona Department of Health’s website is beginning to show a downward trend in hospitalizations.

COVID-19 Testing
Over a million COVID-19 tests have been completed in Arizona, according to the ADHS. The 1,019,120 tests include both PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, which test for the presence of the virus in one’s system, and serology tests, which test for antibodies in the system. Arizona’s total COVID-19 test positivity rate is 12.4 percent, with PCR testing at 14.6 percent positivity and serology testing at 4.4 percent positivity.

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