Case Count Surpasses 188,000
With 1,213 new cases reported today, August 11, Arizona’s total COVID-19 case count has risen to 188,737, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Cases have risen by 4.6 percent since last Tuesday, August 4.
Death Toll at 4,199
The ADHS reported 45 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total to 4,199. People aged 65 and older continue to remain the most affected, at 71.7 percent of total deaths.
The ADHS also reports that Arizona’s current testing positivity rate is at 12.4 percent – with PCR tests – which look for the presence of the virus in the body – at 13.9 percent positivity, and serology, or antibody, tests at 5.7 percent positivity. As of today, 1,276,952 COVID-19 tests have been completed.
Daily reported tests have decreased since July, as have confirmed daily cases. COVID-19 hospitalizations have also decreased over the past few weeks.
Last week, the ADHS released benchmarks for counties to take into account when considering school models, such as hybrid online and in-person learning. The benchmarks are as follows: a decline in cases or less than 100 cases per 100,000 individuals for two consecutive weeks, two consecutive weeks with percent positivity below 7 percent, and two consecutive weeks with hospital visits for COVID-like illnesses in the region below 10 percent. Benchmark statuses for Arizona counties are available on the ADHS website.