As experts predict a future wave of infections in the coming months, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 6,1119 new COVID-19 cases and 82 deaths for the week ending September 10.
Most new infections and reinfections can be traced to the two subvariants of the virus BA.4 and the dominant BA.5, which can evade antibodies and is highly contagious. Arizona’s total known deaths from COVID-19 is 31,200.
According to The New York Times,
- An average of 874 cases per day were reported in Arizona in the last week. Cases have decreased by 29% from the average two weeks ago. Deaths have increased by 22%.
In Arizona, only Apache County is the only county reporting high community spread and residents should be wearing masks indoors, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
La Paz and Yuma counties are reporting medium community spread – all other Arizona counties are considered to have low community spread, according to the CDC.
In Navajo County, 14% of COVID-19 tests administered last week returned a positive diagnosis, according to the White Mountain Independent, which also reported that the county has vaccinated only 55% of the non-reservation population – well below the state average of 74%.
Overall, the CDC rates Arizona’s COVID-19 death rate as the third highest in the nation and John Hopkins puts Maricopa County with 17,821 COVID deaths as second only to Los Angeles in its Top 20 Counties by Number of Deaths. but as in other parts of the country, Arizona’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are down; between Sept. 5-11 Arizona COVID-19 hospitalizations decreased by nearly 19% over the prior week.
According to The Arizona Republic, of all the COVID-19 tests taken the week of September 4 in Arizona, 12% returned positive.