COVID-19 Update: Yavapai County has recorded 1,167 coronavirus cases, 4 additional deaths
Arizona sees new highs in COVID-19 ventilator, ICU bed use
Updated as of Monday, July 13, 2020 12:17 PM
Yavapai County’s recorded cases of COVID-19 jumped by 97 over the weekend with four additional deaths, according to a Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) news release Monday, July 13.
Yavapai County has tested 23,031 residents with 1,167 positive cases, 480 recovered and 15 deaths, with four of the fatalities currently under investigation.
Yavapai Regional Medical Center reports 22 COVID-19 patients on the West Campus and one person under investigation (PUI), as well as four COVID hospitalizations on the East Campus with five PUI. Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood reports 13 COVID hospitalizations and 12 PUI. The Prescott VA is caring for two COVID-19 patients with one PUI.
Arizona is reporting all-time highs in its use of ventilators and beds in intensive care units for coronavirus patients.
The state Department of Health Services posted that 671 COVID-19 patients were on ventilators and 936 were occupying ICUs as of Sunday. Hospitals were hovering around 90% capacity.
Health officials report another 1,357 confirmed COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths. Arizona has seen 123,824 cases and 2,245 deaths. However, the number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.
The state became one of the nation's coronavirus hot spots in May after Gov. Doug Ducey relaxed stay-home orders and other restrictions. Last week, the governor capped restaurants at half of their capacity, but declined to shut them down entirely.
The state reached 1,000 coronavirus deaths on June 5 and 50,000 coronavirus cases on June 21.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and other local officials have called on Ducey to issue a statewide mandate on wearing masks.
Ducey said the state will increase testing with a focus on low-income areas of Phoenix, as many people report difficulty finding tests.
The state also is paying for a private lab to greatly increase its daily capacity. Most people have been waiting up to a week or more for test results.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
• For Yavapai County data and COVID-19 Resources: www.yavapai.us/chs;
• Yavapai Emergency Phone Bank: 928-442-5103 – Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Arizona 2-1-1: A resource for all the time, not just during COVID-19: https://211arizona.org;
• COVID-19 information en español: https://azhealth.gov/covid-19; and,
• Mental health resources – #YavapaiStrongerTogether: https://justicementalhealth.com/resources-support/#covid19.
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