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Yavapai County reports 388 new COVID cases in past week, 7 deaths; state surpasses 20,000 deaths

Yavapai County on Friday reported 388 COVID-19 cases and seven deaths since Monday. The county has tested 145,193 residents for COVID-19 and there have been 26,300 positive cases and 644 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Yavapai Regional Medical Center reports 36 COVID-19 patients, VVMC reports 20, and the VA has 5 COVID-19 patients.

Arizona, meanwhile, passed the grim milestone of 20,000 deaths amid the state's third virus surge, which has started easing, but continues to strain hospitals.

The state reported 55 additional deaths as well as 3,642 additional confirmed cases, increasing the pandemic totals to 20,039 deaths and 1,097,225 cases, the state's coronavirus dashboard reported Friday.

Arizona is 11th highest among states in the number of COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began and sixth in the number of deaths per 100,000 population.

The state's pandemic toll passed 10,000 deaths on Jan. 9 during the peak of the winter surge, the second of three and the worst in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Arizona passed another unwelcome COVID-19 milestone just over a month ago when the state reported its total number of cases had reached 1 million on Aug. 27.

The current surge has seen the state's hospital system burdened again with large numbers of patients. As of Thursday, 1,756 COVID-19 patients occupied hospital beds.

That's below the latest surge's peak of 2,103 on Sept. 11 and far below the winter high of 5,082 on Jan. 11

With the COVID-19 infecting many, people are seeking to boost their immune systems. The bodies' defenses need to be as strong as possible. The immune system is the body’s way of protecting itself from infection and disease; it fights everything from cold and flu viruses to serious conditions such as cancer. Immune systems are complex and influenced by many factors. Vaccines build immunity against specific diseases.

Immune-Strengthening Strategies

Healthy living strategies that can boost the immune system include:

Exercising regularly – Experts recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet that is high in fruits and vegetables – Use the MyPlate technique to determine portions and types of healthy foods that are best for nourishment.

Maintaining a healthy weight – Aim for a BMI of 25 or lower. The best way to lose weight is with exercise and a healthy, balanced diet.

Getting quality sleep – Set a schedule and routine for sleep and practice good sleep hygiene.

Reducing stress and developing good coping mechanisms – Include activities in daily life that help handle stress, like virtually connecting with loved ones, going outside, practicing meditation regularly, exercising, making art or other hobbies.

Quitting smoking – Support is available to help you quit.

Drinking alcohol only in moderation, if at all – Limit the amount of alcohol in the house or limit the number of glasses/bottles that are consumed.

Taking steps to prevent infection – This includes washing your hands frequently and social distancing.

ADHS COVID-19 Hotline – (844) 542-8201 (select Option 8) – provides assistance in English and Spanish from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, except for major holidays. Information on boosters also is posted at

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and to get vaccinated. Appointments can be made through or

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or what seems to be a bad cold, please get tested for COVID-19. Testing sites:

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