UPDATE:Arizona reports 3,802 new COVID-19 cases and 80 more deaths; 453 cases in Yavapai County, 9 deaths.

Arizona reported 3,802 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 80 deaths Friday, with Yavapai County reporting 453 new cases and nine deaths since Monday.

The state Department of Health Services released its latest figures Sept. 3. The data since the pandemic started now stands at 1,023,935 cases and 18,959 deaths.

The number of statewide virus-related hospitalizations was 2,051 as of Thursday, a slight dip from a day earlier. Yavapai Regional Medical Center reports 42 COVID-19 patients, VVMC reports 15 and the VA has 3 COVID-19 patients.

Yavapai County has tested 138,319 residents for COVID-19, and there have been 24,042 positive cases and 588 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

The county remains in high transmission of COVID-19, with the positivity rate back up to 14%, and remaining at over 280 cases per 100,000.

See previous version of this story below:

Arizona on Thursday, Sept. 2, reported 3,470 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 26 more deaths as virus-related hospitalizations and other pandemic metrics continued to climb during the current surge.

New data reported on the state's coronavirus dashboard increased the state's pandemic totals to 1,020,133 cases and 18,879 deaths, according to Arizona Department of Health Services.

The number of virus-related hospitalizations ranged between 1,900 and 2,000 for about a week before climbing again, reaching 2,057 as of Tuesday and 2,070 on Wednesday, according to the ADHS dashboard.

ADHS added 151 new cases of COVID and one death to Yavapai County’s tally, which shows 23,859 cases and 584 deaths since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, the seven-day rolling statewide average of daily new cases rose over the past two weeks from 2,875 on Aug. 17 to 3,622 on Tuesday while the average of daily deaths rose from 14 to 36 during the same period, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The recent numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths were last seen earlier this year as the winter surge wound down but remain far below that surge's peaks in January.

In another development, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to reject a $3.3 million state grant to help make COVID-19 vaccinations available to groups of people deemed to be vulnerable, the Casa Grande Dispatch reported.

Dr. Tascha Spears, the county health director, said vulnerable groups include the homeless, prisoners and rural residents without easy access to health care.

The grant would help people “truly have a choice” about whether to receive the vaccine or not, Spears said.

Supervisor Brian Cavanaugh questioned whether there was a need for hiring a contractor to promote vaccinations.

Cavanaugh said the Pinal County has dozens of places where people can get vaccinated and that most county residents are vaccinated. However, the state coronavirus dashboard said as of Thursday that only 40.7% were, well below the statewide figure of 56.1%.

The number of people vaccinated in Yavapai County is at 47.7%, the ADHS reported.

RESOURCES

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or what seems to be a bad cold, please get tested for COVID-19. For testing sites, visit https://yavapaiaz.gov/Portals/39/COVID-19/TestingSitesinYavapaiCounty.pdf.

The best way to avoid getting infected is to get vaccinated. The vaccines are safe, effective and free, Yavapai County officials stated. Visit https://yavapaiaz.gov/chs/Home/COVID-19/COVID-19-Vaccine-Appointments or call 928-771-3122 for appointments.

Also, call the phone bank for assistance at 928-442-5103 or visit www.vaccine.gov.


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