The Arizona Department of Health Services added over 150 deaths of COVID-19 overnight while reporting over 170,000 cases of as of Thursday morning.
In Arizona, there are 170,798 cases and 3,626 deaths of the novel coronavirus, up 2,525 and 172 from Wednesday morning, respectively. That computes to a 2.12% death rate of confirmed cases in the state, up from 2.05% the day before.
The AZDHS stated that 78 of the deaths reported Thursday were due to certificate matching. The number of cases could be far higher because many people have not been tested, and some can be infected without feeling sick.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reports 114,086 cases and 1,928 deaths in Arizona’s most populous county. State and county numbers differ depending on reporting times.
Maricopa County shows a case rate of 2,561 cases per 100,000 residents, using 2019 estimates. The state rate is 2,347. Santa Cruz County has the highest at 5,542 cases per 100,000 residents, while Yuma County has now topped the 5,000 mark as well.
In-patient hospitalizations, ventilators in use and intensive care unit occupancy continued to trend downward slightly.
The coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough for most people. The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 recover.
But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness including pneumonia, and death.
AZDHS has partnered with Arizona State University to launch several testing sites providing free saliva diagnostic testing for COVID-19 in high-need underserved communities around the state.
Testing is available 7 a.m.-noon Saturday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Pre-register at www.asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/login_login.aspx using agency code FvCmy1fGe.