Urgent Updates: Transmission, Hospital Capacity, Vaccine, and MIS-C Information – Week of February 22nd

Updated as of: 02-22-2021
Current Transmission Status: High


New reported cases per day within Arizona have decreased 54% compared to two weeks ago, but transmission is still very high across the state! Currently, per every 100,000 Arizonans, 10,957 have been infected with the virus. In the past week, there has been an average of 132 COVID-19 deaths per day. For regularly updated case counts and additional COVID-19 information by county, visit the Arizona Department of Health’s data dashboard summary page.

  • Please continue to stay home and take the necessary precautions (e.g., practicing hand hygiene, physical distancing, and wearing cloth face coverings) to prevent COVID-19. 
  • Remember that while interacting with others outdoors does reduce your likelihood of a COVID-19 infection compared to being indoors, it is still necessary to wear a cloth face covering and maintain physical distancing from anyone who is outside of your household.

Current Hospital Capacity: High Concern

Hospital capacity remains a major concern for Arizona. During the past week, there were an average of 2,515 COVID-19 patients in Arizona hospitals. Currently only 13% of ICU beds, 12% of in-patient beds, and 52% of emergency department hospital beds across the state are available for any incoming admissionsHealthcare workers are incredibly overwhelmed and have less time, resources, and staff to devote to usual care including elective medical and surgical procedures. 

  • It is important to note that hospital capacity percentages only account for available beds and do not account for available staff members or resources, which are dwindling. 

However, it is still important to remember that if you or someone else is experiencing a medical emergency, you should seek emergency medical care immediately.

Visit this link and click on “Hospital Bed Usage & Availability” for updated information regarding hospital capacity in Arizona.

Vaccine Information:

Over 1,312,500 total Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been administered across Arizona! The following counties are currently vaccinating those 65 and older: Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, Yuma. Other groups currently eligible for vaccination include healthcare workers, long-term care facilities workers, law enforcement and protective services personnel, and childcare and school staff that have not yet been vaccinated. This includes all individuals working in educational settings including bus drivers, janitorial staff, and administrative staff. Use the resources below for more vaccination information:

Non-residents (e.g., students and other people who reside in Arizona part-time) are eligible to receive the vaccine in Arizona. All Arizona residents can register to be vaccinated in their own county or in Phoenix. 

You may also sign up for an Arizona Vaccine Program secure portal account to schedule your vaccination appointment when it is your time to do so. Use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser for best usability.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C):MIS-C is a rare condition that has been linked to COVID-19 in children. Much is still unknown about MIS-C, but it can be life threatening. Since the pandemic began, there have been over 1,600 cases in the U.S. and 26 reported deaths.

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