Urgent Updates: Transmission, Hospital Capacity, and Vaccine Information – Week of March 8th

Updated as of: 03-08-2021

Current Transmission Status: High, but decreasing

Compared to two weeks ago:

  • Cases per day within Arizona have decreased by 46% 
  • Deaths have decreased by 40%
  • Hospitalizations have decreased by 44%

Currently, per every 100,000 Arizonans, 11,228 have been infected with the virus. 

In the past week, there has been an average of:

  • 1,284 cases per day
  • 79.7 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.

Current Hospital Capacity Concern: High, but decreasing

During the past week, there were an average of 1,409 COVID-19 patients in Arizona hospitals.

  • Currently only 14% of ICU beds, 13% of in-patient beds, and 52% of emergency department hospital beds across the state are available for any incoming admissions
  • 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:

Great news! The Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has met the FDA requirements for efficacy and safety. After 30 days of the one dose  vaccination, this vaccine was shown to be 85% effective against severe COVID-19 and 66% effective against moderate to severe COVID-19. 

  • Over 1.7 million total Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been administered across Arizona! 
  • All counties, with the exception of Santa Cruz county are currently vaccinating those 65 and older. 

Use the resources below for more vaccination information:

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. 

It is still important to take safety precautions even after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Visit our previous update for more information.

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