Arizona Reports Sharp Increase in Two-Day COVID Cases, 174 Deaths | National government and new policies

By PAUL DAVENPORT Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona reported an additional 6,043 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 174 deaths from the virus on Saturday as the latest wave of the pandemic maintained its grip on the state.

The new cases add to the 5,236 reported on Friday and are only the second time the state has seen more than 5,000 cases on two consecutive days since the winter push in January.

The state’s COVID-19 dashboard shows 2,697 COVID-19 patients occupied inpatient beds on Friday, just below the current peak of 2,714 the day before. According to the dashboard, only 5% of inpatient beds in the state’s overcrowded system were available on Friday.

The increase in cases likely reflects continued resistance to vaccination and a greater number of people tested after Thanksgiving gatherings, said Will Humble, a former director of the Department of Health Services who criticized the pandemic’s handling of the pandemic. ‘State.

He said a lack of statewide vaccination and masking requirements, especially in schools, is coming home, resulting in overcrowded and stressed hospitals and continued deaths.

“It’s too late for intervention at this point,” said Humble, now executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association. “At this point, I just put my hands up in the air. “

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