Arizona reports lowest number of COVID-19 cases in 5 weeks
The Arizona Department of Health Services added 8,281 COVID-19 cases in its weekly update Wednesday — that's the lowest count in five weeks. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have downgraded the COVID-19 community levels for much of the state.
But Arizona is still seeing the eighth-highest number of cases per capita among states, according to the CDC. And, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a greater percentage of Arizona’s hospital beds are still filled by COVID-19 patients than the national average. COVID patients currently occupy more than 7% of inpatient beds in Arizona, compared to about 6% nationally.
Other respiratory viruses remain widespread in Arizona, too. Flu cases are still more than 10 times higher than what’s typical for this time of year, according to the latest data from the state health department.
Medical experts continue to strongly recommend Arizonans get up-to-date on COVID-19 boosters and flu vaccines. And with holidays approaching, they urge Arizonans to avoid gatherings if you’re feeling sick.