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Arizona reports lowest number of COVID-19 cases in 5 weeks

By Katherine Davis-Young
Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2022 - 1:31pm

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Eight Arizona counties that had been at the high level for COVID-19 dropped back to the medium level this week.

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.

As of last week, the CDC ranked all but one of Arizona’s counties in the high category for COVID-19. This week, Maricopa and seven other counties have dropped back to medium.

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.