Data shows nearly 6,500 new COVID-19 cases, 413 deaths since last week


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413 people died from COVID in Arizona last week

Alex Keeler, Reporter

Earlier this week, the Arizona Department of Health Services released the first weekly COVID-19 case report for the month of April. 

On Wednesday, the ADHS data revealed that there were 6,480 new confirmed cases since last week.  

413 Arizonans died of COVID during that same period. 

Since the start of the pandemic, just over two years ago, Arizona has surpassed two million cases, with over 29,000 fatalities.  

A little over 63% of all cases in Arizona have come from Maricopa County alone and Maricopa accounts for over 57% of COVID-related deaths in the state of Arizona. 

While the vaccination rate in Arizona remains slightly below the United States average at 70.3%, that number is still a slight increase compared to the 69.8% vaccination rate from the agency’s last report.  

On March 30, it was announced that Arizona will reduce updates on the COVID-19 hospitalization data on the state’s dashboard. This comes following Gov. Doug Ducey’s end to the state of emergency that he declared two years ago when the pandemic began. 

As a result, hospitals are no longer required to share specific COVID-related data. This also means that there won’t be updates on hospital bed availability, ventilator availability, and other specific COVID-19 metrics. 

“There are normal changes in operations as public health transitions to its traditional role of disease surveillance, prevention, and control,” Department of Health Services Director Don Herrington, told KTAR on Thursday. “These changes to the dashboard reflect that.” 

While the TOTAL number of cases continue to rise, hospitalizations have continued to significantly decrease since the beginning of the omicron variant back in January. In January, there were over 4,850 virus patients occupying hospital beds, compared to 429 patients occupying beds by late March. 

CNBC reports that the newest COVID variant, omicron XE, has been detected in 637 cases in the U.K. It’s what experts call a “recombinant”. It is reportedly a mix of omicron BA.1 and the more recent BA.2, currently the dominant strain there.