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- New coronavirus cases in Arizona have decreased from Wednesday, but hospitalizations are still rising.
- With the majority of states seeing surges in cases, the U.S. is no longer flattening the curve.
New coronavirus cases appear to finally be tapering down in Arizona, following a widely publicized surge in new cases that resulted in a precarious increase in hospitalizations.
The Arizona Republic reports that the state has reported 3,333 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, a fairly steep decline from the groundbreaking 4,878 new cases that occurred the day before on July 1. This total contributed to Wednesday showcasing the highest number of new COVID-19 cases across the country.
A corresponding 37 deaths have been reported on Thursday, another decline from the 88 fatalities recorded on Wednesday.
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Hospitalizations in inpatient and ICU beds occupied by coronavirus patients, however, have increased. The Republic notes that on Wednesday, they hit their highest capacities seen since the pandemic began, with patients seen in the emergency room and number of ventilators in use for COVID-19 patients reaching record highs as well.
The Arizona Department of Health Services currently records 2,938 patients hospitalized with positive or presumed positive coronavirus cases as of Wednesday, showcasing a steadily positive trajectory. ICU beds occupied by coronavirus patients have also increased to 723, the highest levels since the pandemic began.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) has paused the state’s reopening efforts, closing bars, gyms, waterparks, and other nonessential businesses in light of the recent surges in case numbers.
On July 1, Ducey met with Vice President Mike Pence, leader of the White House coronavirus response team. Pence thanked Ducey for his leadership and promised federal relief in the form of increased amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators, as well as hundreds of medical personnel.
“We want to commend all the steps the governor has put into place,” Pence said during the press conference with Ducey in Phoenix. “But we want to remind you that now is the time for all of us, particularly the young among us, to remember to wash your hands, practice good hygiene, wear a mask when indicated by state or local authorities or when social distancing is not possible. We can all do our part to slow the spread, to flatten the curve, to save lives.”
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