Arizona continues to be on track to be #1 in per capita COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. within a couple of weeks. Weekly COVID-19 deaths will likely continue to be in the mid-400s for several more weeks. At that pace, we should pass Mississippi mid-month. So far, at least 26,530 Arizonans have lost their lives to COVID-19.
Hospitals will be burdened by >30% COVID-19 occupancy in general wards & ICU for the next several weeks. Access to care continues to be restricted by both COVID-19 occupancy and staff shortages owing to infections among healthcare workers. COVID-19 hospital occupancy in the wards is moderating and hopefully the ICUs will begin to decompress soon.
While new cases per week are certainly on the way down, Arizona’s remains in 7th place with 1,014 new cases per 100K residents per week. Our new case rate is just behind Alaska, North Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.