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Arizona sees a shortage of healthcare workers amidst rising cases

Looking at the last week through the lens of the pandemic


Week of June 29:

Arizona and the U.S. as a whole saw a few record-setting days this week, not only in terms of confirmed cases and deaths but also looking at ICU bed capacity across the state.

On Monday, June 29, right after Arizona set a record the day before, the state only reported 625 new confirmed cases as a result of a lab not reporting its data on time. That same day, Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order to pause the operations of bars, gyms, indoor movie theaters, water parks and tubing.

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The day after, on June 30, Arizona reported 4,682 new confirmed cases as a result of 625 cases being reported on the 29th. On that day, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the U.S. could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day, with the daily increase currently around 50,000.

To kick off the new month, Arizona saw another record-setting day on July 1. Arizona reported 4,878 new confirmed cases, 88 new confirmed deaths, and hospital ICU beds reaching 89% capacity, new highs, per the Arizona Department of Health Services

Vice President Mike Pence, among other White House officials, paid a visit to Arizona to discuss the issues related to COVID-19 with the state. Gov. Ducey asked Pence and Washington for 500 more healthcare workers due to shortages around the state.

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On July 2, for the first time ever, the U.S. had over 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in one day, and a day later, on July 3, Arizona saw 4,433 new confirmed cases and 31 new confirmed deaths. Hospital ICU beds reached 91% capacity, a new high, per the Arizona Department of Health Services.

As the country celebrated American independence, Arizona saw 2,695 new confirmed cases on July 4 alongside 17 new deaths with a drop in ICU bed capacity to 90%. The day after, on July 5, Arizona saw nearly 3,600 confirmed cases with 4 confirmed deaths with a drop in ICU bed capacity to 89%.

Week of June 22:

This past week, Arizona has seen a steady increase in cases of COVID-19, averaging about 3,400 confirmed cases per day in the period from June 21 to 28. However, the high test-positive rates across Arizona have been more cause for concern.

Every day in this week-long period has had a total test positive rate over 20%, per the Arizona State University Biodesign Critical COVID-19 trends website.

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On Sunday, June 28, Arizona saw a single-day record increase in cases at 3,858, per the Arizona Department of Health Services. Confirmed cases across the globe recently passed 10 million with confirmed deaths recently passing 500,000.

“The next couple of weeks are going to be critical in our ability to address those surges we are seeing in Florida, Texas, Arizona and other states,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

As of June 27, 87% of Arizona's adult intensive care unit beds and 44% of the ventilators are currently in use.

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