On January 26, 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the state of Arizona. After 11 months, the state now has more than 500,000 cases of people infected with the coronavirus. And as of December 28, Arizona has recorded over 8,000 deaths due to the virus.
The number of cases and deaths may be small compared to the 7.279 million population of the state, but more and more people are getting infected every day. Dr. Cara Christ, the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), said in a report that after thanksgiving, the COVID-19 metrics has worsened. A 52% increase in the number of cases has been reported two weeks after Thanksgiving Day.
WHAT THE STATE IS CURRENTLY DOING
Since the start of the pandemic, the state has been conducting coronavirus tests. As of December 28, almost half of Arizona’s total population had already been tested. Some counties, like Pinal and Pima, also continue to offer free COVID-19 testing.
In addition, the ADHS continues to remind the public to keep following safety guidelines, such as wearing face masks, practicing social distancing, avoiding crowded places, sanitizing and washing of hands, and more. The ADHS has also updated its holiday guidelines to ensure that people remain safe throughout the season.
On December 14, Arizona received the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines and more have yet to arrive. Dr. Christ said that they are expecting to get over 200,000 doses of the vaccine. On December 22, Dr. Christ noted that healthcare workers have started to receive the vaccine. Long-term care facility residents and staff will also soon be given the new Moderna vaccine.
COVID-19 TESTING IS STILL IMPORTANT
Though the state already has COVID-19 vaccines, there isn’t enough supply for everyone. It will take months before the vaccine becomes available to all. That being said, testing is still important in this fight against the coronavirus.
If you want to get tested, feel free to reach out to Paradigm Laboratories. Our teams are working seven days a week to ensure that we provide quality testing solutions and timely results. We are located at 6115 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ, but you may also find us in some free testing sites, such as the ones at the Kino Sports Complex and Udall Park and Recreation Center.