As of Monday, 1,202 COVID-19 patients occupied hospital beds in Arizona hospitals, the lowest number since November 7 and down from the pandemic high of 5,802 set on January 11.
The number of infections is believed to be much higher than what has been reported because many people have not been tested and studies suggest that people can get infected with the virus without feeling bad.
In another development, a Yuma County official said Monday that Arizona in mid-March could open a state-run COVID-19 vaccination. site at the Yuma Civic Center.
County official, Emergency Management Director Tony Badilla, met with officials from the State Department of Emergency Management and Military Affairs and the city on Friday police and firefighters, the Yuma Sun reported.
The state now operates vaccination sites in the Phoenix subway and in Tucson.
The state announced Monday that it is opening up vaccination to people aged 55 and over while allowing essential frontline workers to get vaccinated.
The state plans to post 50,000 new immunization appointments at State Farm Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium at noon Tuesday. Vaccines for those 55 and over will also be available at pharmacies and federally qualified health centers participating in federal immunization programs.
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