The Harvard Global Health Institute’s COVID-19 risk-level map gave all but three counties in Arizona a risk rating of red as of Friday. It’s the highest of four categories: Green, yellow, orange and red.
Arizona had about 209 cases per 100,000 people in the first week of November, while Pima County had nearly 197 cases per 100,000 people.
“It’s not good at all,” Gerald said. “We are effectively back to the spot we were in mid-June, where cases just blew up in our face.”
The number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased statewide each week since mid-September.
The same is true in Pima County. Hospitalized COVID-19 cases have increased week after week, with a total of 75 in the first week of November, according to a statement from the Pima County Health Department on Friday.
“We are very concerned, especially with holidays like Thanksgiving upon us,” Dr. Theresa Cullen, the health department director, said in a statement on Friday. “This is starting to look like the beginning of the huge spike that we saw over the summer.”
“We need people to take the extra steps that we know can help slow the spread of the virus,” said Cullen. “We will continue to struggle to keep people healthy and out of the hospital if we can’t get these numbers down.”
Deaths are on an upward trend statewide and countywide, but they are well below the summer peak. Gerald points out that the lower mortality rate is, in part, due to improved treatments for COVID-19 and because there are fewer cases among the more elderly and vulnerable populations who live in long-term care facilities.
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