As COVID-19 cases decline across the nation, the situation in Arizona remains bleak

Published: Monday, January 24, 2022 - 11:45am
Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 9:52am
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Dr. Joe Gerald
Dr. Joe Gerald

It was a record weekend of COVID-19 cases in Arizona with over 50,000 new cases reported since Jan. 22. And on Saturday and Sunday, over 120 more fatalities were added. The state may reach 26,000 this week, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona has the second-highest death rate in the nation.

Monday figures do tend to be lower and as of Jan. 24, the state Department of Health Services added 14,750 new infections and just one more death.

→ Arizona COVID-19 hospitalizations may not peak until mid-February

Hospitals continue to bear the brunt with just 6% of inpatient and 8% of intensive care unit beds available as of Jan. 24.

But omicron cases are beginning to trend down in parts of the country.

Arizona COVID-19 hospitalizations may not peak until mid-February

To learn where we stand and where we are headed, The Show spoke with Dr. Joe Gerald with the University of Arizona, where he is team leader for the university's COVID-19 Modeling Group.

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