ABC15, ARIZONA NEWS – Arizona leads the world in average new confirmed COVID-19 cases per capita.
The state is reporting an average of 121.6 newly confirmed cases over the past seven days according to data from John Hopkins University.
California, the second-highest tracked jurisdiction in the world, comes in at 109.5.
Five days ago, it appeared that the Republic of Ireland was going to rocket past Arizona, as well as every other place in the world.
The COVID-19 UK variant, dubbed B117, which studies show is more contagious than the variants currently found in the United States, makes up 45% of Ireland’s new COVID-19 infections.
Fourteen days ago, the country posted a seven-day average new confirmed case number of 27.4. It skyrocketed to 132.7 5 days ago, before starting to decline.
Arizona is no stranger to being at the top of the COVID-19 charts.
The state has been the top hotspot in the world at least three times now …
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COVID-19 vaccine rollout limited by slow supply of doses, Arizona health director says
Alison Steinbach, Arizona Republic
Arizona’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is limited by the restricted supply of doses the state is getting from the federal government, according to the state health chief.
Arizona is prepared to ramp up distribution, but it needs more supply, said Dr. Cara Christ, Arizona Department of Health Services director.
Earlier this week, federal health officials announced they would give states all available vaccine doses, which would have bumped up Arizona’s supply in the next couple of weeks. Christ said she wasn’t given a number but was told to expect increased doses.
But it turns out that reserve at the federal level did not exist, meaning states will continue to see relatively flat allocations rather than sharp increases, the Washington Post reported Friday.
Christ said the state was not planning based on the certainty of that boost in doses.
It sketches out distribution based on the doses it has been allocated weekly, so the state’s plans will not be significantly affected. But it’s still “disappointing” not to get those increased doses, she said. Read more.