“Blazing” COVID health care system

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Medical Association on Friday urged residents to get vaccinated and vaccinated and take other protective measures against the coronavirus, saying the state’s health care system “sagging under the weight” of the current outbreak of infections.

“Experts predict that the current surge has yet to peak and that our healthcare system cannot sustain much more,” state physician group chairwoman Dr. Miriam Anand said in a statement. a statement. “Patients could inevitably be turned away, unable to find the care they desperately need.”

Arizona’s seven-day rolling average of new daily known and confirmed coronavirus cases has increased fivefold over the past two weeks, from 2,953.6 on Dec. 29 to 16,099.3 on Wednesday, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University.

Experts believe the surge is linked to the omicron variant, which spreads even more easily than other strains of coronavirus. It also more easily infects people who have been vaccinated or previously infected with earlier versions of the virus.

However, early studies show that omicron is less likely to cause severe disease than the previous delta variant, and vaccination and a booster still provide strong protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death.

Nevertheless, the large number of new cases is wreaking havoc on hospitals.

The Arizona Medical Association said the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases is “putting tremendous strain on our health care system,” resulting in record numbers of hospital emergency department visits.

With hospitals across the state nearly full, “due to limited capacity and staffing, hospitals are being forced in and out of crisis care standards, which means staff have to make decisions heartbreaking about the patients they will be able to treat,” the group’s statement said. .

“As medical professionals invested in the health of Arizonans, we implore the public to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, be strengthened, and adhere to the mitigation measures recommended by the CDC,” the statement read, making reference to the federal Centers for Disease. Control and Prevention.

Arizona, for the third day in a row, on Friday reported a high number of additional confirmed and known COVID-19 cases – 20,257 – although the results of many COVID-19 home tests are not being reported.

Virus-related hospitalizations rose slightly, with 2,932 COVID-19 patients occupying inpatient beds statewide on Thursday, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.

A day after passing the grim milestone of 25,000 known COVID-19 deaths, the state also reported 66 additional fatalities on Friday.

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