FOX 10’s Renee Nelson has the latest COVID-19 data from the Arizona Dept. of Health Services.
PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Sept. 28 reported 273 new coronavirus cases and one additional death.
The state Health Services Department said there have been 217,510 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began hitting Arizona in March. The known death total remains at 5,623.
Health officials said the number of Arizona’s confirmed or suspected coronavirus inpatients fell to 468 on Sept. 27, among the fewest since early April.
They said the number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds was at 115, one of the lowest marks recorded during the pandemic.
Arizona health officials also said coronavirus inpatients peaked at 3,517 on July 13, the same day that COVID-19 patients in ICU beds peaked at 970.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
Tips for keeping a strong immune system
Exercising and eating right are vital.
In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around othersWash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.Monitor your health daily
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Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu.
Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart conditions.
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Right now there’s one big difference between flu and coronavirus: A vaccine exists to help prevent the flu and it’s not too late to get it. It won’t protect you from catching the coronavirus, but may put you in a better position to fight it.
To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, and avoid crowds and standing close to people.
And if you do find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms – don’t go straight to your doctor’s office. That just risks making more people sick, officials urge. Call ahead, and ask if you need to be seen and where.