Continuing recent downward trend, Arizona COVID hospitalizations fall to lowest level in two weeks

Inpatient numbers began dropping nearly a week ago.

Updated: July 18, 2020 - 12:40pm

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A steady downward trend in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the state of Arizona continued on Saturday as the state reported a two-week low of the number of inpatient coronavirus infections there.

A total of 3,238 Arizonians were listed as hospitalized with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, per the state's coronavirus dashboard. That's down about 8% from the current peak of 3,517 reported on July 13, and is the lowest number of hospitalizations the state has posted since July 5.

Hospitalizations in Arizona were largely flat throughout the months of April and May, but near the end of the latter month they began a steady upward climb that has persisted largely unabated until earlier this week. 

The share of COVID-19 patients in the state's ICU beds have also fallen by a similar percentage since the 13th, declining from 940 patients on that day to 894 yesterday. 

Overall inpatient bed usage throughout the state, meanwhile, appears to have largely plateaued as of late last month, averaging roughly between 85-87% occupancy since June 18th.