Feds sending medical team to aid with COVID-19 in Arizona

The federal government is sending medical personnel to Arizona to help with the ongoing COVID-19 surge

  • Dec 21, 2021 Updated Dec 21, 2021
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In Pima County, 343 new cases of COVID-19 and 42 new deaths were reported Tuesday. Above, pharmacists prepare COVID-19 vaccinations.

PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government is sending medical personnel to Arizona to help with the ongoing COVID-19 surge.

The White House announced Tuesday that Arizona is one of a handful of states expected to receive additional resources this week.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is deploying ambulances to help in quickly taking patients from full hospitals to facilities with open beds. Twenty paramedics are heading to Arizona, according to the news release.

The state’s largest hospital systems have warned that they are under immense strain caring for patients with COVID-19 or who delayed care for other illnesses. With a shortage of nurses, they may have to ration care.

The omicron variant, now the dominant variant nationwide, is seen as much more transmissible. Scientists don’t yet know whether omicron causes more serious disease, but they do know that vaccination should offer strong protections against severe illness and death.
Arizona reported 2,395 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 223 more deaths Tuesday. The daily death toll hasn’t been that high since February. Hospitalizations for the virus statewide came in at 2,539.

The state’s pandemic totals now stand at 1,341,377 cases and 23,742 deaths.

Arizona’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases decreased over the past two weeks, going from 4,038.1 on Dec. 5 to 2,914.6 on Sunday. However, the seven-day rolling average of daily deaths increased in that same time frame from 51 to 68.

Meanwhile, the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday will include consideration of a mask mandate. The proposed resolution would require people to wear masks in indoor public spaces where they cannot properly social distance.

Pima County reported 343 new COVID-19 cases and 42 new deaths Tuesday.

Source:  tucson.com/ap/state/feds-sending-medical-team-to-aid-with-covid-19-in-arizona/article_6b2ba8e8-6287-11ec-bc3c-fbadaa1820fc.html?utm_source=tucson.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletter-templates%2Fbreaking&utm_medium=PostUp&utm_content=c9ee9b48a4fd5137d74376356d4fbee4667362d4

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