First Week of April 2022: COVID-19 Overview


Ash Espinosa

Throughout the first week of April COVID-19 case numbers in Arizona have continued to follow similar patterns as of previous weeks, along with numerous updates about increases and reporting of the global virus.

The first weekend of April marked two years from the first reported death caused by COVID in Arizona. Based on the numbers recorded from January 2020, Arizona has reached 2 million cases and approximately 29,7000 deaths as of this week (April 4-8). 

Due to Arizona’s case numbers lowering and following a stable pattern, Arizona has decided to change from their daily COVID updates to weekly updates. The COVID reporting has changed to match public health and disease trend recordings.

Even when cases are reported to be lower, Arizona has been reported to have the 11th highest overall case rate in the United States. Along with being reported as one of the worst states with overall cases and deaths throughout the course of the two years, since January 2020.      

Overall cases through March and beginning April have ranged from 10,000 to 4,000 cases per week. With such numbers Arizona has held an average of 3 percent ofCOVID positivity of their 7 million population. On Wednesday, April 6, 6,840 new cases and 413 deaths were reported, showing a peak on the week’s case pattern. 

Arizona’s infection rate has been recorded by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to be 27,576 cases per every 100,000 people. The death rate has also been recorded at 402 deaths per every 100,000 people, almost twice as the United States average of 295 deaths per every 100,000. 

Arizona’s full vaccination percentage since Friday, April 1 was reported to be more than 44 percent, still lower than the national rate of 61 percent. About 70.3 percent of Arizona’s 7 million people have at least one vaccine. 

The COVID variant, Omicron, has caused hospitals and prisons to report more people testing positive. As April continues Arizona’s daily updates on the global virus, recording increases, decreases, and their effects on Arizona’s community.