TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - On Saturday, Jan. 9, 2020, the state of Arizona officially reached 10,000 deaths to COVID-19 in the state.
Across the nation, more than 360,000 people have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Arizona is yet again a COVID hot spot with case rates climbing and hospitalizations drowning the healthcare system.
According to data from the state health department, it took about 10 days for the state to jump from 8,000 deaths, to 9,000 on January 1, 2021. It took eight days for another 1,000 deaths to be added to the count. On June 5, 2020 the state reported 1,000 deaths.
Banner Health has reported bringing in refrigerated trucks to use as mobile morgues at their Phoenix locations. At least one is in use as their morgue capacity continues to be stretched thin.
Hospital capacity across the state continues to hit and make records with all-time highs, with under 10 percent bed capacity and about 6,000 people hospitalized around the state.
Pima County said December alone made up more than a quarter of the county’s deaths seen from COVID-19.