- Arizona has recently reported the highest case rate in the entire world with record hospitalizations, making it one of the epicenters for the novel coronavirus.
What’s going on?
- “Hospitals in the state of Arizona are stretched very thin right now despite a considerable amount of preparation and work to increase capacity,” Bessel said.
She said people should “shrink your circle” and “stop attending unmasked gatherings even if you feel well.”
- “It is very likely that someone at those gatherings has the virus, and they are spreading it to you,” she said, noting that contract tracing is not beneficial because COVID-19 “is so uncontrolled in our state.”
- “We need every one of you to do your part so that hospitals can remain open and accessible for all those in need of health care,” she added.
- Three states in the U.S. have the highest infection rates of COVID-19 pandemic in the entire world, NBC News reports. Those three states include Arizona, California and Rhode Island.
Arizona has the highest per-capita rate of infections with 785 cases per 100,000 in the last week, as I wrote for the Deseret News. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic has a rate of 653 per 100,000 — which is the biggest of any single country.
Arizona, Rhode Island and California all have a higher case rate than any single nation in the entire world.