Arizona Sees an Increase in COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Among Highest in the Nation

Arizona has been leading the nation in COVID-19 cases for weeks now, and with the holidays approaching, doctors expect these numbers to rise. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates COVID-19 patients occupy 8 percent of ICU beds statewide, compared to less than 1 percent reported in mid-October.

"The numbers before indicate there was no surge and that we were doing alright. The numbers now indicate there is a surge and the thing that's complicating it is that it's not just COVID, it's also RSV and flu," said Shad Marvasti, MD, MPH, associate professor of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine and director of Public Health, Prevention and Health Promotion at the college.

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Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated 745 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,600 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Bioscience Core, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.