The New York Times published an investigation that lists Arizona as the new epicenter of contagion after ranking new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past week from other countries and states.
Given the increase in coronavirus cases and the shortages of beds in hospitals, Arizona became the first state in the country to activate crisis care standards according to the medical director of one of the state’s largest hospital systems.
Until this Wednesday, the state has 145 beds available in Intensive Care Units (ICU), which represents 9% of the total capacity.
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona exceeded 108,000 this week. Arizona Department of Health reported 3,520 new cases of coronavirus and 36 deaths s this Wednesday.
“Arizona exceeded 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Just 2 weeks ago we were in the middle of that. Our state is in crisis. Bold leadership, and urgent action, is necessary to keep Arizonans safe, ”wrote Rep. Greg Stanton.
Arizona Representative Greg Stanton asked state leaders to take three immediate actions; use federal funds to do more tests and get faster results.
Stanton also asks that they require the use of masks throughout the state and follow up on those who were in contact with infected people to stop the crises.