When Gov. Doug Ducey and top health officials gave Arizona the green light to reopen after being largely closed for multiple months due to the coronavirus, state officials said the hospitals had capacity to treat any current and future COVID-19 patients.

The purpose of the shutdown was, according to officials, to allow the hospitals to build patient capacity and slow the spread of the virus.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has tracked COVID-19 hospitalization data since early April, and in recent days and weeks the number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients admitted to a hospital has climbed. Of the 764,155 COVID-19 tests in Arizona, 14.4% have yielded positive results as of July 17. This accounts for diagnostic test results, not antibody test results.

Hospital capacity is part of the state and federal governments "gating criteria" that allows a phased reopening. Arizona is currently in phase one of reopening.

The number of COVID-19 related inpatient hospitalizations was 3,466 as of July 16, according to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The number of intensive care unit, or ICU, beds in use by COVID-19 patients has also grown after the state ended its stay-at-home order May 15. As of July 16, the number of ICU beds across the state in use by COVID-19 patients was 944, an increase of 26 from the previous day.


The state also tracks the number of positive or suspected COVID-19 seen in emergency rooms across the state. As of July 16, there were 1,574 reported COVID-19 emergency department visits.