The state had 138,523 COVID-19 cases—an increase of 3,910 from the previous day—and 91 newly reported deaths, bringing the number of statewide virus-related deaths to 2,583 on July 17, according to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Of 11,094 polymerase chain reaction, known as PCR, tests in Maricopa County reported on July 17, 26.22%, or 2,909 tests, came back positive for coronavirus. The PCR test determines an active case of COVID-19, the other kind of testing data the state tracks is related to serology—or antibody—tests, which determines if a person has been infected in the past with the virus. The county also reported 54 new deaths July 16, bringing the county's death toll to 1,328, according to data from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.
Of the county's 1,328 known deaths, 565 are tied to long-term care facilities, making up 42.55% of the county's total COVID-19-related deaths.
The state and county also track hospitalization data. In Maricopa County, 4% of the county's total cases resulted in hospitalization as of July 16. The county tracks intensive care unit, or ICU, data separately. One percent of the county's total cases have resulted in admittance to the ICU. Statewide, as of July 17, ADHS reported 5% of the state's cases have resulted in hospitalization—6,402 cases across the state.
According to data from the state, of the completed and reported Maricopa County COVID-19 PCR tests, 15.8% of them have yielded a positive result.
Statewide, there have been 764,155 PCR tests completed. Of the total PCR tests across the state, 14.4% have yielded a positive result.