COVID-19: Gilbert cases up 235 on Dec. 11

Here is what you need to know today about coronavirus in Gilbert. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Here is what you need to know today about coronavirus in Gilbert. (Community Impact Newspaper)

Here is what you need to know today about coronavirus in Gilbert. (Community Impact Newspaper)

Across Gilbert's six ZIP codes, there were 12,556 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on Dec. 11 according to data from the state. That's an increase of 235 cases from the previous day. That also represents an increase of 14.61% in the past seven days.



The state had 394,512 COVID-19 cases—an increase of 6,983 from the previous day, and 91 newly reported deaths, bringing the number of statewide virus-related deaths to 7,245 on Dec. 11, according to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.


The number of diagnostic tests reported in Maricopa County as of Dec. 10 was 13,552 with 27.97%—or 3,791 tests–coming back positive. Those tests include polymerase chain reaction, known as PCR, tests and antigen tests. 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. Antigen tests "may not be as accurate or able to run as many patient samples per day, however, the quick results provide the ability to rapidly triage and make decisions," according to ADHS.

The county also reported 36 new deaths Dec. 10, bringing the county's death toll to 4,298, according to data from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Of the county's 4,298 known deaths, 1,403 are tied to long-term care facilities, making up 32.64% of the county's total COVID-19-related deaths.






The state and county also track hospitalization data. In Maricopa County, 8% of the county's total cases resulted in hospitalization as of Dec. 10. The county tracks intensive care unit, or ICU, data separately, and 1% of the county's total cases have resulted in admittance to the ICU. Statewide, as of Dec. 11, ADHS reported 8% of the state's cases have resulted in hospitalization—30,302 cases across the state.


According to data from the state, of the completed and reported Maricopa County COVID-19 diagnostic tests, 12.1% of them have yielded a positive result.

Statewide, there have been 2,460,821 diagnostic tests completed. Of the total PCR tests across the state, 11.4% have yielded a positive result.