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Some Phoenix-area hospitals are seeing more COVID-19 patients

As COVID-19 cases surge in Arizona, some hospitals around the Phoenix area are seeing an increase in patients.

“This virus continues to circulate, and it’s circulating more within the community. We also, in tandem with that, have seen a slight increase in the number of people that we have in the hospital than we have had previously,” said Dr. Michael White, chief clinical officer of Valleywise Health.

White says the test positivity rate at Valleywise has also risen.

“Our percent positivity rate has increased, back up into the high teens, low 20s, of the tests that we run have been positive for COVID-19,” said White.

He recommends taking steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, like wearing a mask and getting a booster vaccine if you haven’t already.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's transmission levels say that 11 of 15 Arizona counties are at a “high” community transmission rate. That includes Maricopa County.

The CDC recommends that everyone, regardless of vaccination status,  wear masks indoors in counties with high transmission rates.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.