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Emily Alexander, 37, shows her COVID-19 vaccination card quickly after getting the vaccine in the parking area of the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The Arizona Cardinals’ stadium opened as a vaccination site Monday that will be a 24-7 operation.

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Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Providers, speaks with reporters in the parking lot of the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The Arizona Cardinals’ stadium opened as a vaccination website Monday that will be a 24-7 operation.

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Chauffeurs wait in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the parking lot of the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The Arizona Cardinals’ stadium opened as a vaccination website Monday that will be a 24-7 operation.

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PHOENIX (AP)– COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona reached another high Monday as the state with among the worst medical diagnosis rates in the U.S. ramps up its vaccine efforts, consisting of turning an NFL stadium into a round-the-clock mass vaccination site.

A record 4,997 people were hospitalized because of the coronavirus and 1,158 remained in extensive care, the Arizona Department of Health Services stated. Those numbers are significantly above what the state experienced during its last surge in July.

On Monday, health authorities reported 8,995 brand-new COVID-19 cases and six extra deaths. That brings the total number of cases to 627,541 and total deaths to 10,147.

One in every 115 people in Arizona was identified with COVID-19 over the past week.

As the numbers spike, Arizona is preparing to start the next phase of its vaccine rollout plan.

Dr. Cara Christ, Department of Health Solutions director, and other officials on Monday introduced the opening of the Arizona Cardinals’ stadium as a vaccination site. Christ and other medical staff vaccinated around two dozen educators and state cannon fodders.

State Farm Stadium in Glendale will be a round-the-clock drive-thru operation. The goal is to vaccinate around 6,000 people a day, Christ said. For now, the website will be by appointment only. While some have complained about being unable to register online or by phone, Christ motivated individuals to keep trying.

” There’s still lots of consultations offered. We’ve had a huge response and a great deal of individuals able to get through,” Christ stated. “So simply keep trying. We constantly know there’s gon na be increased demand immediately.”

Emily Alexander, 37, was the very first person Christ vaccinated. A fourth-grade teacher in the Phoenix suburban area of Paradise Valley, she stated she hopes it indicates there’s a chance of being reunited with trainees and colleagues in person before completion of the year.

” I miss the kids a lot,” Alexander said. “I’m really anticipating seeing them and their families, having the ability to hug them. That has actually just been so difficult.”

Maricopa County, that includes Phoenix, is starting to vaccinate the next tier of qualified groups, consisting of teachers, individuals age 75 and older and police and firemens. A number of other counties already have expanded vaccine eligibility beyond healthcare workers and those living and operating in care houses and started signing up those groups to get the vaccinations this month.

Leaders of Arizona’s biggest health center systems and others have actually consistently contacted Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican politician, to implement tighter constraints to stop the infection’s spread.

Ducey has turned down those calls, stating local officials ought to implement existing limitations.

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