What You Need to Know - Week of January 30th

Jan. 31, 2023

1. Urgent Updates: COVID-19 Metrics

2. Risks and Resources for Alcohol Consumption

3. Tips for Healthy Aging

1. Urgent Updates: COVID-19 Metrics

Updated as of: 01-30-2022

Weekly case, death, and hospitalization counts

In the past week, there has been an average of:

Cases per day


Deaths per day


Compared to two weeks ago:

Cases per day

Decreased by 52%

Deaths per day 

Decreased by 25%

Hospitalizations per day 

Decreased by 20%


2. Risks and Resources for Alcohol Consumption

Nearly 17% of adults in Arizona report regularly consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. Regardless of whether you fall within this category, it can be beneficial to be aware of the guidelines and risks of alcohol to create or maintain healthy habits. 

The guidelines for alcohol

The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults of legal drinking age (21 years and older) can choose not to drink or drink in moderation, with two drinks or less a day for men and one drink or less for women. 

Avoid drinking alcohol if you:

  • Are under the legal drinking age
  • Are pregnant or may be pregnant
  • Have health problems that could be made worse by drinking 

Risks of alcohol

When drinking alcohol, your body breaks it down into a chemical called acetaldehyde, which damages your DNA and can create a cancerous tumor. Excessive drinking, with five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women during a single occasion, can lead to chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, weakening of the immune system, alcohol use disorders, and the following types of cancer:

  • Mouth
  • Throat
  • Esophagus
  • Liver
  • Breast (in women)
  • Colon and rectum

Risks for moderate alcohol use in healthy adults are not entirely clear.

Resources for healthy drinking:

Although everyone’s drinking habits look different, it is evident that drinking too much alcohol can be harmful. This tool, made by the CDC, checks your drinking and can give advice. If you want to drink less, it can also help you build a plan to make healthier choices. Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a free, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Call 1-800-622-4357.

3. Tips for Healthy Aging

The average life expectancy in Arizona is 76 years old, and as individuals live longer, the number of older adults in the population is growing. As you age, your mental and physical abilities may begin to decline and change how you live. Creating and using healthy habits may prevent health problems and help you make the most of your life. 

Below are some tips for healthy aging:

Eat and Drink Healthy

  • Make healthy choices by including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and water in your diet.

Staying active

  • It’s never too late to be active. Being active can prevent, delay, and help manage chronic diseases while improving balance and stamina and reducing the risk of falling. Aim for moderate physical activity by walking 20-30 minutes a day, and some muscle-strengthening activities, like taking the stairs or carrying groceries, at least two days a week. 

Avoid tobacco

  • Tobacco can increase the likelihood of having cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and many other chronic health conditions. For more information about the negative impacts of smoking, check out our previous article here. If you use tobacco, take the first step towards quitting by calling 1-800-784-8669 for free help.