Coconino County Moves to High Community Level for COVID | Local

Coconino County has moved to a high community level for COVID-19, according to the latest dashboard data report. During the week ending July 2, one of the community-level indicators moved to the high category, which means that additional precautions are recommended.

The county’s rate of new COVID admissions is now in the high category (10 per 100,000 or more), at 17.5 per 100,000 last week. Last week’s rate was 7 per 100,000. The rate of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID patients remained at the same rate as last week. It is in the middle category (less than 10%), at 8.8%.

The number of cases continued to rise, with 438 new cases (a rate of 307.0 per 100,000) reported for the week. Last week, 419 new cases were reported, a rate of 293.7 per 100,000. Positivity also continued to rise this week, with 28.2% of 2,058 tests yielding positive results. The previous week had a positivity rate of 22.9% (2,184 tests were carried out).

Residents between the ages of 25 and 44 had the highest case rate for the week (405 per 100,000), while those between the ages of 18 and 24 had the highest positivity (36.4%).

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Hospitalizations for COVID in the county have increased over the past three weeks, with 22 reported in the week ending July 2. A total of 17 were reported the previous week. The incidence of COVID-like illnesses (CLI) in county hospitals also increased for the third week, from 9.4% to 10.3%. No COVID deaths were reported for the week.

According to TGen’s Arizona COVID-19 Sequencing Dashboard, the BA.5 omicron subvariant is now the most prevalent in Coconino County, accounting for 61.54% of genomes sequenced. It is followed by BA.2.12.1 (30.77%) and BA.2 (7.69%). BA.5 is also the most common in all of Arizona (50%), followed by BA.2.12.1 (30.36%), BA.2 (12.5%) and BA.4 (5 ,36%). Across Arizona, 1.19% of the additional genomes are labeled “other.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) precautions for high-level community locations include wearing a mask in public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. People who are immunocompromised or at high risk are encouraged to avoid non-essential public indoor activities, talk to their healthcare provider about precautions and potential treatments, and have a plan for accessing testing if needed.

For everyone in these areas, the CDC recommends staying up to date on vaccinations, including boosters, improving indoor ventilation when possible, and following recommendations for testing, isolation, and quarantine in case of COVID exposure or symptoms.

More information about COVID in Coconino County, including testing and vaccination sites, is available at coconino.az.gov/2294/COVID-19-Information.

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