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Coconino County moved to a low community level for COVID-19 the week ending July 30, according to the latest dashboard data report.

The county’s case rate fell to 184.3 per 100,000 this week (263 new cases) from last week’s rate of 236.2 per 100,000 (337 total new cases reported). Test positivity also fell this week to 22.8% from 27% the previous week, while the number of tests performed continued to decline, dropping to 1,263 from 1,598 the previous week.

Because the case rate is below the 200 per 100,000 threshold for the adjusted community measures, community-level indicators can now fall into low, medium, or high categories. This week, the rate of new COVID admissions (8.4 per 100,000) and the number of hospital beds occupied by COVID patients (9.5%) were reported at low levels. Last week, the COVID admissions rate was 9.1 per 100,000 and 9.5% of inpatient beds were occupied by COVID patients.

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The county has been at an average or high community level since early June, when the case rate jumped above 200,000.

A total of 12 COVID hospitalizations were reported in the county this week (from 17 the previous week), with the incidence of COVID-like illnesses in county hospitals falling to 6.4% (from 9.4%).

According to TGen’s Arizona COVID-19 Sequencing Dashboard, 100% of genomes sequenced in the state in the week ending August 6 belong to the omicron subvariant BA.5. The most recent dashboard update for Coconino County (the week ending July 9) has BA.4 and BA.5 each representing half of the sequenced genomes.

County residents age 65 or older had the highest case rate (265 per 100,000), while those age 4 and younger had the highest positivity (35.6%). Two COVID deaths have been reported in the county in each of the past three weeks.

The number of vaccines given to patients in the county continued to increase for the third week in a row, with the majority still being booster doses – although the percentage of first and second doses increased slightly from previous weeks. A total of 56.5% (80,515 people) of Coconino County’s eligible population have been vaccinated at this point, of which 53.6% have received a booster dose.

In areas with low community levels, the CDC recommends individuals stay up to date on COVID vaccines (including boosters), improve indoor ventilation when possible, test when exposed or showing symptoms of COVID and follow isolation and quarantine recommendations.

Immunocompromised and high-risk individuals are encouraged to have an early screening plan and to consult with their health care providers about potential treatments.

For more information about COVID in Coconino County, including testing and vaccination sites, go to coconino.az.gov/2294/COVID-19-Information.

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