Community-level COVID indicators continue to rise in Coconino County as case rates drop | Local

As community-level indicators continue to rise in Coconino County, the number of newly reported cases fell again the week ending June 18, according to the latest Dashboard data report from last week. Overall, the county remains at an average level of transmission.

Both indicators at the community level rose last week while remaining in the average category. New COVID admissions are now at a rate of 8.4 per 100,000 (compared to 5.6 the previous week) and 6.7% of staffed hospital beds are now occupied by COVID patients (4.4% the previous week).

Case rates, however, continued to decline to a rate of 218.7 per 100,000 from 259.3 the previous week. A total of 312 new COVID cases were reported for the week (last week’s total was 370). The threshold for community-adjusted indicators is 200 per 100,000.

The rate of positive tests in the county is similar to the previous week, while the number of tests performed continues to decline (from 2,234 last week to 1,787 the week ending June 18). A total of 20.1% of the tests had positive results (20.4% the previous week).

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County residents ages 25-44 had the highest case incidence for the week (319 per 100,000) and those ages 18-24 had the highest positivity rate (25.5%) .

The number of hospitalized patients fell to 10 this week, halving last week’s high of 20 hospitalized COVID patients. The ICA also fell, to 7% from 8.3% the previous week. No COVID deaths were reported in the county for the weeks ending June 11 and June 18.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the Moderna COVID vaccine for children ages 6 to 17. The Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines were approved for children as young as 6 months old last week.

“It’s critical that we protect our children and teens from the complications of the serious illness COVID-19,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in the announcement. “… Vaccinate this age group [6- to 17-year-olds] can provide greater confidence to families that their children and adolescents participating in childcare, school and other activities will be at lower risk of contracting serious illness from COVID-19. »

With this announcement, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are now recommended for anyone aged 6 months or older.

An announcement from the Arizona Department of Health Services regarding the expansion of availability for young children noted that there are approximately 390,000 children in Arizona between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. Since the Pfizer vaccine was first approved for ages 5 to 11 in November, a total of 205,000 Arizona children in the age group have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

CCHHS has expanded the hours of its weekly immunization clinic in response to expanded eligibility. Clinics are held at the CCHHS office (2625 N. King St.) from noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. People of all age groups can make an appointment to receive their initial series or booster doses. Appointments are required and can be made here in English and here in Spanish.

A complete list of vaccination locations in Coconino County is available at coconino.az.gov/2580/COVID-19-Vaccination-Locations.

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