COVID community-level indicators still rising in Coconino County as case rates fall | Local

While community-level indicators in Coconino County continue to rise, the number of reported new cases fell again in the week ended June 18, according to last week’s latest dashboard data report. Overall, the district remains at a medium transmission level.

Both community-level indicators rose last week but remained in the medium category. COVID new admissions are now at 8.4 per 100,000 (up from 5.6 in the previous week) and 6.7% of occupied inpatient beds are now occupied by COVID patients (4.4% in the previous week).

However, case rates fell further to 218.7 per 100,000 from 259.3 the week before. A total of 312 new COVID cases were reported for the week (370 in total last week). The threshold for community-level adjusted indicators is 200 per 100,000.

The rate of positive tests in the county is similar to the week before, while the number of tests performed continues to decline (from 2,234 last week to 1,787 in the week ended June 18). Overall, 20.1% of tests were positive (20.4% the week before).

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

The number of hospitalized patients fell to 10 this week, halving last week’s peak of 20 hospitalized COVID patients. CLI also fell to 7% from 8.3% the week before. No COVID deaths were reported in the county in 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. Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines were approved for children aged 6 months and older last week.

“It is critical that we protect our children and adolescents from the complications of severe COVID-19 disease,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in the announcement. “… the vaccination of this age group [6- to 17-year-olds] can provide families with greater confidence that their children and young people who participate in childcare, school and other activities are at reduced risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

With this announcement, both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are now recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older.

An announcement by the Arizona Department of Health about expanding availability for young children noted that there are approximately 390,000 children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old in Arizona. Since Pfizer’s 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 extended the hours of its weekly immunization clinic in response to the expanded eligibility. Classes are held at the CCHHS office (2625 N. King St.) on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. People of all ages can make an appointment to receive their first batch or booster doses. Appointments are required and can be made here in English and here in Spanish.

For a complete list of vaccination locations in Coconino County, see coconino.az.gov/2580/COVID-19-Vaccination-Locations.

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