COVID numbers continue surge; vaccinations important, health officials say

While the state has added thousands of new COVID-19 cases to its tally since Friday, Yavapai County officials reported an average of 53 cases a day over the weekend.

After two consecutive days of reporting over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, Arizona health officials reported 1,846 cases Monday, Aug. 2. The Arizona Department of Health Services dashboard reported only one new virus-related death, bringing the pandemic death toll to 18,252 and the number of cases to 931,387.

The number of hospitalizations from the virus are also continuing on an upward trajectory. As of Sunday, 1,169 people were hospitalized statewide. It hasn’t been that high since early March.

Yavapai County on Monday reported 159 COVID-19 cases since Friday — an average of 53 cases per day. The county has tested 129,105 people for COVID-19 and there have been 21,050 positive cases and 542 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Yavapai Regional Medical Center on Monday reported 38 COVID-19 patients, Verde Valley Medical Center reported three, and the Prescott VA has two COVID-19 patients.

Public health officials attribute the worsening spread to the very contagious delta variant and low vaccination rates. They said hospitalizations related to COVID-19 soared in July with unvaccinated people accounting for almost all of the serious illnesses and deaths.

Gov. Doug Ducey and health officials continue to push for vaccinations. So far, over 6.8 million vaccine doses have been administered. More than 3.7 million people — 52.2% of the state’s population — have received at least one dose of vaccine. Over 3.3 million Arizonans are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, school districts are set to return to class this week. The state’s ban on school-wide mask mandates has created tension with numerous staff and teachers. Last week, the Phoenix Union High School District’s superintendent announced a mask mandate regardless of vaccination status in defiance of state law.

CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS

This week, parents everywhere are concerned about sending their children back to in-person school, Yavapai County Community Health Services officials stated.

“We have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Children’s lives have been affected in unimaginable ways, including their education, family life, social interactions, and most significantly, the continuity of their health care,” according to a news release. “Over the past year, many children fell behind on receiving routine childhood vaccinations and routine wellness exams. As children continue to return to the new ‘normal,’ routine childhood vaccinations are essential to keeping them and their communities protected and healthy.”

YCCHS is offering appointments for back-to-school vaccinations for the upcoming school year in all three locations – Prescott Valley on Fridays, Aug. 6, 13 and 20; Prescott on Tuesday, Aug. 10, and Thursdays, Aug. 19 and 26; and Cottonwood on Tuesdays, Aug. 17, 24 and 31.

Call 928-771-3122 to make an appointment.

To learn more about immunization requirements in Arizona, visit https://education.azgovernor.gov/edu/arizona-school-immunization-requirements.

DELTA

The Delta variant is the dominant strain of the COVID-19 virus in Arizona right now. If you are experiencing symptoms of a bad cold, please get tested for COVID-19.

Here is a list of testing sites: https://www.yavapai.us/Portals/39/COVID-19/TestingSitesinYavapaiCounty.pdf.

The best way to avoid getting infected is to get vaccinated. The vaccines are safe, effective and free. If you are looking to get vaccinated against COVID-19, check out:

• YRMC: https://www.yrmc.org/support-and-community/covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations

• Spectrum Healthcare: https://www.spectrumhealthcare-group.com/vaccine/ - 877-634-7333.

Their Anywhere Care team can go to anyone’s home and vaccinate them. You do not need to pre-register. Just call their dedicated line to schedule: 1-844-whereUr. (1-844-943-8273)

• Yavapai Community Health Services - 928-771-3122 for appointments, Phone Bank 928-442-5103

• Community Health Center of Yavapai - 928-583-1000

• www.vaccine.gov.


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