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Yavapai County is in Substantial Transmission category of COVID-19

Arizona Department of Health/Courtesy

Arizona Department of Health/Courtesy

Arizona Department of Health updated the community transmission dashboard on Thursday indicating the increase in transmission in Yavapai County from July 4 to July 10. The county is now seeing about 77 cases per 100,000 — an increase from 45 the week prior, and an 8.2% positivity rate compared with 4.7 the week prior. The CDC COVID Data Tracker indicates 39.2% of Yavapai County residents age 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Yavapai County reports 289 COVID-19 cases and two deaths since Monday. The county has tested 125,956 residents for COVID-19, with 20,096 positive cases and 533 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Yavapai Regional Medical Center reports 25 COVID-19 patients, VVMC reports five and the VA has five COVID-19 patients.

Health officials on Friday, meanwhile, reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases statewide for a third day. The state Department of Health Services released its latest daily virus numbers, finding 1,251 new virus cases and another 17 virus-related deaths.

This brings Arizona's pandemic totals to 906,116 cases and 18,100 deaths.

The number of hospitalizations because of the virus have also been inching upward for the past week. As of Thursday, 719 people were hospitalized statewide. Of those, 185 were in ICUs.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Arizona has risen over the past two weeks from 528.3 on June 30 to 851 on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Arizona has risen in that same time period from 10.8 to 11.4.

Officials have attributed the upward trend to July 4 gatherings and the spread of the delta variant.

Like other states, Arizona has seen a massive slowdown when it comes to vaccinations. More than 6.6 million doses have been administered to date. The percentage of the eligible population that has gotten vaccinated remains at just over 50%. According to the state dashboard, 3.6 million people have had at least one vaccine dose and 3.2 million are fully vaccinated.

To keep their kids safe from COVID-19, parents may want to get vaccinated

Parents should be aware of their community’s rate of transmission of COVID-19, as the school year is about to begin. Navigating kids and COVID is complicated. Your child's risk goes up depending on the community you live in or go to school in. If your community has a low vaccination rate and high infection rate, there's a greater risk your child will get sick. It is important to consider the amount of time you and your children could be out of work/school due to having to isolate if exposed to the virus. If a parent should become infected with COVID, and the family is exposed, children will mostly likely have to be out of school for 17 days — and 7 to 10 days if they are exposed at school. That means not going to class at school, not playing sports or going to the movies, and not seeing friends.

The easiest way to protect everyone in your family is to encourage the adults to get vaccinated and to ensure their tweens and teens are fully vaccinated before school begins. Now that students as young as 12 can get a coronavirus vaccine, doctors say parents should get their children vaccinated before they go back to school. For students to be fully vaccinated before school starts, they only have until about mid-July to get their first shot. In Yavapai County, the Pfizer vaccine is available for ages 12 years and older at CVS, the Little Clinic at Fry’s, Safeway and other pharmacies — go to www.vaccine.gov to find the one most convenient for your family.

Back-to-school immunizations

YCCHS will offer appointments for back-to-school vaccinations for the upcoming school year in all three locations — Prescott Valley Fridays; Aug. 6, 13 and 20; Prescott Tuesday, Aug. 10, and Thursdays Aug. 19 and 26, and in Cottonwood on Tuesdays Aug.17, 24 and 31. Call 928-771-3321 to make an appointment.

• COVID-19 Information en Español: https://www.azdhs.gov/COVID19/es/index.php

• CDC COVID Data Tracker: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccination-equity

Information provided by Yavapai Community Health Services and Arizona Department of Health.

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