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KNAU's Morning Rundown: Monday, March 1

COVID-19 Vaccine: Vaccinations Slated At Northern Arizona Healthcare

Coconino County officials announced Saturday a number of vaccination appointments are available through Northern Arizona Healthcare. The county is continuing to vaccinate individuals in 1A and 1B categories. Residents — along those who work in the county — are eligible to receive the vaccine within the prioritized groups.


Northern Arizona Healthcare has listed first-dose appointments between March 2 and 5 at the Elk’s Lodge in Flagstaff. According to state data, Coconino County has partially or fully vaccinated about 23% of its population so far. An estimated 12,243 people within the county have been fully immunized through two doses, AZDHS says.


COVID-19 Vaccine: Spanish-Language Option Launches In Coconino County 

Coconino County officials have also launched a Spanish-language registration system for some vaccination appointments in March. The option is applicable only for first-dose appointments at the Flagstaff Fort Tuthill site. Residents can find the system on the county’s official website, which also includes a COVID-19 information line (928-679-7300) for local callers. 


Senior Communications Manager Alexandra Fischer said Friday those who dial the information line can receive information English or Spanish.  


Arizona Approaches 2 Million Vaccine Doses

Arizona health officials estimate more than 1.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered statewide so far — nearly 17 percent of the state population has received at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. An estimated 455,838 people in the state have been fully immunized through two vaccine doses, according to the Department of Health Services.


Search For Missing Person Launched Along South Rim

National Park Service officials say they’ve initiated a missing person search along the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Officials announced Sunday morning they’d begun searching for 40-year-old John Pennington of Walton, Ky. Pennington is described as a white man, 5’11”, with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen near Yaki Point; officials say he could be traveling on a yellow motorcycle with Ohio plates.


Hopi Reservation Extends Executive Order 

Hopi tribal officials have extended a stay-at-home lockdown on the reservation until March 31. Officials announced Friday evening they’d been warned of a possibility of a third surge in the U.S. due to multiple confirmed variants of the virus. Hopi officials say the positivity rate among those who test for the virus has decreased, but remains at 20.6% positivity. A spokesperson for the Indian Health Service estimated Thursday that the Hopi Health Care Center has vaccinated more than 3,500 patients so far. The Hopi reservation contains about 9,000 residents, according to a recent estimate from the Office Of The Chairman.

For updates, visit KUYI Hopi Radio.

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