AZ Tops 3,200 Daily COVID-19 Cases; Uptick Continues In Coconino County
The Arizona Dept. of Health Services reported 3,225 new COVID-19 cases Friday morning, along with 23 recent related deaths. It tops Thursday’s six-month record high case count of 2,970 infections.
Hospitalizations related to the virus also continue to rise: as of Thursday, 1,590 individuals were receiving in-patient treatment for COVID-19. According to ADHS records, it’s the highest hospitalization rate the state has experienced since Feb. 21, 2021.
Coconino County, meanwhile, experienced another uptick in cases, according to a new report released Friday. A total of 62 cases have been documented of the highly transmissible delta variant — as of last Friday, Aug. 6, the county had only documented 28 total delta cases.
County data also shows 81% of the past week’s cases were among individuals who were not fully vaccinated.
Page continues to lead the county in vaccination rates, with 73.1% of residents having received at least one dose. Williams, at 42.4%, holds among the county’s lowest vaccination rates. The county’s Indigenous residents hold the highest vaccination rates over any other demographic, following a national trend. Death rates are also highest among Native American residents in Coconino County: 78% of deaths from COVID-19 recorded throughout the course of the pandemic are among Indigenous people.
County health officials say Flagstaff and tribal communities experienced the largest surge over the past week.
Vaccination clinics are slated later today in Flagstaff outside the Coconino County Courthouse and tomorrow at the Sheperd of the Hills Lutheran Church.