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Coconino County Reports Continued ‘High’ COVID-19 Transmission In Weekly Report

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Coconino County health officials continue to report a high level of COVID-19 community transmission. According to the county’s weekly update, the highly transmissible delta variant is still driving a surge of infections locally and nationwide. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Friday’s COVID report includes information on the virus from the final full week in August. It shows a slight decline in known cases from the previous three weeks at 268. But the number was still more than four times higher than the same week last year. Page experienced the largest increase of confirmed infections.

Just over 51% of Coconino County residents are fully vaccinated against the virus. Williams continues to have the lowest vaccination rate in the county at 43.8%, and Native Americans have the highest percentage of any group.

According to TGen North, nearly all COVID cases confirmed in the county last month were the highly transmissible delta variant. Most of the U.S. including all 15 Arizona counties still report high community transmission.

Ryan joined KNAU's newsroom in 2013. He covers a broad range of stories from local, state and tribal politics to education, economy, energy and public lands issues, and frequently interviews internationally known and regional musicians. Ryan is an Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a frequent contributor to NPR.
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