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Coconino County remains in high COVID-19 transmission despite slight drop in confirmed cases

Charles Krupa/AP, file

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Coconino County declined slightly during the first week of November.

That’s according to county health officials’ weekly report released Friday showing 446 additional infections. It’s about a hundred fewer infections than were reported during the same week last year.

Flagstaff’s 86011 zip code, which includes the Northern Arizona University campus, experienced the largest increase at 44%, and Williams continues to have the highest percentage of unvaccinated residents in the county.

Coconino, along with all 14 other Arizona counties, remains in high community transmission of the virus.

Meanwhile, Yavapai County officials have reported 615 confirmed cases and 20 deaths since Monday.

Statewide, 4,447 new known COVID-19 infections were reported Friday. It was the largest daily increase in months.

The state Department of Health Services said case reports Thursday and Friday were larger than they normally would be because of a now-resolved recent electronic reporting problem. However, the department says cases have been increasing in recent weeks, “driving home the need for continuing tiered strategies of vaccination and mitigation, including masks and distancing indoors around those you don’t live with.”

Arizona officials on Friday confirmed 51 more deaths from the virus.