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Coconino County reports 359 new known COVID-19 cases during first week of December

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Coconino County officials Friday reported 359 new known cases of COVID Dec. 5–11.

The weekly virus summary showed a drop in cases from the previous week and less than half the number of cases compared to the same week last year.

Tribal communities in the county have experienced the largest recent increase of infections and Williams has Coconino’s lowest rate of fully vaccinated residents.

In addition, Yavapai County officials Friday reported 542 newly confirmed infections and 28 more deaths since Monday.

Meanwhile, Arizona health officials Friday reported more than 3,000 additional COVID infections for the 14th time this month, along with nearly 150 more deaths. They confirmed 3,686 new known cases and 143 additional deaths.

Hospitals in the state remained crowded, but below the current wave’s peak earlier this month.

According to the Department of Health Services, just 5% of licensed beds statewide were unoccupied.

Just under 55% of the state’s population has now been fully vaccinated against COVID.