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Coconino County Announces COVID-19 Data Changes To Meet The State’s

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Coconino County has announced a change in COVID-19 data. The county announced 105 new cases of the virus Monday. However officials say, a bulk of “new cases” are due to tracking of cases from previous days that are now being recorded to the state’s change using Antigen testing. County epidemiologist Matt Maurer says “yesterday’s new case count was really only about ten, but because of this change it looks like a much higher number. Those cases are spread out over the last two weeks.” In regards to how these new changes may affect benchmarks with schools, athletics and businesses, Maurer says it’s too early to tell, but “we are going to discuss what this means and really get an understanding where these metrics fit within the benchmarks.” As of Friday, the Flagstaff Unified School District was at 114.5 cases per 100-thousand people, which puts the district into the red, or community spread. Because of this FUSD, using AIA guidelines, has stopped athletic competitions until further notice, however teams can still practice. The football season for both Flagstaff and Coconino is set to start October 2nd however, if numbers don’t improve those games will be canceled. Volleyball was set to start games this week, but those games have been canceled. FUSD says it will continue to monitor weekly public health data and provide updates as benchmarks are met for return to play.

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