Coconino County is seeing an explosion of positive COVID-19 cases as the Omicron variant takes hold in the county. County health officials report nearly 31-hundred new cases of the virus between January 2nd and the 8th, which more than doubled the amount of cases from the week before. Around 25-hundred cases were in Flagstaff alone. Most of the cases, according to health officials, are in the 20-44 year old age group, with the median age 29 years old. More people also received either their first or second shot, or the booster shot, of the COVID vaccine last week than the week before. Nearly 16-percent of total positive cases have been vaccine breakthrough cases, with 21-percent of those cases from the Omicron variant. Hospital visits in the county rose just over four-percent from last week’s numbers to 19-percent. As of Friday morning, Flagstaff Medical Center had 50 COVID-positive patients and 38 total patients in the ICU. There are 228 patients currently at FMC. For more information on testing, vaccine locations and more, log onto coconino.az.gov/covid19.
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