Coconino County is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant. As transmission rates go up, Coconino County Health and Human Services officials are advising that people evaluate the need for large gatherings and postpone events until transmission rates begin dropping. When attending an indoor event, masks should always be worn. CCHHS reminds people to stay home if you’re feeling sick, get vaccinated, get the booster if you are eligible, wear a mask, wash your hands, and avoid crowded indoor spaces. The COVID-19 booster doses give additional protection against the virus. The CDC recently approved the administration of Pfizer mRNA boosters to children ages 12 to 17, also adding that recipients of the vaccine 12 years and older only have to wait five months before receiving a booster vaccine. Moderna boosters are available six months after finishing the initial two vaccines, and Johnson & Johnson at least two months after their initial vaccine. New data was released Friday by the county and there were 1,458 cases reported between Christmas and New Year’s in the county, which more than doubles the cases from the week before and is nearly 500 more than this time last year. Over a thousand of the cases last week were from Flagstaff. Hospital visits with COVID-like illnesses among county residents is 13.9-percent last week, which is the highest since the pandemic began. As of Friday morning, Flagstaff Medical Center has 53 COVID positive patients, with 230 total patients and their ICU was near capacity. For more information and to book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, head to coconino.az.gov/covid19.
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