Coconino County has fallen back into medium community level as COVID cases come back down after spiking. Community levels are based on new COVID admissions per 100-thousand people and percent of staffed impatient beds by COVID patients. Dr. Derek Feuquay with Flagstaff Medical Center says “we’ve seen a mild uptick in cases. I think maybe one day we had no COVID cases in house, but today we have 14 and nine have no symptoms.” He says the nine “tested positive because we test everyone we bring into the hospital, while the other five came I because they have symptoms.” He says this latest variant is contageous and, “lots of people are getting it, but we have better treatments now so we’re able to mitigate it more than we did before.” COVID cases fell to 337 the week of July 23rd, which is a drop of over 100 cases from the previous week in the county. There have been 52 deaths from COVID this year, 31 have been in the 65-and-older age group. If you feel sick, stay home and if you’re concerned you may have COVID, call your doctor.
To hear the entire interview with Dr. Derek Feuquay from FMC, click here. They talk a little about monkeypox and daily operations at FMC too.