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COVID Cases Continue To Drop In Coconino County

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Cases of COVID-19 continues to drop in Coconino County. According to the latest weekly county COVID update, cases per 100-thousand has lowered from 370.3 to 188.7. The percent positivity is down to 10.6-percent. Both are still in high transmission, but are closed to dropping to “orange” or substantial transmission. When it comes to schools, in the Flagstaff Unified School District, cases per 100-thousand dropped from 291 last week to 156 this week. Percent positive also dropped to 8.6-percent from 11.1-percent last week. Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new metrics to guide COVID-19 mitigation practices. The new metrics will continue to consider caseloads to determine community risk level and will also incorporate the impacts on the healthcare system as indicators to determine appropriate prevention measures for each county. According to the CDC, counties in Low and Medium can consider going without masks in public indoor settings. In High, the CDC recommends masks in all public indoor settings, including schools. Using the new metrics, Coconino County’s COVID-19 community level is Medium. The Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board will meet Monday morning at 10 a.m. to discuss changing the district’s mask requirement to “recommended.”