Officials at Northern Arizona Healthcare are seeing an increase of COVID patients, but it isn’t at the level it was last year, yet. Flagstaff Medical Center has 24 COVID patients in the hospital as of Monday. FMC says they have admitted kids who have tested positive for COVID-19, but all have done well. Officials say the most staffed part of the hospital is ICU and they haven’t seen the shortages like they did last year. The hospital will be back in visitation restrictions on Wednesday due to high transmission of the virus in the county. There will be no visitation, except for special circumstances or end of life, one healthy person is allowed for labor and delivery, both parents are guardians are allowed for pediatric care, one visitor for outpatient surgery and masks must be worn at all times. Officials say vaccinations are crucial. NAH chief medical officer Dr. Derek Feuquay says until a larger number people are vaccinated, masking will be in play. He says “If I’m vaccinated and I get COVID and I don’t know I have it, yeah I can totally spread it.” He adds, “the mask is more about me not giving it to someone else then necessarily protecting me.” He also says the “vast majority” of those who are admitted to the hospital have been unvaccinated. They say they are still seeing patients from off the reservations, but it’s not as bad as it was last year, primarily due to the number of tribal members vaccinated. For those who wish to send cards and letters to doctors and nurses with Northern Arizona Healthcare, email firstname.lastname@example.org.