By Mattysen Short, Copy Editor
Editor’s Note: The data cited in this article was current as of Mar. 26th, 2021.
As of Mar. 26th, 2021, there have been a total of 838,558 total cases of the coronavirus in the State of Arizona since the start of the pandemic. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services Data Dashboard, of those 838,558 cases, there have been 16,898 Arizonans that have succumbed to the virus.
On Mar. 13th 2021, for the first time since Oct. 24th, 2020, the seven-day-average for daily new coronavirus cases dropped below 1,000 cases. The current seven-day-average for the State of Arizona is 483 cases. The spike in cases that occurred from the beginning of Nov. to Mid-Feb. has seemingly come to an end. Though this is very exciting news, as we get closer to summer, Gov. Ducey lifts COVID-19 regulations, and unpredictable variants continue to populate, another spike may be near.
With that being said, the number of COVID-19 vaccinations continue to soar in the State of Arizona. As of Mar. 26th, 2021, 27.4% (1.97 M people) of the Ariz. population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 16.8% (1.21 M people people) of the population is fully vaccinated.
Updated Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines consider someone fully protected 2 weeks after they have received both doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
As of Mar. 26th, 2021, Yavapai County, the county to which Embry-Riddle Prescott belongs, has vaccinated 98% of people in the Phase 1A category which includes healthcare workers, first responders, and long-term care facility staff and residents as well as 55% of those in the Phase 1B category which includes educators.
In addition to that, as of last week, Ariz. and Yavapai County are both now offering vaccinations to all adults over the age of 18. This means that almost all Embry-Riddle Prescott students are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine with the only exception being those under the age of 18.
As vaccination numbers soar and COVID-19 cases drop across Ariz., Yavapai County has seen a very significant drop in coronavirus cases and COVID-19 test positivity. The two-week test positivity rate is now just 3.5% in Yavapai County. Two weeks ago on Mar. 14th, the same figure was 14.2%. Yavapai County appears to be making great progress.
Embry-Riddle Prescott is also experiencing low COVID-19 case numbers, reporting only one single case in isolation and 284 students or faculty fully vaccinated.
Things are looking bright, Eagles, but be wary about letting up on COVID-19 precautions just yet. Keep listening to the school administration and CDC guidelines and continue wearing masks and distancing, and life will return to normal before we know it.