By Mattysen Short, Correspondent
Note from the Chief Copy Editor: statistics and numbers presented in this article were accurate as of Sept. 10th, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. MST.
As the third surge of COVID-19 cases roars across the world, many countries and states appear to be considering lockdowns and COVID-19 mandates, once again. Since the last Horizons COVID-19 Update was written on August 27th, there has been an increase of 14 million cases worldwide (210 million to 224 million), which equates to about 1 million new covid cases a day. According to John Hopkins University, there have been almost 18 million new COVID cases in the last 28 days.
On Sept. 7th, 2021, new COVID-19 cases in America hit a one-day high of 301,138 cases, making it the highest number of cases seen in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The second highest number of cases seen in a single day was on January 8th, 2021 with 300,777.
Nine months from peak to peak with charts that appeared to be getting better, billions upon billions of vaccinations, lifted restrictions, and life returning to normal only for the pandemic to become worse than ever before.
Hospitals do not have what they need, supplies nor staff, to care for those they need to. Hospitals in Northern Idaho have reached a crisis point and thus have begun to ration care. If you are to end up at the hospital right now for anything, you’d better pray to whoever you believe in that your chances of survival are high or they may not even attempt to save your life.
According to ArsTechnica.com, a crisis level of care typically means that “emergency medical services may prioritize which 911 calls they respond to; some people who would normally be admitted to the hospital will instead be turned away” and that “hospital staff might not be able to provide an intensive care unit bed or a ventilator to a patient who has a relatively low chance of survival”.
The healthcare system is crumbling under the weight of the third surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare workers are making the choice to save themselves and leave the profession at an alarming rate leaving those who stay with double the work and in a country that seems to be experiencing a shortage of just about everything, hospitals can not get the supplies that they so desperately need.
Authors Note: I apologize for the grimness of this article, however I can not continue to write these updates without taking a moment to show the true gravity of the situation in this country.
Arizona as a whole is not struggling as severely as they did during the second surge of the pandemic. However, there is currently a seven day average of about 3,000 new cases per day and there are only 134 ICU beds available in the entirety of the state. Pre-pandemic ICU availability sat at around 500 beds.
The lack of a heavy surge in Arizona may be due, in part, to the 56.6% of Arizonans who have chosen to take the steps to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The CDC classifies anyone who has had both doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to be fully vaccinated and fully protected two weeks after receiving the full series of the vaccination they choose.
Yavapai County continues to struggle with high COVID numbers and Prescott and Prescott Valley continue to be the highest contributors to that, with over 11,000 combined cases while Yavapai county has only 24,000 cases.
Eagles, please get vaccinated if you are medically able to and consider wearing a mask when in busy indoor places. Wearing a mask isn’t fun, there’s no denying that, but using a ventilator would be a whole lot worse and there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people currently facing that reality at the hands of those who chose to not take the proper steps to protect themselves and others.
Please visit [https://yavapaiaz.gov/chs] for local COVID-19 resources, and to find a vaccine in Yavapai County. For nationwide vaccine resources, visit [https://www.vaccines.gov/].