By Mattysen Short, Correspondent
Note from the Chief Copy Editor: Statistics presented in this article regarding the COVID-19 pandemic were accurate as of 4:00 p.m. MST.
The coronavirus has now taken the life of around 4.7 million people across the world and has infected over 230 million people since COVID-19 first started spreading on a large scale in Jan. of 2020. In the last 28 days alone there have been over 16 million new covid cases and 252,831 deaths.
In the United States, COVID-19 cases are still spiking for the third time since the pandemic first started. While the daily averages are not as high as they were during the second spike of the pandemic, single day highs are higher than before with Sept. 7th having more new cases in one day than any other day since the pandemic started. In the last 28 days, there have been over 4 million new COVID cases in the US alone and over 42 million total.
Though cases are still on the rise, over 6 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered worldwide and in the United States, over 387 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.
In the State of Arizona, COVID-19 cases also continue to rise following the same path as the US. Since the start of the pandemic, just over one million Ariz. residents have contracted COVID-19 and nearly 20,000 of those Arizonans have died from the virus. The current seven day average of new COVID-19 cases per day is 2,443.
About 4.1 million Arizonans (57.6% of the Arizona population) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while nearly 3.7 million Arizonans are fully vaccinated.
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 is also still struggling with an increase in COVID-19 cases inPrescott and Prescott Valley, the main two cities where ERAU Prescott students reside. These cities contribute over 8,000 COVID-19 cases to the county’s total of just over 28,000. The county is 43.6% vaccinated, a relatively low number compared to both the state of Ariz. and the US as a whole.
The pandemic is still nowhere near over, though it appeared to be coming to an end in late spring 2021. Do your part to help get things back to normal by wearing a mask and getting vaccinated.
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/].