COVID-19 Update Column

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Cases Begin to Decline

By Mattysen Short, Correspondent

Note from the Chief Copy Editor: The statistics presented in this article were accurate as of Oct. 8, 2021, at 9:00 p.m AZT.

After 22 months of COVID-19 taking over nearly every aspect of our lives, cases are once again steadily decreasing, during the pandemic’s third spike in cases. The United States’ 7-day-average dropped below 100,000 new daily cases on Oct. 7th, 2021, for the first time since Aug. 4th, 2021.

While this decrease in cases does look very promising, the 7-day-average for the United States first hit 100,000 new daily cases on Nov. 6th, 2020 during the second “holiday” spike of the pandemic. This means that even though cases are currently declining, holiday travel will begin again in just under a month and cases may spike higher than ever during this time.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been almost 240 million total coronavirus cases worldwide, leading to the deaths of over 4.8 million people. Here in America, there have been over 44 million total cases and 712 thousand deaths.

In the United States alone, there have been over 400 million COVID-19 vaccinations administered and 187 million people are fully vaccinated per the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) vaccination guidelines. With a total population of 329.5 million people in the U.S., 56.7 percent have been vaccinated. Researchers say that for the U.S. to reach “immunity”, 70-85 percent of people who reside in the U.S. will need to be fully vaccinated.

Updated CDC guidelines consider someone fully protected two 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 worldwide and American cases steadily decrease, Ariz. cases are also very slowly declining. Since the start of the pandemic, just over 1.1 million Arizona residents have contracted COVID-19 and just over 20,000 of those Arizonans have died from the virus. The current seven day average of new COVID-19 cases per day is 2,539.

Almost 60 percent of Arizonans (4,250,885 people) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 52 percent of Arizonans (3,762,440 people) have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A total of 7.8 million doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the state of Arizona which equates to just over one vaccine per the 7.2 million Arizona residents.

Yavapai County’s current one-week test positivity rate is now 14.1 percent, which is much higher than it typically is which may be partially due to an increase in testing. Prescott contributed seven new cases and Prescott Valley contributed 20 new cases on Oct. 7th, 2021 which is significantly higher than all other Yavapai County towns.

Embry-Riddle Prescott’s current COVID-19 case numbers are still relatively low, reporting just two positive cases and 2 students in quarantine. These low numbers though may be due to the fact that only 38 students have been tested since Oct. 1, 2021.

Keep up the COVID-19 precautions and be sure to follow local and University COVID-19 policies in order to get back to “normal” as soon as possible.

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