Update Column: COVID Cases Hold Steady as We Head into 2021 Holiday Season

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By Mattysen Short, Correspondent

Note from the Chief Copy Editor: The statistics presented in this article were accurate as of Nov. 5, 2021, at 2:00 p.m AZT.

Approximately four weeks ago, the Horizons Newspaper COVID-19 Update Column discussed the decline in COVID cases around the world at the end of the third total spike of cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Since then, cases have begun to rise again on the worldwide level while in America, cases are continuing to decline. However, in Arizona and Yavapai county, the case numbers remain stagnant.

Across the world, there have been nearly 12 million new COVID-19 cases in the last 28 days. Among those 12 million, there have been almost 200,000 deaths due to COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been almost 250 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide and subsequently over five million deaths.

In the United States, there have been nearly 50 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. The US has effectively held nearly 20 percent of worldwide COVID-19 cases. There are 195 countries worldwide with a total population of 7.9 billion people. America has only 329 million of those people. America holds only 4.1 percent of the worldwide population yet one in every five new COVID-19 cases occurs in America. In addition to that, there has been one confirmed COVID-19 case for every 6.58 people in America.

According to the John Hopkins COVID-19 Map, Maricopa County is currently in second place for COVID-19 cases across the country. Maricopa County is one of 15 Ariz. counties and borders Yavapai County where the Embry-Riddle Prescott residential campus is. Ariz. has led the nation in new COVID-19 cases several times throughout the pandemic and while it is currently not, its largest county has had more COVID-19 cases than every single other county in America besides Los Angeles County. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been about 1.2 million COVID-19 cases in Ariz. which equates to about one case for every seven people in Ariz. Twenty-one thousand Arizonans have died to COVID-19.

In Yavapai County, the current seven-day average is hovering right around 100 new cases per day, which is not terrible considering Yavapai County’s population of almost 250 thousand people. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been almost 30,000 COVID-19 cases in Yavapai county which equates to about one in every eight people. That ratio is lower than that of both America and the rest of Ariz.

Over the last week at ERAU Prescott, 57 students have been tested for COVID-19 and 12 of those students have tested positive. A total of 14 ERAU Prescott students are currently in quarantine.

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