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Majority of COVID-19 cases in Arizona coming from unvaccinated individuals

Nearly all recent COVID-19 cases in the state of Arizona are coming from unvaccinated individuals, Arizona Department of Health Services Director Cara Christ said in a recent statement.

Posting to her regular blog on azdhs.gov, Christ said that ADHS continues to analyze data to demonstrate the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.

Arizona reported 16,910 total COVID-19 cases during the month of May, with 95% of those (16,139) coming from people who hadn’t been fully vaccinated and 91% (15,305) who were completely unvaccinated.

EFFECTIVENESS

In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at the protection vaccines offer to those 65 and older, a group at high risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19. It reported the effectiveness of the vaccines in preventing COVID-19-associated hospitalization among adults 65 and older at 94% for fully vaccinated individuals and 64% for partially vaccinated individuals, according to a Yavapai County Community Health Services news release Monday, June 21.

“Even though vaccines are highly effective, none can provide 100% protection. Among Arizona’s 16,910 total COVID-19 cases in May, 771 involve fully vaccinated individuals, and 90 of these were hospitalized. Sadly, four of them died,” the YCCHS news release stated.

YAVAPAI COUNTY

Yavapai County reported 22 COVID-19 cases and one death over the weekend, YCCHS reported Monday, June 21.

The county has tested 122,264 residents for COVID-19 with 19,493 positive cases and 521 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Yavapai Regional Medical Center in the Prescott area reported four COVID-19 patients, while Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood reported one.

The Prescott VA currently reports no COVID-19 patients.

STATE UPDATE

Health officials in Arizona on Monday reported 384 new cases of COVID-19, but no additional deaths.

They said the state now has recorded 890,111 known cases of the disease since the pandemic started more than a year ago.

The total of coronavirus-related death remains at 17,843.

Nearly 6.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered with almost 3.5 million Arizonans — 48.8% of the state’s population — having received at least one shot.

State health officials said more than three million residents now are fully vaccinated.

GET VACCINATED

If you are looking to get vaccinated against COVID-19, check out the YCCHS vaccine information page to make an appointment online with a YRMC physician, Spectrum Healthcare, pediatricians, or pharmacies. Call Spectrum Healthcare at 877-634-7333, YCCHS clinics at 928-771-3122, and the Community Health Center of Yavapai at 928-583-1000.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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