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COVID-19 Update: 88 new cases, zero deaths reported over weekend, health officials say

(Independent stock photo)

(Independent stock photo)

COTTONWOOD — Yavapai County health officials reported 88 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths over the weekend, according to a news release Monday.

The county has tested 92,621 residents for COVID-19 in the past six months, and there have been 27,445 positive cases and 664 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood reported 19 new COVID-19 patients over the weekend, while Yavapai Regional Medical Center campuses in Prescott and Prescott Valley reported a combined 44 new patients.

The Prescott VA reported three new COVID-19 patients.

“The county is still experiencing high transmission of COVID-19 with a 12.7% positivity rate and 198 cases per 100,000 residents for the week ending Oct. 3,” Yavapai County Community Health Services spokesperson Carol Lewis said in a statement Monday, Oct. 18.

Last week, YCCHS reported 335 new cases and 12 deaths between Monday, Oct. 11, and Friday, Oct. 15.


This chart from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the rate of COVID-19 cases or deaths by vaccination status across the U.S. from April 4 to Sept. 4, 2021. (YCCHS/Courtesy)


Due to scheduled website maintenance, the Arizona Department of Health Services did not report an updated COVID-19 case count either Sunday, Oct. 17, or Monday, Oct. 18. Reports are expected to resume Tuesday.

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National, state and local health officials still continue to push the COVID-19 vaccination as it “reduces the risk of getting the virus and helps protect you from severe illness even if you do get sick.”

“The CDC continues to monitor how well the vaccines are working and so far studies show that the COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of severe illness, among people who are fully vaccinated,” Lewis said. “Since vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing infection, some people who are fully vaccinated will get COVID-19. These are known as breakthrough cases and are expected with all vaccinations.”


After dedicating 16 years to public health service, YCCHS Public Heath Coordinator Terri Farneti has retired, effective Oct. 15.

Farneti was largely the voice of Yavapai County health officials during the pandemic, getting valuable information out to county news organizations and the public on a daily basis.

The Independent thanks Farneti for her service to the community.

Follow Brian M. Bergner Jr. on Twitter and Facebook at @52MediaWorks. Email him at, or call 928-634-2241, ext. 6033.

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