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ADHS: 101 new COVID cases in Litchfield Park, a decrease from past weeks

Biden announces sweeping vaccine mandate

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The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 101 new weekly COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park between Sept. 3 and Sept. 10., a 20% decrease over the past two weeks. 

Last week, ADHS reported 122 new COVID cases in Litchfield Park, and 123 new cases the week prior. A total of 4,908 cases have been reported in the city since the start of the pandemic.

The data includes the city of Litchfield Park and unincorporated Maricopa County. The state does not separate cases by incorporated and unincorporated areas.Over 90% of cases were mapped to the address of the patient's residence.

READ: Last week’s case numbers

Vaccinations

Each week, the county updates the number of residents vaccinated, and the percentage of residents vaccinated by ZIP code at  https://www.maricopa.gov/5671/Public-Vaccine-Data.

Each week, the county updates the number of residents vaccinated, and the percentage of residents vaccinated by ZIP code at https://www.maricopa.gov/5671/Public-Vaccine-Data.

In Litchfield Park, about 66.4% of the eligible population have received their first dose and 60.1% have received their second or final dose.

Vaccination rates increased slightly this week in Litchfield Park. 

According to ADHS, 4,346,092 vaccine doses had been administered to Maricopa County residents as of Sept. 7. 

About 50%, or 2,182,903 doses, was the first dose of a two-series vaccine (Pfizer–BioNTech and Moderna). About 48%, or 2,076,832 doses, was the second dose of a two-series vaccine, or a dose of a single-shot vaccine (Janssen). The status of 1%, or 43,010 administered doses, was unknown. 1%, or 38,335 doses, were a booster shot for an immunocompromised individual.

While demand for the vaccine has steadily dropped since its peak in April, more people in Maricopa County have received at least one vaccine dose than people who have not received any doses, according to county officials.

For county vaccine updates or to find an appointment, click here.

Biden announced sweeping vaccine mandate 

The Biden administration announced Thursday a vaccine mandate which would require an estimated 100 million people to provide proof of vaccination, including private-sector workers, health care workers and federal contractors.

Private-sector businesses with more than 100 employees are included in the mandate, although private-sector workers have the option to submit a weekly COVID test in lieu of vaccination. Federal contractors do not have that option, per the mandate.

Click here to read the full proposal.

READ: Arizona AG says Tucson employee vaccine mandate is illegal

Gov. Dog Ducey, who is vaccinated against COVID-19, attacked the Biden administration’s sweeping vaccine requirements calling the policy “a war on our Constitution” and said that his office will “pursue every legal and administrative option” to defeat the measure.

Click here to read his full statement. 

State and county-wide COVID case numbers

Death rates in the state have fallen slightly from 2% in late May to 1.84% Sept. 8. Positive test rates were around 5% in early June, peaked at 12.8% in early Aug. and decreased to 10.6% on Sept.8, according to Mayo Clinic data.

The majority of COVID cases and fatalities occur in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county. Maricopa County has seen 659,474 total cases and 10,880 dead since Jan. 2020. The county saw nearly 11,000 new cases and 93 deaths this week. 

Percent positivity is currently at 12%, which county health officials consider “high transmission.” Percent positivity is 1% higher this week compared to last week. 

Madeline Ackley can be reached at mackley@iniusa.org or found on Twitter @Mkayackley.

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