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ADHS: 340 weekly COVID cases in Goodyear, increase from last week

Biden announces sweeping vaccine mandate

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The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 340 new COVID-19 cases in the city of Goodyear this week, bringing the total number of cases to 14,376 since the start of the pandemic. 

Last week, 308 new cases were reported in Goodyear between Sept. Aug. 27 and Sept. 3.

Daily Goodyear case numbers are calculated by adding together the ADHS reported case numbers in ZIP codes 85338 and 85395.  

More than 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.

In Goodyear ZIP code 85395, about 68.8% of the eligible population have received their first dose and 62.5% have received their second or final dose.

In Goodyear ZIP code 85338, about 65% of the eligible population have received their first dose and 58.1% have received their second or final dose.

Vaccination rates increased slightly this week in both Goodyear ZIP codes. 

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 that 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 would be 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 August 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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