COVID-19

Litchfield Park COVID cases remain steady, 122 reported this week

Booster shot programs to roll out this fall

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The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 122 new COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park this week, bringing the total number of cases in the city to 4,807.

ADHS reported 123 cases in Litchfield Park last week between Aug. 20 and Aug. 27.

The data includes the city of Litchfield Park and unincorporated Maricopa County. The state does not separate cases by incorporated and unincorporated areas.

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 Litchfield Park, about 65.9% of the eligible population have received their first dose and 59.4% have received their second or final dose.

Vaccination rates in Litchfield Park have increased slightly from last week. 

According to ADHS, 4,293,738 vaccine doses had been administered to Maricopa County residents as of Aug. 31.

About 50%, or 2,162,730 doses, was the first dose of a two-series vaccine (Pfizer–BioNTech and Moderna). About 48%, or 2,048,882 doses, was the second dose of a two-series vaccine, or a dose of a single-shot vaccine (Janssen). The status of 1%, or 43,791 administered doses, was unknown. 0.9%, or 38,335 doses, were a booster shot.

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.

Wider booster shot program to roll out in fall

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement regarding a planned roll-out of COVID-19 booster shots starting this fall in order to “maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability,” according to HHS. 

38,335 immunocompromised people in Maricopa County have already received a COVID-19 booster shot.

The CDC recommends certain individuals receive a booster shot, including: 

  • People undergoing active cancer treatment for tumors or blood cancers
  • Organ transplant recipients, and those who have received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years 
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • People with advanced or untreated HIV
  • People who are taking immune-suppressing drugs, such as high-dose corticosteroids

The available data make very clear that protection against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection begins to decrease over time following the initial doses of vaccination,” according to the statement from HHS. “In association with the dominance of the Delta variant, we are starting to see evidence of reduced protection against mild and moderate disease.”

HHS stated “the current protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death could diminish in the months ahead” for people who are high risk for dying of COVID and those who received the vaccine early on. Booster shots “will likely be needed” for those who received the single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). 

Read the full statement here.

State and county-wide numbers

Last week, Arizona surpassed 1 million positive COVID cases, the 13th U.S. state to do so.

Death rates in the state have fallen slightly from 2% in late May to 1.86% Sept. 1. Positive test rates were around 5% in early June, peaked at 12.8% in early Aug. and decreased to 10.5% on Sept.1, according to Mayo Clinic data.

The majority of COVID cases and fatalities occurred in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county. Maricopa County has seen 648,475 total cases and 10,880 dead since Jan. 2020.

Percent positivity is currently at 11%, which county health officials consider “high transmission.” 

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

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