The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 70 new COVID cases in Litchfield Park this week, bringing the total number of cases to 4,216.
Last week, just 45 new cases were reported in Litchfield Park area code 85340 between July 16 and July 23, according to ADHS data.
The ZIP code 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.
Cases as of July 23: 4,146
Cases as of July 24: 4,164
Cases as of July 25: 4,176
Cases as of July 26: 4,188
Cases as of July 27: n/a
Cases as of July 28: 4,198
Cases as of July 29: 4,205
Cases as of July 30: 4,216
READ: Last week’s case numbers
Each week, the county updates the number of residents vaccinated, and the percentage of residents vaccinated by ZIP code at maricopa.gov/5671/Public-Vaccine-Data.
In Litchfield Park, about 61.7% of the eligible population have received their first dose and 56.4% have received their second or final dose.
Vaccination rates in Litchfield Park have not increased in the past week.
According ADHS, nearly 4 million vaccine doses had been administered to Maricopa County residents as of July 27.
About 49%, or 2,010,853 doses, was the first dose of a two-series vaccine (Pfizer–BioNTech and Moderna). About 51%, or 1,927,174 doses was the second dose of a two-series vaccine, or a dose of a single-shot vaccine (Janssen). The status of 0.9%, or 34,645 administered doses, was unknown.
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While Arizona COVID-19 death rates have remained just below 2% since late May, the rate of positive tests have increased dramatically in the last month, from 5.28% on July 1 to 11.4% on July 28, according to Mayo Clinic data.
Maricopa County has seen 580,692 total cases since the start of the pandemic, an increase of 7,610 cases since last Friday.
Thirty-eight people have died in that same period, bringing the total to 10,446 countywide COVID-19 fatalities since pandemic began, according to ADHS data.
Percent positivity is at 14%, which county health officials consider “high transmission.” Last Friday, July 23, percent positivity was 12%, and the Friday before, transmission was only 9%.
Data collected by the county between July 18 and July 24 show 159 positive cases per 100,000. Last Friday, July 23, ADHS reported 114 cases per 100,000 and the Friday before, just 77 positive cases per 100,000 were reported.
The Centers for Disease Control updated its mask guidance Tuesday, recommending even fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas with substantial or high transmission rates due to the more contagious Delta variant.
Previous CDC guidance allowed fully vaccinated people to be mask-less in public spaces.
The Arizona Legislature has banned public and charter schools from mandating masks, and Gov. Ducey has signaled he will not reverse course despite updated guidance from the CDC.
The Arizona Department of Health Services director, Dr. Cara Christ announced her resignation on Aug. 27 to join Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Her resignation comes just one day after Christ suggested Arizona schools follow updated CDC guidance on masks. She was appointed as ADHS director by Gov. Ducey in 2015.
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