- Yavapai County has had all three metrics in substantial spread for two weeks straight
- The percent positivity is at 20.7%
- Apache and Navajo Counties are also in substantial status
- Yavapai County is expected to receive both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines
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Seven deaths were reported on November 11.
The School and Workplace Metric Dashboards were updated yesterday for the two weeks ending November 22nd, indicating that COVID-19 in Yavapai County is in Substantial Transmission. Cases per 100,000 are at 423/100k vs. 377/100k the week before, percent positivity is at 20.7% vs. 16.3% the week before, and hospital visits for COVID-like illnesses rose from 12.2% to 13.8%. There are three counties with two weeks straight in substantial status: Apache, Navajo, and Yavapai.
This is the first time Yavapai County has had all three metrics in substantial spread for two weeks straight. Businesses such as bars, theatres, restaurants, and gyms in our county that re-opened during the time we were in moderate spread according to state metrics and filed attestations, may remain open at the same level of operation with no changes. This decision was made by ADHS and the Governor’s Office leadership.
US nears COVID-19 vaccine approval as panel recommends that the FDA authorize Pfizer’s vaccine.
With the vote made, the committee’s recommendation now goes to the FDA, which could authorize the vaccine for emergency use as early as Friday. Once it’s authorized, vials of the vaccine will begin shipping to all 50 states. One last important meeting will take place Sunday, when an advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meets to make a final recommendation on who should get the vaccine first when it is in very short supply. While the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices doesn’t have regulatory power, providers receiving COVID-19 vaccine sign agreements to comply with committee guidelines. If that committee gives its thumbs up, mass vaccination could start Monday. Currently, if Pfizer is shipped this weekend, it will only be allocated primarily to Maricopa and Pima counties Monday – Wednesday. In future shipments, and as early as the following week, Yavapai County may receive both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.