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Posted on: August 2, 2021

Cochise County Work Session: COVID-19 Update Report

Cochise Health & Social Services Share Recent County Data


BISBEE, Ariz. (August 2, 2021) – During Friday’s Work Session: COVID-19 Update with the Cochise County Board of Supervisors, Cochise Health and Social Services (CHSS) presented a public community update on the current state of COVID-19 within Cochise County. As COVID-19 cases begin to rise throughout the State, CHSS shared information on the County’s most recent data, along with an update on the CDC’s newest COVID-19 guidance.

As of July 30, 2021, County data on COVID-19 cases and transmission details include the following:

  • Cochise County has had a total of 12,359 COVID-19 cases.
  • A total of 755 hospitalizations and 297 deaths due to COVID-19.
  • A total of 34 breakthrough cases have been identified. A breakthrough case refers to when a person gets infected despite being fully vaccinated. 
  • From July 1 to July 30, there have been 157 new COVID-19 cases.
  • Cochise County is identified to be at a moderate transmission level of COVID-19 spreading. 

Due to the emerging increase of the Delta variant virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data that suggests fully vaccinated individuals can get and spread the virus. This week, the CDC released updated guidance for fully vaccinated individuals which recommends using masks when indoors, if you live in a place with "substantial" or "high" coronavirus transmission. The guidance for people who are unvaccinated remains the same, always mask up indoors.

“If we want to reduce the amount of people being hospitalized and deaths caused by COVID-19, we need more people to choose to get vaccinated,” says Cochise Health and Social Services Director Alicia Thompson. “For our own safety, we need to choose to wear our mask indoors in public places.” 

Additional key takeaways from CHSS’s presentation include:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals might choose to wear a mask regardless of transmission levels, or if someone in their household is not fully vaccinated, or if they are at increased risk of severe infection. 
  • The CDC recommends universal masking for all teachers, students, staff, and visitors at schools, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Data shows, those who are fully vaccinated tend to not get as sick as non-vaccinated individuals. So far, no breakthrough cases have resulted in hospitalization or death within Cochise County. 
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is probably the best tool we have to fight the spread. Other tools include masking, testing for COVID-19, and staying home if we experience symptoms or are exposed. 

COVID-19 vaccines continue to be widely available within Cochise County. Please reference www.cochisecovid.com, www.cochise.az.gov, and www.facebook.com/CochiseCountyAZ for information on where to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

You may view the full work session recording on the Board of Supervisors Agendas & Minutes site. The next Work Session: COVID-19 Update is scheduled for Friday, August 13, 2021. 

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