CDC: Most of AZ has high COVID-19 transmission levels; masks recommended
Nine of 15 Arizona counties are currently experiencing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of “high” COVID-19 transmission rates, including Maricopa County.
Other counties with high transmission levels include Coconino, Yavapai, Navajo, Pinal, Mohave, Gila, Apache and La Paz.
In Maricopa County, the CDC says as of late last week, there was a nearly 10% increase in cases from the previous week.
Weekly case data from the Arizona Department of Health Services shows that the state has been recording over 10,000 new cases per week since the middle of May.
Over 62% of Arizonans are fully vaccinated, and 43% of those fully vaccinated have also received a booster shot.
The CDC recommends that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in counties with high transmission rates.
To learn more about what's happening, The Show checked in with Dr. Nick Staab, medical epidemiologist with Maricopa County Public Health.
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COVID-19 community levels in U.S. by county