During Friday’s COVID-19 Work-Session update to the Board of Supervisors, Cochise Health & Social Services Director Alicia M. Thompson and team presented the most recent analysis of the COVID-19 situation within Cochise County. The update includes data on COVID-19 cases and trends, new booster vaccine approvals by the CDC, and an overview of the schools’ situation within Cochise County.
Data as of October 20, 2021:
- 15,328 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 1,348 new cases since the update on Oct. 8, 2021.
- 872 total hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic, including 22 new hospitalizations since the update on Oct. 8, 2021.
- 335 total deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, including 5 new deaths since the update on Oct. 8, 2021.
- 128,763 vaccines have been administered to County residents, including 408 newly administered vaccines since the update on Oct. 8, 2021.
- 590 school-related cases since the start of the semester on Aug. 4, 2021, including 82 new cases since the update on Oct. 8, 2021.
- 3 COVID-19-related pediatric hospitalizations since the start of the semester, and 8 since the start of the pandemic.
- 42 out of 66 County schools have met the outbreak definition, including 2 new schools since the work session update on Oct. 8, 2021.
Breakthrough cases data as of October 19, 2021:
- 401 total breakthrough cases since February 12, 2021, including 76 new breakthrough cases since the work session update on Oct. 8, 2021. Breakthrough cases are COVID-19 cases within those who are fully vaccinated.
- Before June 26, 2021 (pre-Delta variant), 24 out of 12,211 (0.2%) cases were breakthrough cases.
- On or after June 26, 2021 (post-Delta variant), 377 out of 3,169 (11.9%) cases were breakthrough cases.
- Of the total breakthrough cases in Cochise County, 10 cases have been hospitalized.
Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new information and approvals on booster vaccines. Similar to the Pfizer booster vaccine, the Moderna booster vaccine is now approved for use and administration only after 6 or months have passed since the last vaccine dose was received. The Moderna booster shot is intended only for those who meet the following criteria:
Additionally, the CDC approved the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) booster vaccine for persons who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago. According to the CDC, eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. The CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
The Arizona Department of Health Services recently updated the public COVID-19 tracker to now display additional County data and information. Some of the updates include:
As a reminder to residents, COVID-19 vaccines including booster shots, are widely available within Cochise County. Residents are recommended to contact their primary health care providers or visit a local pharmacy to receive their vaccine booster dose.
To view the meeting and presentation, please visit the Board of Supervisors Agendas & Minutes site. Stay informed on the latest COVID-19 updates by visiting the Cochise County website, Facebook, and Twitter.