Arizona leads world in COVID circumstances per capita, Yuma County particularly onerous hit – Northeast Valley Information
Arizona is in the national spotlight as the state once again leads the world with the highest 7-day average of COVID-19 infections per capita.
By Friday, the known COVID-19 deaths reached loudly Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the Republic of ArizonaThere are seven possible reasons Arizona leads the world for the second time during the pandemic.
- Bars, restaurants, and other public areas such as gyms will remain open, and there is no nationwide policy requiring masks in all public spaces. Local jurisdictions have introduced mask mandates in the past, but Governor Doug Ducey left it up to local officials to decide when and where masks are required.
- Minimal enforcement even as COVID-19 cases surged to record highs. An analysis of police records by the Republic of Arizona through early December found no one in Phoenix, Tucson or Flagstaff had been charged for disregarding local or statewide masking mandates. Few companies were named for staying open or for not following reopening guidelines.
- Downplaying the pandemic specifically by elected officials and showing rejection of the severity of the pandemic.
- Arizonans who claim mask mandates restrict “personal freedoms” and enforce compliance with “unconstitutional decrees”. and combine that with pandemic fatigue when individuals want to visit their families or friends because they haven’t seen them in a while.
- Arizona is known as a winter travel destination. COVID-19 cases increased during the holidays. Arizona recommends that visitors quarantine themselves for 14 days – a different approach than other states that have restricted participation and require proof of a negative test.
- The holiday spike, which some Arizona health care providers called the “spike within a spike” – where case numbers rose as the impact of holiday gatherings hit.
- The cross-border movement between Mexico and Arizona is believed to be why Yuma County, where agriculture is the number one industry, has been hit hardest by COVID-19. The trade that moves across the border and the fact that many people in Yuma County have family members in Mexico and may move back and forth has affected the region.
The current challenge, according to the Republic of Arizona, is vaccine supply. Yuma County’s waiting list has more than 100,000 people applying for COVID-19 vaccinations. It should benefit farm workers and food producers in the area to start vaccinating as soon as possible.