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Daily schools update: COVID-19 outbreaks rise among students in Maricopa County

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Updated Sept. 1, 2021: Dr. Joe K. Gerald, a University of Arizona health care researcher, reported that for the first time in the 19 month long pandemic, the amount of cases for kids 15 and under are on the brink of surpassing the rates of all other age groups.

In Maricopa County, one in every six new COVID-19 cases is in kids younger than than 12, according to county health officials.

The confirmed number of COVID-19 in Maricopa County has risen to 1,016,663 from 1,011,101 yesterday. There have been 4,740 new cases today, according to the Arizona Department of Heath Services .

In Maricopa County, there are 1,016, 663 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 28,465 in Mohave County, 19,869 in Coconino County, 18,586 in Navajo County, 12,449 in Apache County, 23,708 in Yavapai County, 8,246 in Gila County, 732 in Greenlee County, 6,294 in Graham County, 63,233 in Pinal County, 13,148 in Cochise County, 8,500 in Santa Cruz County, 127,751 in Pima County, 39,405 in Yuma County, and 2,693 in La Paz County.

Arizona Dept. of Health Services Interactive Graphic: (Hover over counties and boxes for more info)


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Updated Aug. 31, 2021: Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director for Maricopa County Public Health, says the agency is seeing nearly three times the number of school outbreaks this month than it did during the virus’ peak in February.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 1,011,923 today from 1,011,101 yesterday and 18,786 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 640,037 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 127,294 in Pima County, 63,084 in Pinal County, 39,329 in Yuma County, 28,339 in Mohave County, 23,611 in Yavapai County, 19,845 in Coconino County, 18,538 in Navajo County, 13,111 in Cochise County, 12,408 in Apache County, 8,484 in Santa Cruz County, 8,189 in Gila County, 6,251 in Graham County, 2,682 in La Paz County and 721 in Greenlee County.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 1,011,101 today from 1,007,854 yesterday and 18,787 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 640,002 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 127,245 in Pima County, 62,672 in Pinal County, 38,327 in Yuma County, 28,266 in Mohave County, 23,499 in Yavapai County, 19,814 in Coconino County, 18,518 in Navajo County, 13,098 in Cochise County, 12,398 in Apache County, 8,477 in Santa Cruz County, 8,179 in Gila County, 6,209 in Graham County, 2,679 in La Paz County and 718 in Greenlee County.

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Updated Aug. 25, 2021: Arizona researchers say children 15 years old and younger are projected to have the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the state soon.

This is happening as kids go back to school and those younger than 12 years old are not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.

“For the first time, transmission among those less than15 years (old) is poised to surpass all other age groups,” said Dr. Joe Gerald with the University of Arizona’s Zuckerman College of Public Health in a report released Friday. “In coming weeks, case rates are expected to increase among those 15 – 24 years as universities also re-open.”

“Resumption of in-person instruction in the face of high community transmission, low vaccination rates, prohibition of universal masking, lack of surveillance testing, and minimal physical distancing is leading to frequent school-related outbreaks and has the potential to accelerate community transmission,” Dr. Gerald wrote in the report.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 994,543 today from 991,309 yesterday and 18,648 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 628,808 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 125,901 in Pima County, 61,544 in Pinal County, 38,740 in Yuma County, 27,716 in Mohave County, 22,992 in Yavapai County, 19,608 in Coconino County, 18,216 in Navajo County, 12,922 in Cochise County, 12,249 in Apache County, 8,424 in Santa Cruz County, 8,007 in Gila County, 6,066 in Graham County, 2,658 in La Paz County and 692 in Greenlee County.

The Arizona Dept. of Health Services Interactive Graphic is undergoing scheduled maintenance at 3:20 p.m., so here is a capture of the map from earlier today from ABC 15 Arizona.

It will show up under the subheading below when maintenance is complete.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 991,309 today from 988,714 yesterday and 18,638 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 626,874 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 125,346 in Pima County, 61,292 in Pinal County, 38,708 in Yuma County, 27,620 in Mohave County, 22,890 in Yavapai County, 19,566 in Coconino County, 18,170 in Navajo County, 12,878 in Cochise County, 12,228 in Apache County, 8,414 in Santa Cruz County, 7,951 in Gila County, 6,033 in Graham County, 2,654 in La Paz County and 685 in Greenlee County.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 988,714 today and 18,602 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Earlier coverage:

Aug. 17 to Aug. 23, 2021: FDA approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

Aug. 3 to Aug. 16, 2021: Daily schools update: Arizona school mask mandates receive presidential praise

July 19 to Aug. 2, 2021Daily schools update: Teens struggle with mental health as school starts

June 20 to July 14, 2021Daily schools update: Arizona lawmakers ban mask requirements in schools

June 14 to June 17, 2021Tempe Union’s board approves comprehensive mental health policy

June 1 to June 11, 2021It’s time to get students enrolled in school for fall & ready for in-person classes

May 17 to May 28, 2021A year after George Floyd’s murder, a look at empathy, equity, what’s changed & what hasn’t

May 10 to May 14, 2021Students ready for graduation ceremonies

May 4 to May 6, 2021Amendment to bill would prohibit teachers from discussing controversial policy & social issues not essential to learning objectives

April 28 to May 3, 2021Thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week for all they do for students

April 21 to April 27, 2021: 3 years after Red for Ed there’s much left to do

April 12 to April 20, 2021: How & why teachers discuss trial with students; Schools keep masks after Gov. rescinds mandate

March 29 to April 9, 2021Children, young teens may be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine before next school year

March 15 to March 26Masks are still required in all schools; Video: Dr. Christ’s news conference today

Feb. 24 to March 11, 2021: COVID-19 aid funds will help AZ students, families & schools

Feb. 11 to Feb. 23U.S. Dept of Ed: Students must take standardized tests, but there’s flexiblity on when & how

Feb. 2 to Feb. 9Video: Supt. Hoffman gives State of Special Education address

Jan. 21 to Feb. 1Black History Mural Month Project to highlight pioneers of the Black community launches in Phoenix

Jan. 10 – Jan 20How students engage with Inauguration Day

Dec. 21, 2020 to Jan 8, 2021Teachers help students deal with attacks on Congress, Capitol

Nov. 30 – Dec. 16Watch it now: Dr. Christ asks people to avoid holiday gatherings with people they do not live with

Nov. 18 – 25COVID-19 cases rise before Thanksgiving adding to school and hospital leaders’ concerns

Nov. 16: More schools return to online learning as COVID-19 cases rise

Nov. 2 – 13: $19 M grant would help schools with teacher development, stipends, reading & math curriculum, summer ed resources and more

Oct. 20 to Oct. 30: AZDHS amends COVID-19 school benchmarks

Oct. 7 – Oct. 19What are teachers doing ahead of elections to support students afterwards

Aug. 25 – Sept. 8: Parents voice concern about online class size; school nurses prepare for students

Aug. 12 – Aug. 24: Students, teachers affected by Zoom outage

July 30 – Aug. 11Parent organizes co-op for learners; group rallies for in-person school days after benchmarks release

July 13- July 30: Teachers prepare for digital learning and back to school

June 29 – July 12Video: Gov. says ‘Goal is to get children back to school when it’s safe;’ Schools lay out learning models

June 29: Video: Gov. delays in-person classes to Aug. 17 due to rise in COVID-19

June 15 – June 29: Video: Gov. pauses re-opening of some businesses as COVID-19 cases rise

June 24: Plan provides more funding, flexible instruction as schools re-open

May 26 – June 12: Increase in COVID-19 cases marks a new daily high

May 20 – 25: AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school

May 11 – 19: Arizonans consider workplace safety, what back to school will look like amid COVID-19

April 26 – May 10: Stores re-open, COVID-19 testing blitz resumes on Saturday

April 8 – 25You can get tested now if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

March 12 – April 7, 2020Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of Giving