Our COVID-19 Update is here temporarily only to help you to make your OWN decision about traveling - especially to Tombstone. We're providing you with helpful information. Covid-19 updating is something on many people's minds.
Some wonder what's happening in Tombstone, Cochise County and Arizona. We'll give you info on that, and some possibilities related to that. Any New Governor Exec Orders?
We also have this information here - because We Would Like People to Know the Facts. We Would Like This Situation to Improve, & for everyone to stay safe. It's improving now in the U.S. because of effective administration of vaccines.
We would Like People to Have An Understanding of the Science. Ensure Stopping COVID Spread. Or it will Go On & On & On Interminably. Ignoring the facts & the science only contributes to increasing/spreading of variants (mutations), & the continuation of this disease.
The vaccines are needed to get this under control. Get Yours! Then Follow the Instructions - Then lives will begin to get back to normal - finally!
Please, please, consider what we say here. Thank You.
Tombstone Unified School District Office for Covid-19 Diagnostic Testing/Embry Women's Health, 411 N. 9th St., Tombstone, AZ 85638
Drive-Through Covid-19 testing available Saturdays, 10 AM - 4 PM
Appointment is required. Pre-Registration is Required. Call (480) 376-2170
Not limited to existing patients.
No cost, but if insured your insurance document (card) is required
If you have no insurance, then still no cost - you'll be registered for a free government program. No patient will be turned away.
Our Cochise County Covid Tracking:
As of Jan. 12, 2021 in Cochise County, there've been 9,232 total cases. That's 5,126 new cases over the previous 5 weeks. Thus more cases arose in those past 5 wks. than from the start of the pandemic thru Dec. 4, 2020.
February 7, 2021 - 10,602 cases = 1,370 new cases over the past 3 weeks & 5 days.
February 27, 2021 - 11,176 cases = 574 new cases over the past 20 days (1 day <3 weeks).
March 9, 2021 - 11,348 total cases = 172 new cases in the past 10 days
March 19, 2021 - 11,475 total cases = 127 new cases over the past 10 days
April 10, 2021 - 11,728 = 253 new cases over the past 3 weeks/1day; over 68,846 vaccine doses have been administered by the county so far - have you had yours?
May 10, 2021 - 11,971 = 243 new cases over the past month.
40.3% of Cochise County residents are now vaccinated
Every month we're tracking the local Tombstone area statistics, where an outbreak of COVID-19 has begun:
On July 6, 2020 Tombstone had confirmed first COVID-19 case/s. Because of privacy issues, the Arizona Health Dept. doesn't state exact numbers when under 5. So it's documented as between 1 and 5 cases.
Aug. 3, 2020 Tombstone has confirmed between 1 and 10 COVID-19 case/s. Again because of privacy issues, they won't specify exact number until >10.
September 4, 2020 Tombstone confirmation of 11 cases of Covid-19.
Oct. 4, 2020 Tombstone still has 11 confirmed cases of Covid-19 - which means no new cases over the past month.
Nov. 6, 2020 Tombstone has 13 confirmed Covid-19 cases, meaning 2 new cases in town.
Dec. 4, 2020 Tombstone's confirmed cases of Covid-19 number 20, meaning 7 new cases over the past month. There has been at least 1 death among these totals. It appears an outbreak is beginning in town.
On Jan. 6, 2021 the mayor cancelled the local town council meeting due to the "overwhelming cases of COVID-19 in Tombstone..." Jan. 12, 2021 confirmation of 67 total cases in Tombstone - meaning 47 new cases over the past 5 weeks. Jan. 15, 2021 Tombstone's City Hall & Public Works was closed to the public due to "high volume of reported COVID-19 cases in Tombstone."
Feb. 7, 2021 Tombstone's total update of confirmed COVID-19 cases are 98. That makes 31 new cases in the past month. Remember this doesn't account for those who don't get tested: the asymptomatic, those ill but don't want to get tested, etc.
Feb. 27, 2021 Tombstone's total confirmed COVID-19 cases are 111. That means 13 new confirmed cases via testing over the past 20 days.
March 9, 2021 Tombstone's total confirmed COVID-19 cases are 116. That means 5 new cases in the past 10 days.
March 19, 2021 Tombstone's total confirmed COVID-19 cases are 118. Thus 2 new cases in the past 10 days.
TOMBSTONE MODERNA VACCINE EVENT - Was held at Tombstone High School on March 20, 2021. Only for Tombstone residents or employees; or for residents of these zip codes: 85638, 85630, 85617, or 85610.
April 10, 2021 - Tombstone's total confirmed Covid-19 cases are 119. Thus just 1 new case in the past 3 weeks/1 day.
May 10, 2021 - Tombstone's confirmed Covid-19 cases total 119. Meaning No New Cases in the town residents, for those symptomatic/tested. Does not account for any asymptomatic.
Most events are now able to go forward - not quite all back to normal yet, however. For Events Rescheduling (continuously being rechecked & reworked) - Plus any updates on Events you can check either of two areas:
In Case the Rest Rooms in Town Haven't Been Recently Cleaned
Arizona Governor's Latest
The Governor has decided to really begin opening up the state in all aspects. Despite the fact that this Pandemic isn't over, deaths & new outbreaks still occur, variants are being transmitted, and not everyone is vaccinated, others refuse to get vaccinated (!!) which isn't helpful. In fact the unvaccinated are those who contribute to the creation of mutations - the variants.
Not to be alarmist (but maybe!) - that is exactly a real problem. Because that's a method for creation of viruses that can overcome vaccines, or that science cannot get a vaccine for. A dangerous situation for an even more deadly pandemic to arise.
We'll just keep a link to his site, so you can see for yourself his latest proclamations, instead of continually trying to explain him here.
However businesses still have their own responsibility/option to require safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and these new variants (mutations). For us - we'll support those business who enforce current CDC safety guidelines, and common sense for us - since we have our vaccinations on board.
We worked in the Medical Field, as licensed professionals (Respiratory Care Practitioners - Respiratory Therapists - who manage those ventilators/life support machines) before retiring. For 10 years before retiring, we taught students going into that field. We've researched this pandemic information to stick with the science, and present it objectively. Of course, you'll make your own decision.
It is troubling to hear people say wearing a mask is a "personal choice" because they have Libertarian-like ideas. That's unfortunate, as it shows a lack of understanding of how respiratory virus spreads. Here's how this troubling virus spreads:
COVID-19 spreads in tiny droplets (even microscopic) through the air when people cough, sneeze, even talk or sing. Someone inhales it when they're within about 3 feet apart. The virus can stay floating in the air for up to three hours, even longer some studies show.
If the droplet hits a surface, you touch that surface, then touch your face, it's slightly possible for the virus to migrate internally through you (via mouth, nose, getting into/rubbing your eyes).
You can be exposed in a stealth manner because people may have it, don't yet or ever have symptoms, but ARE contagious. They're asymptomatic. In other words, they're "silent carriers." So they can pass it on to you.
If infected, it commonly takes from 2 to 14 days to become ill - or you may not become ill at all!
How long they can be such a silent carrier still seems undetermined - as are many other things about this virus.
All it takes is for one to have it in this stealth manner to begin to an outbreak - especially in a crowd.
Every age group is getting this virus, even children & teens - young people are dying from it, too, they're not immune. In fact, now as older people get vaccinated, the virus seems to seek younger targets, the more available.
COVID-19 is more contagious than the regular flu, passing on more easily. Now there are mutations (viruses commonly mutate, so this was expected - what other mutations will occur?), strains that are more contagious yet, spreading more easily, not responsive to vaccines.
Reinfection has occurred. It's uncommon - but don't assume that if you had it, you can't get it again. The CDC says "As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we expect to see more cases of reinfection."[www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/duration-isolation.html]
Here's More Detail> on why wearing masks applies to Libertarian Views, if you need that. Same applies to getting the vaccine.
Making YOUR Covid-19 Decision
We're not telling you what to do. However we do advise following CDC Guidelines.
Now we ourselves are finally vaccinated! So we can Ease Up Our Life a bit! Hug our kids & grandkids! Visit with some of our friends in a safe manner. Now we'll feel comfortable going out to outdoor dining. We'll support those restaurants who abide by CDC advisements.
Wear A Mask
The KN95 Mask that is said to be the Best Protection Yet. Remember, you breathe through your mouth and/or your nose - depending on circumstances. So the mask should cover both your nose & mouth. Below is one of the first mask effectiveness studies conducted in the U.S. But now there are many available. It is a proven thing to protect yourself. Facts matter - So see all the studies for Mask Effectiveness.
Mask Effectiveness Study
Studies are showing masks are helping. Let's just see one simple study out of Kansas done near the start of the pandemic.
Their Governor issued a statewide mask mandate starting in July. But individual counties were allowed to opt out. 15 counties followed through with mandated masks, 90 counties opted out. Kansas Dept of Health & Environment Secretary Lee Norman saw that the 90 counties provided a natural Control Group. So he began following the stats. The counties with a mask mandate have 66% of the state's population, with the largest cities. Also note those 90 counties have the more rural populations, only 33% of the state. The difference set in after about a 12-day lag, also demonstrating Covid's infection timing. See for yourself the effectiveness of mask wearing:
"Snake Oil" Treatments Were Around in Historic Tombstone, Too!
From the Tombstone Epitaph - Sunday, May 20, 1906 - Front Page
Don't take it upon yourself to search the internet for unproven "treatments." Not a good idea, and most likely dangerous. Undocumented information spreads the internet.
If it's true - then validate and prove your sources! Critical thinking calls for researching at least three authentic sources that back up the information. If you're looking at it - then look for documentation! Don't believe just anything you're reading on the internet. Use critical thinking - authentically research it.
Our careers were as Respiratory Therapists - Licensed Health Care Practitioners - and we've observed over the years how disease can spread, and its aftermath. While working, we've seen some weird ailments that were never able to be diagnosed!
I taught microbiology for about ten years. I studied this subject. I had students go through a scenario on how a disease such as this can spread in a multiplying way: 2 to 4 to 8 to 16 to 32 to 64 to 128, etc. That's an example of 1 person spreading it to 1 other. They're finding one COVID-19 infected person (before getting sick) is exposing about 2 or 3 others. So that spread is more like 1 to 3 to 9 to 27 to 81 to 243 to 729, etc. (Lately it seems it's sometimes even spreading from 1 up to 4 or 6 or more!) Now there are variations spreading even easier.
Libertarians - Masks a Personal Choice?
Now, we're not Libertarians, though we agree with some of those principles. But consider these points quoted from someone who was a physician, and left that field to become an entrepreneur. He holds Libertarian principles:
The position overall seems to be "I'm an American so I'm free to choose." & "I would rather die from coronavirus than live the rest of my life in fear and wearing a damn mask." Fair enough. As a libertarian, I get that. The problem is, though, is that it's not ONLY about him... or you... or me. During a pandemic it's about ALL of us.
Let's start with the only 3 hard facts that matter in this debate....they are also common sense.
Many people with COVID-19 don't know they have it. If they do they can pass it on to others
If you wear a mask, the physical barrier reduces your chances of passing the virus to someone else. It stops your "spray."
If you have it there is no perfect way to isolate you from passing it on to someone else, especially when you come home.
It's worth mentioning, too...
You are also less likely to get COVID-19 if you wear a mask. The tighter the fit and the better the barrier, the better YOUR protection against the outside.
The higher percent of people who wear a mask in crowded situations, the benefit goes up.... it stands to reason.
But lets... focus on libertarianism and fundamental freedoms. The basic tenet of libertarianism is... "I am free to do what I want to do, as long as I don't impinge on the next person's right to do the same." The 2nd part is important, otherwise you have anarchy. So...
We can drink alcohol, but we can't drive drunk. That's because you MIGHT kill other people, not just yourself. If it was just you, so be it. But it's not.
We all have freedom of speech. But we can't falsely cry "FIRE" in a crowded theater. THAT endangers others.
Americans have the right to bear arms, but not kill others by firing them (except in cases such as self defense).
Wearing a mask during a pandemic is all about exercising one's freedom "responsibly." The science on this is clear. Wear a mask to cut down the rate of viral spread. It's also simple common sense. THIS VIRUS KILLS. So if you cut down the rate of spread, you'll cut down deaths.... ICUs will not be overwhelmed.
BOTTOM LINE? NOT wearing a mask is indeed exercising some sort of freedom. But you do so IRresponsibly. It's up to us to self-manage and work TOGETHER. Surely we can start to benefit from what we've learned and finally get it right? If we do we can wrestle the virus under control within a month. If not, the deaths will soar. The economy will absolutely tank, far beyond what we imagine. The old will be dead. The young will be poor, millions desperately so. Wear a mask - for ALL our sakes.
- quoted from Ken Evoy of SBI
Washing your hands is also very important! This was something we in healthcare education (and in the work-force) always emphasized. You've heard: 20 seconds. Sing Happy Birthday, or Row Your Boat (whatever one you want/know) TWICE.
Want to know why a little plain ole soap & water wash is effective? Watch:
*Please be advised, we do have health care degrees. But still, we are retired. We give all these suggestions to use at your own risk. We provide these suggestions, but still give caution to take them with a grain of salt, so to speak. And our overall suggestion is to Stay Home as much as possible, wear a mask, maintain social distancing, avoid crowds, and follow CDC guidelines - as they are updated.