Our COVID-19 Update is here temporarily to help you to make decisions, 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.
We have this information here because We Would Like People to Know Facts. We Would Like everyone to stay safe. It was improving in the U.S. with effective administration of vaccines. But now again, with the Delta Variant - much, much more transmissible - those who aren't vaccinated are those that are overwhelmingly getting infected, causing again an uptick in this Pandemic. More than 92% of new reported Arizona COVID-19 cases are from those who either hadn't been vaccinated or hadn't completed their vaccination process, per ADHS. Also keep in mind studies show that those recovered from COVID, who are unvaccinated, they're "associated with higher likelihood of being reinfected." [ref: cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7032e1.htm]
Congrats to the people of Tombstone who are gathering an excellent vaccination rate - contributing to the clamping down on spread in their town! (See the stats below)
We would Like People to Have An Understanding of the Science. Ensure Stopping COVID Spread. Ignoring facts & science only contributes to increasing/spreading of variants (mutations), & the continuation of this disease.
Have you heard how Polio was dreaded, but became nearly a thing of the past in the U.S.? Did you know smallpox was deadly - & now it's eliminated; how? Both because of massive vaccine administration campaigns.
Vaccines are needed for safe control/management. Get Yours! Then lives can get back to normalcy! We all want things to get back to normal, don't we? Remember those days??
Please, please, consider what we say here. Our working lives were in health care. Our degrees are in this subject. We also taught this subject matter. So we're not just talking off the top of our head! 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:
September 7, 2021 - 13,370 = 1039 new cases the past six weeks.
July 27, 2021 - 12,331 = 110 new cases in the past three weeks.
49.1% of Cochise County residents are vaccinated
July 6, 2021 - 12,221 = 20 new cases this last one week.
46.7% of Cochise County residents are now vaccinated
June 29, 2021 - 12,201 = 230 new cases over the past 7 weeks.
43.6% of Cochise County residents are now vaccinated
May 10, 2021 - 11,971 = 243 new cases over the past month.
40.3% of Cochise County residents are now vaccinated
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?
March 19, 2021 - 11,475 total cases = 127 new cases over the past 10 days
March 9, 2021 - 11,348 total cases = 172 new cases in the past 10 days
February 27, 2021 - 11,176 cases = 574 new cases over the past 20 days (1 day <3 weeks).
February 7, 2021 - 10,602 cases = 1,370 new cases over the past 3 weeks & 5 days.
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.
Over 77% Delta Variant in Arizona in July 2021
Infections are Again Trending Upward in Arizona - as a result of the Delta Variant, much more infectious.
As Dr. R. Sunenshine of Maricopa County Department of Public Health stated: "vaccine is highly effective against the Delta variant, but you have to get the full vaccine series to get the maximum protection."
Area Vaccine % Tracking
COCHISE COUNTY VACCINATED:
September 7, 2021 - 53.1%
CITY OF TOMBSTONE VACCINATED
September 7, 2021
Ages 18-64 = 61.32%
Ages 65+ = 85.89%
We've been tracking the local Tombstone area statistics, where an outbreak of COVID-19 had begun back in mid-summer 2020:
September 7, 2021 - Tombstone's total confirmed Covid-19 cases are currently 132, equaling four new cases in town
July 27, 2021 - Tombstone's total confirmed Covid-19 cases are currently 128, meaning seven new cases in the town's symptomatic/tested residents over the past 3 weeks.
July 6, 2021 - Tombstone's total confirmed Covid-19 cases are currently 121. Two new cases for the town's symptomatic/tested residents over the past 8 weeks.
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.
April 10, 2021 - Tombstone's total confirmed Covid-19 cases are 119. Thus just 1 new case in the past 3 weeks/1 day.
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.
March 19, 2021 Tombstone's total confirmed COVID-19 cases are 118. Thus 2 new cases in the past 10 days.
March 9, 2021 Tombstone's total confirmed COVID-19 cases are 116. That means 5 new cases in the past 10 days.
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.
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.
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."
On Jan. 6, 2021 the mayor cancelled the local town council meeting due to the "overwhelming cases of COVID-19 in Tombstone..."
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.
Nov. 6, 2020 Tombstone has 13 confirmed Covid-19 cases, meaning 2 new cases in town.
Oct. 4, 2020 Tombstone still has 11 confirmed cases of Covid-19 - which means no new cases over the past month.
September 4, 2020 Tombstone confirmation of 11 cases of Covid-19.
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.
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.
Most events are now going forward. For Events Scheduling - Any updates on Events you can check either of two areas:
In Case the Rest Rooms in Town Haven't Been Recently Cleaned
Tombstone AZ Covid Info & Assistance
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. But that's our personal documentation of why we can present factual information. We have degrees relating specifically to this disease: Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy, & Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences.
It's troubling to hear people say wearing a mask is a "personal choice" because they have Libertarian 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, laugh 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, and the unvaccinated, because they're 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. The more it replicates, the more it's not stopped by a wall of vaccinated people, the more chance of further variants (mutations). What will a next variant have that we can't fight against?? Ask yourself that, if you haven't been vaccinated?
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. It's not a personal choice - it's a responsible decision, for yourself, your family, your community, your country, for the children.
Also consider, if a facility has a requirement for wearing a mask - and you bring your family in with masks, but then start bringing them below your nose, or taking them off altogether - what does that demonstrate to your children?
That following authorized rules isn't necessary.
Then why should they listen to a teacher's rules, or a police officer's rules, or respect any other person who has a legitimate request for them in their lives?
Their boss, a bus driver, a business owner?
Is this a responsible example to set for children?
Making YOUR Covid-19 Decision
We're not telling you what to do. However we do advise following CDC Guidelines.
Now we ourselves are glad to be vaccinated! So we can Ease Up Our Life a bit! Go places, do some traveling again. Safely hug our kids & grandkids! Visit with some friends in a safe manner. Now we'll feel comfortable going to certain restaurants again.
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 bothyour 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.
"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.
There's a lot of misinformation circulating around, even daily. The Latest is some horse-worming medicine: ivermectin. Don't do it! Dangerous stuff, that's even caused people to be hospitalized! See W-H-O Myth-Busting>
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 2 others.
They're finding one COVID-19 infected person (before getting sick) is exposing about 3 or more. So that spread is more like 1 to 3 to 9 to 27 to 81 to 243 to 729, etc. Now there are variations spreading even easier. If you're asymptomatic, think of how many people can become infected by you. Wearing a mask prevents spread, and prevents you from becoming infected! Or if you're asymptomatic & positive - prevents you from infecting others - a responsible action!!
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.