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Glendale COVID cases rise as Maricopa County reports 1st Omicron variant

City shows 11.3% jump in 5 weeks; 2 DVUSD campuses each show 16 active cases

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In the midst of the holiday season, active COVID cases within Glendale’s nine most populous ZIP codes are up 11.3% over the past five and a half weeks.

That’s according to data released Monday, Dec. 13, by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The biggest jump seen since the Glendale Independent tracked the numbers on Nov. 2 comes in the 85304 ZIP, which jumped up 13.8% since that first week of November. Also Monday, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health has identified the county’s first COVID-19 cases involving the Omicron variant in six individuals.

Three separate clusters of the Omicron variant cases were identified and include adults ranging in age from late teens to their 60s with no prior international travel history. To date, no serious illness has been reported and no one has been hospitalized. All remain at home in isolation while recovering.

While health officials are still completing case investigations, the majority of cases were fully vaccinated.

“With these six cases confirmed and with no travel history, it’s clear that the Omicron variant is here in our community and spreading,” Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, Medical Director for Disease Control, shared in a news release. “We know that COVID-19 vaccines have remained highly effective at preventing serious illness and death, even when new strains develop. That’s why it’s critical that all eligible residents get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible and take other precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.”

Nearly 9.4 million vaccines have been administered throughout Arizona, which shows 63.7% of statewide residents vaccinated and is up 4% since the first week of November. Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2,391 new cases on Monday.

Data from Dec. 12 show 31% of statewide in-patient hospital beds are in use by COVID patients, while 69% of emergency department beds in use by Arizona hospitals are due to COVID patients.

Over the past six months in Arizona, the largest number of confirmed COVID cases by settings has been in childcare/daycare/school, and by a wide margin with 897 cases. The next closest number of confirmed cases over that time has come in assisted living locations, with 243.

In the local education community, the Deer Valley Unified School District’s COVID dashboard, which was updated Monday, shows 164 active cases, which represents 0.45% of total students and staff on district campuses. The most active cases of COVID on a campus is 16, featured at both Terramar, 7000 W. Happy Valley Road, in Peoria, and Boulder Creek High School, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, in Anthem.

The current highest percentage of active cases within a district community comes from the transportation department, which shows four active cases out of 211 individuals, or 1.9% of the department. The highest percentage on a campus comes from Park Meadows Elementary, at 20012 N. 35th Ave., Glendale, which shows 10 out of 664, or 1.51%.

The next update to the district’s COVID data dashboard is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 10.

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