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COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Continue To Climb In Neighboring Sonora

The third wave of the coronavirus is in full swing in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, where cases and hospitalizations are once again soaring to peak levels. This week, a second Sonoran municipality moved into what the state considers maximum risk for COVID-19 spread.

Cajeme, home to the state’s second largest city, now joins Guaymas, where beaches were closed last week in the popular tourist town of San Carlos because of the pandemic.

Statewide cases and hospitalizations are now on par with levels last seen during Sonora’s worst months of the second wave in January and February.

So far, deaths remain far below peak levels, but have also risen significantly in recent weeks.

And health experts say the pandemic is now hitting hardest among people under 40, including children, most of whom have not yet been able to get fully vaccinated in Mexico.

Kendal Blust was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.