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Health expert urges exploring data to determine increase in breakthrough COVID-19 cases

More than 50,000 Arizonans have contracted COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, and officials are saying data should be used to figure out why.

Will Humble is the executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association. He says it would be worth exploring data that could detect problems in the transport of vaccines or with the type of vaccine being administered at specific vaccine sites. 

“What is the breakthrough case rate depending on the vaccine that you got and likewise, were there any of the vaccine sites that seem to be producing more breakthrough cases than others?” said Humble. 

Humble says there may not be the direct causes, but data could potentially help researchers get closer to finding out why breakthrough cases are increasing.  

Reyna Preciado started her internship with KJZZ in August 2021. She is a senior at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, focusing on community-related stories.She previously had been pursuing a major in biochemistry, but switched directions after becoming a server. During her time serving, she found that so many people had stories to share and so many voices deserved to be heard.She loved to write in her AP English classes in high school, so she made the decision to use her writing and communication skills to major in broadcast journalism. It was always a dream of hers to become a news anchor after being cast as an anchor in a fourth-grade newscast. It was silly, but it stuck with her, and she was eager to follow her dream when she was finally inspired to change directions. Now, she continues being inspired by the many voices within her community that have been waiting for an opportunity to be able to address what's important to them.When she is not working on a story, she likes to cook, sing and hang out with her crazy toddler.