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CDC: Most of AZ has high COVID-19 transmission levels; masks recommended

Nine of 15 Arizona counties are currently experiencing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of “high” COVID-19 transmission rates, including Maricopa County.

Other counties with high transmission levels include Coconino, Yavapai, Navajo, Pinal, Mohave, Gila, Apache and La Paz.

In Maricopa County, the CDC says as of late last week, there was a nearly 10% increase in cases from the previous week.

Weekly case data from the Arizona Department of Health Services shows that the state has been recording over 10,000 new cases per week since the middle of May.

Over 62% of Arizonans are fully vaccinated, and 43% of those fully vaccinated have also received a booster shot.

The CDC recommends that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in counties with high transmission rates.

To learn more about what's happening, The Show checked in with Dr. Nick Staab, medical epidemiologist with Maricopa County Public Health. 

Hear Dr. Nick Staab on The Show with Mark Brodie


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Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.