TUCSON (KVOA) – As we look to summer, cases of coronavirus are rising in Pima County.
“I expect the case rate to continue to rise over the next few weeks,” said Pima County Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen.
At this point, Cullen said the positivity rate for tests that come back is between 12 and 16 percent.
As many of our neighbors feel tired of COVID-19, Cullen urged everyone to continue to be vigilant, get boosted and help slow the spread at a news conference Friday.
“We would encourage people to mask themselves inside if they are in social situations with people who are now part of their own household,” Cullen said.
“I understand the mental health challenges, people are tired, they are exhausted COVID-19, but we need to gather the best we can to prevent further spread of this disease,” said the former US surgeon, Dr. Richard Carmona. “The most important message, it’s not over yet. It looks better, but it’s not time to be complacent.”
This increase in COVID cases comes as the county sees a normally long flu season.
“We see the number of flu cases that is usually what we see in February, even though we are in late May,” Cullen said.
Pima County’s chief physician strongly recommended that eligible residents receive a booster shot.
“Boosters are designed to prevent hospitalizations and serious illness,” Cullen said. “They are, of course, designed to prevent COVID, but if you get COVID and you’ve been properly boosted, your risk of getting a significant illness drops dramatically.”
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