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Yuma and La Paz counties seeing high number of COVID cases, so mask up indoors

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Residents of Yuma and La Paz counties should consider wearing face coverings indoors as COVID numbers are rising.

KJZZ’s Arizona Science Desk reports the latest CDC study shows the majority of Arizona counties have high community levels of the virus. Yuma and La Paz are two of eight counties with rising COVID numbers.

This can put a strain on the local healthcare system, including Yuma Regional Medical Center.

The rest of Arizona, including Maricopa County, is at medium levels. There, residents who are at high risk of severe illness from COVID should talk to their healthcare providers regarding precautions.

KJZZ reports the rising numbers highlight the need for residents 5 and older to get the most up-to-date booster, which offers significant protection against more recent Omicron variants.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.