Coconino County reports 13 new COVID-19 cases for Grand Canyon area
551 tests administered between Tusayan and Grand Canyon Village with 9 percent positive rate
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — According to Coconino County, there are 60 confirmed cases of COVID-19 between Grand Canyon and Tusayan, as of Oct. 20. This is the total amount of cumulative cases for the area and does not include recoveries.
So far, there have been 551 COVID-19 tests performed between the two areas as of Oct. 16, according to the county data, which amounts to a 9 percent positivity rate.
The recent spike in cases has resulted in 13 new cases between Sept. 8 – Oct. 20, which is likely due to increased visitation to the area since the Labor Day and Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ Day holidays. According to NPS traffic data, 19,368 vehicles entered Grand Canyon National Park during the month of September. Recent data from Oct. 9-13 totaled 15,133 vehicles, which amounts to 78 percent of the total for the entire month of September.
Tusayan Vice Mayor Brady Harris issued a statement of caution at the Tusayan Town Council regular meeting Oct. 14.
“Make sure everyone stays vigilant out there, and does their best to remain socially distanced, and just be in line with the CDC guideline,” he said. “You want to be very, very careful; coworkers and small family gatherings are what seem to be driving the latest numbers. We’ve seen spikes throughout the country. So just remain sure that we remain vigilant, and just stay safe.”
For a complete list of COVID-19 symptoms, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
More information about testing is available at https://www.coconino.az.gov/2294/COVID-19-Information.
Editor's note: These numbers have changed as of Oct. 22, when Coconino County Health and Human Services tested 88 people for COVID-19 in Tusayan. Nasal swab and saliva tests were administered and flu shots were offered during the testing. This was the third round of testing for the Tusayan area.