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Grand Canyon reports 195 COVID-19 cases, vaccines and testing available

Heather Plytas and Ray D’Albini of Tusayan Fire District help with COVID-19 testing at the parking lot in the Imax Theater Oct. 22. (Photo/Tusayan Fire District)

Heather Plytas and Ray D’Albini of Tusayan Fire District help with COVID-19 testing at the parking lot in the Imax Theater Oct. 22. (Photo/Tusayan Fire District)

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Grand Canyon National Park remains open year round for visitors, but those planning to visit during the spring months should plan for unexpected changes in the weather along with some seasonal closures, and adjustments for COVID-19.

As of March 29, there are 195 confirmed COVID-19 cases in zip code 86023 (Grand Canyon and Tusayan). There are 44 confirmed cases inside the park, with 43 recovered cases.

There are 16,879 confirmed cases in Coconino County and 302 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

In Arizona, there are 840,492 confirmed cases and 16,918 deaths. More than 28 percen of the population has been vaccinated in Arizona.

In the U.S., there have been 30,085,827 cases reported since Jan. 21 and 564,704 deaths.

Testing

COVID-19 testing is available by appointment at North Country Health Care at Grand Canyon and from Coconino County Health and Human Services at Coconino Community College and at the NAU Fieldhouse. Swab and saliva testing are both available — advanced registration is required for saliva based testing.

The Grand Canyon Clinic has hours for COVID testing on Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Those needing a test outside of this hour, will need an order from their health care provider saying a test is warranted.

Vaccine

Coconino County is expanding vaccinations to include Phase 1c individuals and those aged 18 and older effective immediately. There are vaccine appointments available at various locations throughout the county. More information is available from or www.northcountryhealthcare.org or www.coconino.az.gov/covid19.

Information provided by NPS, the CDC and Coconino County

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