YRMC's CNO gives COVID-19 update for Yuma community
The following interview took place Monday evening, January 4, 2022. Yuma Daily News reporter Andrew Caravella has an open conversation with YRMC's VP for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Deborah Aders about the tough challenges that the hospital is facing currently with COVID. Aders discuses the federal assistance that the hospital has received from the Biden Administration as well as the U.S. Air Force now providing additional assistance. Additionally, the interview explores the morale and concerns of healthcare workers who currently work at YRMC.

Yuma County reported on Tuesday, January 5, 2022 that an additional 181 cases and 2 deaths have occurred since December 26, 2021 due to COVID. That brings the case count up to 45,226 people. In total, the county has had 987 deaths and 188,438 individuals tested. 

The Health District is providing COVID-19 vaccine clinics Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Residents must schedule an appointment.

As of January 5, 2022, The Arizona Department of Health Services dashboard has added 7,749 cases and 61 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

That brings the state's tally to over 1.4 million known infections since the outbreak began in the state over 23 months ago.  The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 complications stands at 24,570.  Hospitalizations remain steady, but officials say capacity is still strained.  Statewide, 29% of Arizona in-patient beds and 36% of intensive care unit beds are being used by someone fighting the respiratory illness. 

In the state, over 9.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. That means that more than 3.3 million Arizonans are now fully vaccinated.