Active COVID-19 cases drop in San Juan County
The number of active cases of the COVID-19 virus continues to drop in San Juan County, even as the number of local residents receiving the vaccine continues to grow.
The number of active cases in the county seems to have peaked at 296 on January 22, 2021.
Since that time, there has been a steady decline, with the current number of active cases currently sitting at 105.
Currently, there are 31 active cases in the Blanding area, a drop from a high of 97 cases on July 28, 2020.
In the Bluff area, there are currently 14 active cases, compared to a high of 26 on January 22, 2021.
The number of active cases in the northern San Juan County, including La Sal and Spanish Valley, currently sits at two. There have never been a high number of cases in these areas.
The Mexican Hat area currently has seven active cases, dropping from a high of 12 on January 26, 2021.
The Montezuma Creek / Aneth area has 19 active cases, compared to a high of 121 on December 15, 2020.
In Monticello, there are currently 13 active cases. The high was 57 cases on November 13, 2020.
The Monument Valley / Navajo Mountain area currently has 19 active cases, compared to a high of 63 cases as recently as January 19, 2021.
At the same time as the number of active cases has dropped, the number of local residents who have received the coronavirus vaccine continues to grow.
As of February 9, 2,574 local residents have received the first part of the two-part vaccine. Of those, 1,235 have also received the second vaccine.
San Juan County continues to have the highest percent of residents who have been vaccinated.
The local vaccination rate is more than twice that of other health districts in the State of Utah.
While the pandemic triggered by the COVID-19 virus continues to have an impact around the world, the general scourge of winter – the flu virus – has been practically non-existent in San Juan County in 2021.
Public health officials report hospitalizations for the flu this season have been incredibly low across the state.
This may be due to the social distancing and mask wearing across the state, in addition to a strong push to get a flu vaccine earlier in the year.
Utah Navajo Health Systems is planning to distribute large number of vaccines in the coming weeks.