Number of active COVID cases drops in every community in San Juan County

Active cases of COVID-19 continue to fall, with just 12 active cases reported in San Juan County on March 30.

Throughout the pandemic, the county has provided specific case numbers for each community. However, the county does not report community totals if the area has five or less cases to protect the confidentiality of those with COVID.

As of March 30, no community in the county has more than five active cases.

The drop in cases comes as vaccination rates continue to rise. Starting on March 24, the state announced all Utahns 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

The vaccine is now available to receive by appointment at local health care clinics and the Main Street Drug pharmacy in Monticello.

This includes the two-shot Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, as well as the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. They are now available to all adults, plus 16- and 17-year-olds with parental permission.

Nearly 50-percent of San Juan County residents have already been partially vaccinated, due in part to governmental prioritization of vaccine distribution to the tribal communities that have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic.

The prioritization meant large allotments of vaccines were given to Utah Navajo Health System (UNHS). After making the vaccine available to Diné and Ute Mountain Ute residents, UNHS shared their additional allotments with non-Indigenous residents of the county.

UNHS and other health care partners put the vaccines to work, holding more than 40 drive-thru vaccination clinics throughout San Juan County since vaccination began in December.

In total, 4,449 people have been fully vaccinated in San Juan County, an increase of 72 since last week. An additional 3,113 have received the first of the two-shot vaccine, an increase of 134 from last week.

More than 12,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 2,300 administered by San Juan County and 9,600 doses administered by UNHS.

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