Yuma County not out of COVID forests

District officials warn of potential danger once COVID restrictions are lifted at borders – News 11 Arlette Yousif reports

YUMA, Arizona (KYMA, KECY) – Yuma County’s COVID numbers remain low and manageable while vaccine availability is abundant. However, our unique location and proximity to the US and Mexico borders give cause for great concern about possible setbacks once the COVID border restrictions are lifted.

Yuma County Public Health Service director Diana Gomez said about 80,000 residents of Yuma are fully vaccinated.

Yuma County’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Tony Reyes said at the BOS meeting on Monday, “We’re not out of the woods yet.” Reyes websites that there are many unknowns when it comes to nearby borders, COVID variants, and the schedule for when normal travel will resume.

Reyes says the county is interested in the opportunity to give COVID vaccines to Mexico officials as our supply is high and there is a risk of waste due to the low community demand and the short shelf life of each COVID vaccine vial. Ultimately, the state has the final say in the allocation of vaccines.

On Monday in the early issue of News 11, Arlette Yousif takes a closer look at where we are now in the pandemic.

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