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Getting Answers: Questions about coronavirus cases and vaccines

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KVOA- One viewer asked about the number of coronavirus cases News 4 Tucson reports during its newscasts and vaccination priority in Arizona.

One viewer asked: "The 75K # that is reported for Pima County… is that everyone who has had the virus since you started counting or is that number more current to include a subtraction of the people who have recovered? What is the vaccine rollout like compared to other states? Other counties within AZ? Is there any priority to get the vaccine for people who are the only surviving parent?"

When News 4 Tucson reports the number of total coronavirus cases, that is the total number of confirmed cases since January 2020.

As for the vaccine rollout, every state is moving at its own pace. For example, in California the Centers for Disease Control reported Monday more than 782,000 people have received their first dose and the state is still in its first phase (vaccinating healthcare workers and residents of skilled nursing facilities).

In Arizona, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than 151,000 Arizonans have received the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday.

Maricopa County began Prioritized Phase 1B Monday. It joins Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Yuma Counties that are in Proritized 1B or Phase 1B.

Pima County is in Phase 1A and plans to move into the next phase this week.

In regards to this viewer's last question of if there is any priority to surviving parents to get the vaccine, the answer is no.

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Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 5 p.m.

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