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Omnicron variant still strong in Cochise County

While the omicron variant is still surging nationwide and causing backups at hospitals in Cochise County, there was some good news reported by Dr. Edward Miller, Copper Queen Community Hospital chief medical officer, on Monday.

This variant is more infectious, but does not seem to carry the respiratory health risks associated with the former variants of COVID–19, said Miller in an email to the Herald/Review.

Are you worried about omicron? Are you taking any extra precautions? Let us know in the comments.

I'm fed up with it, Pascal. Pretty sure I'm not alone there. I work hard to be a socially responsible person; I mask up, socially distance, got my shots, etc. etc. Year 1, ok, we soldiered through. Year 2... weary but still slogging along... We are coming up on year 3.

At first, I found it amusing that while wearing masks, we'd go to such great lengths to communicate with each other. Lotsa body language and pointing to illustrate our thoughts. This has become a template behavior in public, now. What I've also noticed about myself is that I used to smile a lot... with a mask there is no point so I've begun smiling less.

My entire career and field evaporated with COVID. I do work out of the country. Poof, it's long gone with no hope of return. However... the State of AZ has invested in expanding our technologies and how people work, new roles, new career fields entirely. Remote positions have been created, whole new job sectors are forming up. Expanded application of the "Nurse Practitioner," type of position across the legal and other sectors, it's exciting! So, one door closed, another one is squeaking open.

Socially, it's been a solitary couple of years. I had a small circle to start out with. I believe that globally as a species that this pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health as well as our perceptions of the veracity of our leadership and the media (national media...... (More)


COVID Testing in Sierra Vista

COVID Number in Cochise County & Testing

By and large, the percentage of positive cases for Cochise County is low compared to the rest of the state. Why is that, I wonder? By and large, people here are wandering around mask-less like drunken sailors on shore leave. That goes for all age groups.

I have had all three shots (Moderna) and wear a mask in public. On Christmas day, I developed symptoms consistent with COVID. I researched local testing sites (there are four). Of those, NONE of these will test you if you think you have been exposed or are symptomatic. For that, you have to go to Tucson. Testing is free, as promised by the powers that be. However, I’ve got to wonder at both the logic and logistics of this policy.

So… If you are sick, bundle yourself up for the 140 mile round-trip to the nearest testing facility.

I would assume that Canyon Vista will test symptomatic people if you are admitted through the ER. Same with Benson Hospital. However, testing is not offered to the general public at either of these locations.

It is actually a different lab process if you are exposed/symptomatic or not. The test is exactly the same, the analysis is different. The test is even coded differently. But it makes me wonder… so who are these four Sierra Vista testing locations for, exactly? If it’s not for people who “believe they were exposed or are symptomatic,” then who is getting in line... (More)