CRIT has special compensation for essential employees who remained in 2020-21 | News

The week before Christmas, 40 new cases of the coronavirus were recorded in La Paz County, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. This is a drop from 54 new cases the previous week. As of December 24, there had been 3,595 cases in the county, with 106 deaths linked to the coronavirus.

It happened the same week that the Colorado River Indian Tribes announced a special compensation package for core tribal workers who remained on the job in 2020 and 2021. The nation also saw the number of new cases for the week surpass 1. million.

CRIT last released information on the virus on December 13. At that time, 1,136 tribal members had tested positive out of 4,500 members, or nearly one in four. There have been 20 coronavirus-related deaths among tribal members. For the United States as a whole, better than one in seven Americans have or had the virus. Like many indigenous peoples in this country, CRIT had a higher rate of its members testing positive than the general population of the United States.

Tribes continue to observe their “Safer at Home” resolution, which limits the size of public gatherings and imposes face masks in public spaces on tribal lands. The tribal council also approved a resolution creating a bonus policy for core tribal workers who remained in 2020 and 2021.

Funding for this program comes from the American Rescue Plan Act. It covers medical staff and first responders who have often had to come into contact with infected people, as well as employees who have remained at their posts to ensure government and tribal services continue to operate. Payments will vary from $ 500 to $ 7,000 depending on the level of risk involved.

“Without the CRIT employees willing to risk their lives, essential services would have disappeared and essential services would have collapsed, resulting in further loss of life,” Tribe President Amelia Flores said in a prepared statement. “These dedicated men and women deserve our thanks. “

Concerns persist over the new Omicron variant of the virus, which was discovered in South Africa in November. The airline industry has suffered as many of their pilots and crews fell ill from the Omicron variant. Some 600 flights in the United States and 2,300 flights around the world were canceled just before the Christmas holidays because the airlines had so many sick employees. Other flights were delayed as airlines rushed to find crews for them. Many travelers found themselves stranded because their flights were canceled.

In Arizona, the ADHS said there were 17,152 20,103 new cases of the coronavirus for the week between December 18 and 24. The state total was 1,351,213 on December 24. The state has recorded 23,913 coronavirus-related deaths.

The ADHS reports that more than 9.68 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered statewide.

The Worldometers reported that Arizona had 92,222 active cases as of December 24. The number of Arizonans who have recovered has reached 1,235,078. The recovery rate for successful and closed cases is 98%.

Nationally, Worldometers was reporting 52,986,307 million cases as of December 24, or nearly 1.3 million new cases since December 18. This is an increase of almost 400,000 from the previous week. Almost one in five cases worldwide has occurred in the United States. Better than one in seven Americans have or have had the virus.

As a nation, 837,671 coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded as of December 24. At the same time, nearly 41 million Americans have recovered, the total reaching 40,994,250. The survival rate is 98 percent. Worldometers reports that there are 11.15 million active cases in the United States on December 24, an increase of 800,000 from December 18.

California leads the country with the most cases with 5,150,510 as of December 24. Texas is second at 4,478,203, Florida is third at 3,911,566 and New York, in fourth place, topped 3 million at 3,220,099.

California and Texas have both exceeded 75,000 deaths. California has 75,343 dead while Texas has 75,714 dead. Florida had 62,347. New York is fourth with 59,457.

According to Worldometers, the number of cases worldwide reached 279,348,091 as of December 24. There are currently 24.28 million active cases worldwide, of which 99.6% are considered mild. There have been 5,409,084 deaths and 249.6 million have recovered. The global recovery rate is 98 percent.

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