COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.
Don’t half vax it! People who have not been fully vaccinated are most at risk of getting the Delta variant. You need two doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people are at least three times more likely to get sick with symptoms and at least 10 times more likely to be severely ill, be hospitalized or die. Learn more.
If you have not already been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccines are widely available and free in Maricopa County. Find a vaccine.
The Delta variant: What you should know. According to estimates, the Delta variant caused more than 75 percent of recent COVID-19 cases in the United States and will likely cause more. Don’t let Delta and other variants slow our progress in the fight against COVID-19. Watch the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new video, The Delta Variant: What You Should Know, and find out how you can help to slow the spread.
Remember the layers of protection. As the much more contagious Delta variant spreads in Maricopa County, more people are testing positive for the virus. Researchers say that, while it's rare, even vaccinated people can get infected. Maricopa County Public Health recommends using a layered approach to stay safe. The more layers you have, the more protected you'll be:
Lost your vaccine card? Maricopa County Public Health recommends taking a picture of the front and back of your vaccine card for your records. If you need a replacement card, you can request one through the Arizona Immunization Program Office, which is part of the Arizona Department of Health Services. You can fill out their Immunization Record Request Form and file it via email, fax or mail.
Flu or COVID-19? There are few differences between flu and COVID-19 symptoms. Both viral conditions share the following overlapping symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The CDC notes that while a change or loss in taste and/or smell is more commonly associated with COVID-19, it can also happen with other illnesses, like the flu or a sinus infection. If you suspect you have COVID-19, get tested and follow proper protocol if you’re positive.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
Discover better alternatives to sandbags for flood control. Some residents in Scottsdale rely on sandbags to protect their property from storm flooding. The city provides both sand and bags as a courtesy to residents. However, demand is typically high during storms, and the city cannot guarantee availability of complimentary sand and bags to everyone.
Before the next storm event arrives, the city encourages residents to explore the newer alternatives to sandbags – which are often more convenient, effective and easier to get. Flood diversion tubes act much like sandbags to block floodwaters from entering homes. The tubes are easy to place and weigh little until filled with water. Any common garden hose attaches, making the flood diversion barrier simple to fill. Other options include transportable flood fence barriers and water absorbent cushions.
Residents whose properties are subject to seasonal flooding are encouraged to explore these alternatives to sandbags through local hardware stores and online retailers. Learn how to prepare and get safety tips.
Job seekers invited to a Marriott Hotels hiring event at Vista del Camino. This event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 7700 E. Roosevelt St. Positions include: front desk, customer service, security, concierge, housekeeping, maintenance and more. Sign up for an interview at 480-312-0060 or VistaCareerCenter@ScottsdaleAZ.gov. Get your application started at Jobs.Marriott.com. Come to the interview dressed to impress with an updated resume.
Learn about the inner workings of city government. Sign up today for the final in a series of Scottsdale 360 classes. This free virtual learning series highlights the people, policies and programs that shape our community. The final class is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, when Community Services - Human Services, Libraries and Parks and Recreation Leadership will share how their programs demonstrate commitment to those they serve through creating a vibrant, connected and active community.
Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.