COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.
The FDA authorizes COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for people with weakened immune systems. Immunocompromised people in general do not produce an adequate immune response after receiving two doses of a vaccine, U.S. officials say. The agency’s move may shield some of the most vulnerable Americans from the highly contagious Delta variant. The action does not apply to people who are not immunocompromised. Learn more.
Find resources to share with loved ones who have questions about vaccines. Many of us still have questions about COVID-19 vaccines. AZDHS has a new video that addresses subjects such as why you should get vaccinated even if you’ve had COVID-19. Find a vaccine.
New research says vaccination is safe for pregnant women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant women and recommends everyone 12 and older get vaccinated against COVID-19. Learn more.
Families and COVID-19. As more people are getting vaccinated and resuming activities they did pre-pandemic, parents and caregivers are making tough decisions on how to protect their families. Not everyone is able to get vaccinated, so you may be confused about how to keep your family safe, especially if your family has vaccinated and unvaccinated members.
Consider the following when planning outings with your family:
People who are not fully vaccinated and children younger than 12 years who are not able to get a COVID-19 vaccine should continue taking steps to prevent getting sick.
To maximize protection from COVID-19, and in particular, the Delta variant, and prevent possibly spreading it to others, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
White House announces a new ban on evictions. The administration had previously indicated that evictions would resume when the original moratorium expired July 31. But a surge of COVID-19 cases spurred by the more-contagious Delta variant led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to institute a new moratorium. Get details. Find assistance in Scottsdale.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
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The city Call Center is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.
Visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov to access city services online.
IN OTHER NEWS
Protect our pollinators – bees and butterflies. Pollinator protection is a national and Scottsdale priority, and numerous organizations actively engage in the effort.
Bees sustain our native ecosystems. Unfortunately, they’re dying at an alarming rate. Fortunately there are a few easy ways you can help – even as you may be trying to reduce the number of bees around your property. Honeybees need food, water and shelter to survive. Restricting access to suitable nesting sites will encourage them to go elsewhere to live. Moving resources away from buildings will further reduce encounters. If you are hiring someone to help with a bee problem, look for companies that provide humane removal of bees which does not result in the destruction of the swarm or hive. Be forewarned that most commercial bee removal services that you call will kill the hive. While that might solve your short-term problem, it could create a long-term problem for our ecosystem. #BeeTheSolution
Butterflies also are important pollinators, helping to ensure fruits, vegetables and flowers produce new seeds. According to the National Wildlife Federation, the monarch butterfly population has declined by 90 percent over the past 20 years. Learn how to protect bees and butterflies.
ADOT warns of weekend freeway closures that affect drivers in Scottsdale. Westbound Loop 101 will be closed from Pima to Scottsdale roads from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16. The closure includes all westbound ramps. Detour on Pinnacle Peak Road or Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Traffic can re-enter eastbound Loop 101 at Scottsdale Road.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is widening and improving Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. To learn more about the project and upcoming traffic restrictions, visit ADOT’s project webpage, where you can also subscribe to project alerts. Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed @ArizonaDOT.
Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.