Scottsdale Fire Chief will be among the first group in Arizona to get vaccine. Tom Shannon is using his leadership position to urge all other first responders to get the vaccine as soon as possible, saying it's their duty to protect and serve and this can only make their jobs safer for both themselves and those they respond to. Firefighters are sometimes the first contact COVID-19 patients have when they're taken to the hospital, so it puts firefighters at huge risk of exposure on the job. Source: AZFamily
Who gets the vaccine first and why? A Centers for Disease and Prevention panel identified healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents as priority groups to receive initial doses of vaccine. Healthcare workers have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials – firefighters and paramedics are part of this group.
Healthcare personnel are a top priority because of their exposure to the virus and their critical role of keeping emergency services, hospitals, health clinics and other critical health services functioning. Residents and staff of long-term-care facilities are prioritized because of their risks of severe illness from COVID-19 and the congregate settings they live in.
Staying home for the holidays is safest. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year. If you are considering travel, here are questions to ask yourself that can help decide what is best for you and your family:
Are cases high or increasing in your community or your destination? Check CDC’s COVID Data Tracker for the latest number of cases.
Are hospitals in your community or your destination overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19? Check state and local public health department websites.
Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers? Check state and local requirements before you travel.
During the 14 days before your travel, have you or those you are visiting had close contact with people outside your household?
Do your plans include traveling by bus, train or air, which might make staying 6 feet apart difficult?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you should consider making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel.
Holiday gatherings can increase your risk of getting/spreading COVID-19. Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. The safest way to celebrate this year is at home, with members of your household. If you are hosting a gathering, please take as many precautions as you can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Keep gatherings small, wear masks and stay at least 6 feet apart.
Consider hosting your gathering outdoors.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
The city Call Center is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.
IN OTHER NEWS
City employees bring holiday cheer to residents with Holiday Howdy Parade! This first-ever event starts at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Similar to the GAIN Parade in October, there will be five parades weaving through various neighborhoods. Pack a picnic and party with the parade … we encourage residents to physically distance with their neighbors in their driveways or safely along the various parade routes. Learn more about the event and parade routes.
Scottsdale seeks input on Old Town Scottsdale Bicycle Master Plan. Participate in a virtual public meeting to help improve biking into and within Old Town Scottsdale. The plan will evaluate existing infrastructure and conditions for cycling into and within this area and then identify opportunities to improve it. View the project webpage for details and provide feedback by Monday, Jan. 4.
Historian visually paints a picture of Scottsdale's first century of art and artists. Scottsdale's own historian Joan Fudala shares the artistic history of the city and lots of fascinating information about the artists who have made Scottsdale their home over the years. The program includes a look at the Kiva Crafts Court Artisans, the Cattle Track Art Enclave and citywide public art on display throughout Scottsdale. Watch here.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.