COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.
Remember, a healthy Scottsdale starts with you. Stay home when you can, practice physical distancing, cover your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently. Find downloadable graphics for social media and request a poster pack for your business or organization.
HonorHealth partnership helps Scottsdale seniors get COVID-19 vaccine. As part of a long-standing partnership with HonorHealth, the city recently provided dozens of senior citizens with the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Granite Reef Senior Center served as a vaccination site for 63 seniors. Hospital and city staff worked to eliminate the barriers older residents face in getting the vaccine by reaching out to eligible seniors and providing transportation to the site. HonorHealth doctors and staff were on hand to consult with the recipients and administer shots.
Scottsdale Human Services Director Greg Bestgen said many senior center patrons were concerned they wouldn’t be able to get the vaccine due to the complexity of online appointment scheduling and the commute to county vaccination sites. See event photos.
Where we are with vaccine phases. Maricopa County is in Phase 1B of vaccinating. Here’s more information:
As of Monday, vaccines are available to those 65 and older. Read more.
New vaccination data: The county is publishing data on who has been vaccinated in Maricopa County. These data are updated each Wednesday at Maricopa.gov/COVID19vaccinedata.
Second dose appointments for Pfizer: If you need a second dose of Pfizer vaccine and are among eligible groups (healthcare workers, staff of school or childcare facilities, law enforcement, and people age 65 and older), appointments at the Goodyear, Chandler/Gilbert Community College and Grand Canyon University sites may be available. You do not need an invite to access scheduling. If you meet eligibility criteria, once you log into podvaccine.azdhs.gov, you will be able to see available appointment times. Your second dose appointment must be at least 21 days after your first dose of Pfizer vaccine.
Vaccine scheduling for Phase 1A and 1B priority groups: View links on Phase 1A or Phase 1B page.
Vaccine opportunities “pop up.” Maricopa County Public Health is working to bring COVID-19 vaccination opportunities to more neighborhoods through smaller, pop-up events. These events will take place where a lot of people eligible for the vaccine live and would benefit from more convenient options. These events also will expand vaccine access to underserved populations. Appointments are open in the Northeast Valley (sign up here) and the Southwest Valley (sign up here).
Immune response: First dose versus second dose. It is common to experience an immune response after getting any vaccine, and the COVID-19 vaccines are no different. This response can include pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever. Many people have reported a stronger immune response after the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This is normal. Public Health guidance is for people to stay home from work if they are experiencing a fever after getting vaccinated. The immune response to COVID-19 vaccines should last just 24-48 hours for most people.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
Spring into fun with Scottsdale Parks and Recreation programs. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, for residents, and Tuesday, Feb. 23, for non-residents. Spring programs take place throughout April and May. Classes include tennis lessons and leagues, swim lessons, water exercise classes, adult programs and more. Health protocols are in place for all programs, and they may include physical distancing, mask requirements and temperature checks. You can register via the city's Activenet page.
Celebrate Founder’s Day, Feb. 26. This day marks the birthday celebration of U.S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott, Scottsdale's founder, namesake and chief promoter during the town's formative decades. His wife, Helen, also gets credit as co-founder. Commemorate virtually this year at 1 p.m. with a Zoom party. Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble will host the event along with community historian Joan Fudula and storyteller Bruce Wall. The city and the Scottsdale Historical Society present the program with special thanks to the Major Winfield Scott chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for its past support of the in-person celebrations. Register here to get the Zoom link. We will also stream the event on YouTube.
Don’t despair … Parada del Sol delayed until the fall; but you can still watch past events. The library’s Scottsdale Heritage Connection features a digital collection that includes videos of past Parada del Sol Parades and Rodeos, as well as interviews of previous participants and attendees, vintage promotional films and features describing the history of the events. These videos can be viewed online through the Scottsdale Public Library catalog or downloaded to a computer. Learn more about these Scottsdale traditions!
Link to the virtual golf links. Whether or not you’re a golfer, you might enjoy learning about golf and its historic impact on the Scottsdale area since 1910! Here’s the link to Scottsdale Historian Joan Fudula’s latest talk.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.