COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.
A half million and counting. Over the weekend, the county surpassed half a million confirmed COVID-19 cases. That’s more than 10 percent of our population, and based on everything we know, represents only a fraction of the total number of people who have contracted the disease.
This tells us that COVID-19 has been and continues to spread widely. It also reminds us that, even with more of us getting vaccinated, it is still important for each of us to take the preventive measures that we know reduce our risk of getting or spreading COVID-19. These include:
Wear a mask and keep six feet of distance when you are around people outside of your household. Remember, outside is safer than inside.
Stay home when you’re sick, and be cautious even if you feel well in case you’re asymptomatic.
Follow quarantine guidelines if you have been exposed to COVID-19.
Wash your hands regularly.
Get a flu shot if you haven’t already.
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.
How many county residents have been vaccinated? Data show 15 percent of Maricopa County residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, with one third of that group now fully vaccinated. According to data released this week, 64.4 percent of Scottsdale’s eligible population have been vaccinated with the first dose, and 23 percent have been fully vaccinated. Scottsdale’s vaccination rate is higher than other large cities in the Valley. Learn more.
Winter weather delaying vaccine shipments to Arizona. You may have read the news about winter weather across the country delaying vaccine shipments to Arizona. Maricopa County Public Health assures that if you have a confirmed appointment at a Maricopa County site this week, there is a vaccine available for you. Get more vaccine supply and distribution data.
Vaccination sites: A growing list. There are now more than 100 sites where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine in Maricopa County. These include large, public vaccination sites such as the county’s point of distribution sites and the state’s stadium sites. They also include smaller events county-run pop-ups in neighborhoods across the region, based on demand. Dozens of pharmacies offer vaccines to adults 65 and older. While there are more locations, Arizona is still dealing with a limited supply of vaccine, which means a limited number of appointments. However, as more vaccine becomes available, having a large number of sites will make it easier and more convenient for people to get vaccinated. Find out when you are eligible to get a vaccine.
How does the immune response differ between the first dose and second? 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, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever. Many people have reported a stronger immune response after the second dose. This is normal. The immune response to COVID-19 vaccines should last just 24-48 hours for most people. Learn more.
Do vaccines work against new COVID-19 variants. For the most part, mutations don’t make the SARS-CoV-2 virus that different from previous strains, which means most vaccines should be somewhat protective against them. Even if a vaccine can’t protect against all cases, the initial immune response should be enough to tame would-be severe ones. And so far, there is limited evidence that any of these variants make COVID-19 infections more severe. Learn more.
Quarantine protocol if you’ve had both vaccine doses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 as long as they don’t have symptoms. This guidance applies for three months after the second dose is administered.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
Scottsdale Water awarded $1.5 million grant to support the city’s long-term water supply sustainability program. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency program awarded the grant, which goes to projects that “result in quantifiable and sustained water savings, increase the production of hydropower or support broader water reliability benefits.” Scottsdale will use the money for construction of its aquifer storage and recovery well field project, which will enable the city to recharge a portion of its Colorado River surface water allocation into aquifers within the city’s service area. Learn more.
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, youth activities, adult programs and more. Health protocols are in place for all programs, and they may include physical distancing, mask requirements and temperature checks. Browse all the offerings. You can register via the city's Activenet page.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Scottsdale Sister Cities. The Scottsdale Sister Cities Association is partnering with the Musical Instrument Museum to celebrate the Chinese New Year along with our sister city – Haikou, China. The Zoom social hour will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, and feature the museum’s Asia Curator Dr. Eddie Hsu. Hsu will discuss Chinese Sizhu instruments and play Sizhu music that is typically performed during Chinese New Year. Get more information and register.
Learn about the chemistry of color. Join us at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, on the library's YouTube channel to experience an explosion of color changing magic through chemical reactions. Use everyday household items to conduct your own experiments!
Kids can enjoy a brand-new class - “Cars, Trucks and Things that Go Vroom!” This class comes on the heels of a the popular class, “Trash Truck Trip,” which provides children ages 2-5 a behind the scenes tour of the city’s solid waste transfer station. This new program will help kids learn about other city vehicles including fire trucks, police cars, street sweepers and more. Spring class registration starts at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, for residents and Tuesday, Feb. 23, for nonresidents. Learn more.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park installs street crossing system. A new HAWK (High intensity Activated Cross Walk) has been installed at the main entrance of the park. During year-round special events and peak seasons, such as spring training, the park sees an abundance of foot traffic. The HAWK will help with traffic flow and provide a safer pedestrian crossing.
Census update. For those wondering when Census 2020 data will be available, the Census Bureau has released an updated timeline that includes releasing data by Sept. 30. This data will include housing unit and population for census blocks, block groups, tracts, cities/towns, census designated places and Native nations. Read more.
A look back in time. What a difference a couple years make. Our temperature Monday, Feb. 22, will reach nearly 80 degrees. It’s a far cry from what we saw in 2019. Take a look!
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.