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.
COVID-19 case trends. While COVID-19 is still circulating widely across Maricopa County, cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to the virus continue to trend downward. The seven-day rolling case per day average as of Feb. 16 was 778. The January average was 4,192. Hospitalizations have dropped from 347 per day in early January to 132 in early February.
That said, we can’t get complacent. It’s going to be months before everyone who wants a vaccine can get it. This means the virus can still spread quickly in our community if we’re not taking precautions. Continue to protect yourself and your loved ones: stay home when you’re sick, mask up and social distance when you go out, and limit your time with people outside your household.
Next steps for vaccine sites. Large points of distribution sites have been critical in getting vaccines to priority groups as quickly and efficiently as possible during the early stages of distributing Phases 1A and 1B priority. While some sites will continue, the county is expanding its efforts to focus on smaller events targeted at specific community needs. See the latest vaccination data. Maricopa County Medical Director for Disease Control Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine gives an update on the county’s vaccination plan in this new video.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is aware of a small number of pets reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.
When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick.
Avoid contact with your pet including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.
If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
Is Maricopa County using all of its vaccination allocation? The most recent data show 88 percent of vaccine doses allocated to Maricopa County vaccine administration sites have been going into people’s arms. There are a few reasons that number is not 100 percent:
Some amount of vaccine is always in-transit from the manufacturer to the state and onto the county administration sites.
Maricopa County tries to keep enough vaccine on hand to honor scheduled appointments for the following week.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
Celebrate Founder’s Day, Friday. 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.
Chaparral Dog Park closed through Thursday. Staff is installing new light poles at the park. The Vista del Camino Park and Horizon Park dog parks remain open.
Teens can get a head start on securing a summer job lifeguarding or swim instructing. Do you know someone at least 15 years old looking for a great summer job? They can become a lifeguard with the city of Scottsdale. Certification classes will be held this spring. Once certified, they can apply to work for the city.
Your irrigation system is your landscape's lifeline. Check your irrigation system regularly for leaks or defects. A well-maintained system will help keep your landscape healthy while using water efficiently. Conduct a mini irrigation audit using Scottsdale Water's handy checklist, watch our how-to videos and use our helpful guides to help you save water and money.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.