COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.
Scottsdale case counts continue to decrease. The latest Scottsdale case count is 121.29 cases per 100,000 people (or roughly 315 cases among the city’s population of approximately 260,000). The data, which is reported with a two-week lag, show a decrease of 75.17 cases per 100,000 since the prior period. While we are still in substantial community spread for the 16th straight week, we have declined for five straight weeks and are at the lowest number since Oct. 25 (15 weeks ago).
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.
About 18 percent of county residents have received at least one dose of vaccine. More than 633,000 Maricopa County adult residents have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That is an additional 100,000 people who have received at least one dose of vaccine since last week. Almost 260,000 Maricopa County residents have been fully vaccinated with both doses. View vaccine data.
Who’s eligible next for the vaccine? Maricopa County Public Health is awaiting state guidance to determine exactly who will be eligible in the next phase of vaccination. Here’s who is eligible now:
The county is eager to get vaccines to all residents who want it. As more vaccines becomes available, the county will be able to expand eligibility. Get the latest information.
Johnson and Johnson vaccine status. Maricopa County Public Health is carefully following the federal review of the Johnson and Johnson (Jansenn) vaccine. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee will meet today (Friday, Feb. 26) to consider Emergency Use Authorization. If granted, this would be the first one-dose COVID-19 vaccine available in the United States. There are two COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use in the states: Pfizer and Moderna. Both of these vaccines require two doses for full protection.
Ensuring the vaccines are safe when production and distribution are expedited. Like all vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines must go through a rigorous and multi-step testing and approval process before they can be used. The technology behind the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, for example, had been in development for decades prior to COVID-19, tested with other diseases, and then was applied to this new disease.
Throughout vaccine development and distribution, there are numerous safety measures that include:
The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes and monitors all clinical trials.
To get an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), developers of a vaccine must provide a large amount of data on its safety and effectiveness to meet the rigorous standards set by the FDA.
Independent advisory committees provide oversight and monitor for safety during vaccine development and testing.
Clinical trials for a vaccine continue after EUA is granted until enough data is available to grant full approval.
After a vaccine is authorized for use, there are multiple safety monitoring systems in place to ensure vaccine safety and watch for adverse impacts.
CDC advises getting the vaccine even if you had COVID-19 and recovered. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and because reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, people should be vaccinated regardless of whether you’ve already had the COVID-19 infection.
If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are still in your isolation period, wait until you have recovered to get vaccinated. This is so that you do not expose other people at the vaccination site.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
Scottsdale residents report high satisfaction in community survey. Scottsdale residents selected by random sample recently completed a survey asking their opinion about city services and community characteristics. Results show the city earning high marks in livability, economy, city services and quality of life.
Some notable results (percent rating "excellent" or "good"):
Overall quality of life in Scottsdale: 97 percent
Scottsdale as a place to live: 96 percent
Quality of public libraries: 95 percent
Quality of city parks: 92 percent
Quality of fire services: 96 percent
Quality of garbage collection services: 91 percent
Quality of police services: 85 percent
Scottsdale spring training safety plan limits attendance. The city has approved the COVID-19 safety plan for San Francisco Giants spring training baseball at Scottsdale Stadium. The plan limits ticket sales to less than 10 percent of stadium capacity and includes a host of other COVID-19 safety precautions. Seats will be sold in pods of two to six tickets and all pods will be positioned a minimum of six feet apart. Suites will not be used this season. A maximum of 1,000 stadium seats and 170 tickets to the Charro Lodge will be sold per game. The stadium normally seats 11,730 fans, and the lodge usually seats 661.
Prior to entering the stadium, all staff, vendors, media and fans 13 and older will be required to complete an app-based health screening. Attendees two and older will be required to wear a face covering which covers their nose and mouth at all times other than when actively eating or drinking in their ticketed seat. Half-face shields are not permitted. Stadium staff will be required to wear face coverings at all times. Additional buffers will be set between ticketed seats and player areas.
The first game of the 2021 spring season at Scottsdale Stadium is Sunday, Feb. 28. Read the San Francisco Giants/Scottsdale Stadium COVID-19 safety plan (PDF).
Mustang Library building reopens Monday. Scottsdale's Mustang Library will reopen its doors Monday, March 1. Attendance will be limited inside the library building to allow space for physical distancing, and face coverings are required. The Mustang Library drive-thru remains open. Hours for in-person and drive-thru are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 1-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Scottsdale Arts presents Live and Local “On the Lawn” series. Enjoy a variety of genres of music under the cool Arizona sky at Scottsdale Civic Center’s Fountain Stage. The series runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, March 12, 19 and 16; and April 2. Modern roots band QVLN kicks off the series. Safety protocols will be in place, and you can purchase physically-distanced pods for groups of four or fewer. Food and beverage pre-orders will be available. View the full concert series lineup.
Join us for Scottsdale Forward, a premier economic development symposium, March 9. This annual program focuses on key issues and events that affect Scottsdale’s economy. Attend virtually from 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday, March 9. AXON Chief Revenue Officer Josh Isner will be the keynote speaker. He is responsible for global growth, customer service, professional services and sales operations. Register here.
Help prevent wildfires be getting rid of invasive plants. Invasive plants can become a major fire fuel source during the hot weather when they dry out. Globe Chamomile is one to be aware of, as it is a fast-moving invasive plant in Arizona. Explore your property and be diligent about pulling it now before yellow ball flowers develop mature seeds and dry out in our summer heat. Plants resemble a carrot plant with dark green leaves and a strong odor. Just one pull will prevent the spread of thousands of seeds. In addition to fire danger, invasive plants upset the sensitive and natural ecological balance of the surrounding area and can also disrupt the habitat for desert wildlife. Learn more.
City employee applause!
Library Adult Services Coordinator Erin Riley was recently recognized by Bloomberg Philanthropies as the Innovator of the Week. She and library staff have worked tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic to adapt to life online amid COVID-19. Creating various services such as curbside pick-up, online library card renewals and registrations, developing a virtual library branch and more have helped the library continue to provide excellent service to patrons.
A resident recently wrote in to thank the city for the upgrades to 105th Street, from Gelding Drive to McDowell Mountain Ranch Road. The street was in poor condition and frequently needed pothole treatments, crack-sealing and other spot maintenance. As part of Scottsdale’s annual pavement maintenance program, the city recently replaced just under one mile of asphalt. High-five to Shayne Lopez, Ed Padron, Ronnie Villanueva, Alan Cummins and Alan Waggerby for their work on this project.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.