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.
Update on vaccine for those 65-74. Maricopa County is not expanding its current prioritization of Phase 1B eligible groups to include people age 65-74. This will happen once more vaccine becomes available and they are further along in the current 1B prioritization. However, vaccination of people 65-74 is available at state-operated locations (State Farm and Phoenix Municipal Stadium). Appointments are already booked through February. Learn more.
How is the vaccine being allocated and distributed? Arizona Department of Health Services works with county health departments to determine where, within counties, vaccine should go. The state then places orders, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allocates those doses directly to vaccine providers. This amount changes week to week. Maricopa County has not yet received enough doses to vaccinate everyone in Phases 1A and 1B prioritized, though additional shipments arrive regularly. As more vaccine becomes available, you will see more options for vaccination locations and appointments. View county allocations.
How many doses of vaccine has Maricopa County received? Of the 210,000 Pfizer vaccine doses allocated to Maricopa County points of distribution, 156,925 (or 75 percent) had been used by Jan. 22. The county has 29,800 Moderna doses allocated for long-term care facility residents and staff as part of continuing Phase 1A, and also for already scheduled school sites. The remaining Moderna doses are allocated to pharmacies, federally-qualified health centers and other partners. Maricopa County Public Health estimates there are 500,000 individuals in Phases 1A and 1B priority populations. Get more vaccine information.
Grand Canyon University opens today to administer second doses. Maricopa County has partnered with Grand Canyon University (GCU) to provide a vaccination site dedicated specifically to those needing their second vaccine dose. For the time being, the GCU site will be invitation-only to those who received a first dose at county-run distribution sites. Those who received their first dose earlier in the vaccine rollout will receive invitations first. This will help ensure people can get their second dose as close to the recommended timeframe as possible. There are both drive-thru and walk-thru options to serve residents who rely on public transportation. As more vaccine becomes available, the GCU site may expand to serve additional populations.
What should I do if I can’t get an appointment for my second dose in the recommended timeframe? To get the best protection as soon as possible, it’s recommended you get your second dose 21 days after the first dose for Pfizer and 28 days for Moderna. According to ACIP/CDC recommendations, you can get your second dose as late as 42 days after the first dose with no impact on the protective benefit you’ll receive. If you get it later than 42 days, it will likely still be effective, although there has not been enough time to study that yet. The CDC does not recommend starting over with vaccination.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
Scottsdale temporarily closes northern sections of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The city has been made this decision to protect the preserve and its trails in wet and muddy conditions. While snow in the desert makes for beautiful photographs, it can cause significant negative impacts to trails due to the cumulative impact of moisture from snow and rain. Wet and muddy trails are vulnerable to long-term damage from boots, hooves and bike tires. Get specific information on closings.
Join us for a virtual Green Building Education Series program on edible gardens. This free webinar runs from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. You’ll meet master gardeners Joan Baron and Morgan Winburn, and other garden gurus who will share gardening stories, tips and recipes. The class specifically covers edibles, fruit trees, organic soil amendments, how to know when to harvest, and the importance of saving/storing/trading seeds. Participants will also learn about what to plant to bring bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. Gardening is fun, gets you outdoors to enjoy nature and provides a rewarding opportunity to share with others. Register here.
POSA resumes seasonal “Shred It” events. Protect your identity by bringing your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" events. They run from 7-10 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10 and May 8, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box.
Scottsdale community survey available for all residents. The National Community Survey allows residents to rate their overall quality of life and provide specific feedback about municipal services, public safety, customer service and their level of participation in community events and activities. In November and December, the survey went to 1,700 randomly selected Scottsdale households. This random sample will provide results that are representative of the entire community within a known margin of error. The city is now making the online survey available to every resident. Feedback provided through these surveys will help the city and City Council prioritize initiatives, services and programs. Participate here.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.