COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Scottsdale. According to the Maricopa County Schools Dashboard, Scottsdale’s cases per 100,000 residents increased to 123.6 cases per 100,000 residents the week of July 11. This is our second consecutive week of high transmission - defined as more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents. For context, 123.6 cases per 100,000 means that there are about 321 new cases within the population of Scottsdale over a seven-day period. All other major Valley cities saw significant increases in their case rates, as well.
Based on Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard, it appears more people got vaccines in the last week than either of the two previous weeks. The dashboard doesn’t have updated Scottsdale rates yet, but the latest information we have showed 64.2 percent of Scottsdale residents received at least the first dose, while 59.2 percent have been fully vaccinated. Let’s build a community of immunity. Do you or someone you know need a COVID-19 vaccination? Here’s where to go.
CDC urges even those who are vaccinated to wear masks indoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide these key points:
Recommends for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
Suggests that fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
Proposes fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
Advocates universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
ADOT warns of weekend freeway closure that affects Scottsdale. Eastbound Loop 101 Pima Freeway will be closed from Tatum Boulevard to Pima Road from 10 p.m. Friday, July 30, to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2. This includes all eastbound ramps in this segment. Drivers should anticipate heavy traffic on east/west alternates as well as crossroads in Scottsdale. Times listed for weekend restrictions are subject to change. Some work can end ahead of schedule. The Arizona Department of Transportation is widening and improving Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT.
Hula to the Safety Luau, Sunday. Learn practical water safety tips … all while having fun. This event takes place from 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center. It features fun activities for the whole family … and you'll also have the opportunity to perfect your hula dance! Capacity is limited and reservations are encouraged: Recreation.ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search "Water Park"
In-person lunches are back at Granite Reef and Via Linda senior centers. Via Linda offers lunch Monday through Friday and Granite Reef on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Doors open at 11 a.m. at both locations. A $4 donation is suggested. The program will operate at 50 percent capacity, so be sure to call the senior centers to reserve your spot: Granite Reef - 480-312-1700; Via Linda – 480-312-5810.
McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center to temporarily close Aug. 2-4. Lap swim will be unavailable these days so we can complete the final phase of the chemical conversion project. The project brings the city into compliance with federal Homeland Security guidelines by replacing the existing chemical treatment systems with an onsite chlorine generation system. The project will reduce/eliminate the need for bulk chemical storage and handling, reducing the threat to public safety. The project is part of a multi-year Capital Improvement Project. The facility’s fitness center will remain open. Get the aquatics schedule.
Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.