Are we experiencing a second wave? You’ve probably heard the talk about a possible “second wave” of COVID-19. With the dramatic rise in cases across our state, Maricopa County Health Department’s Medical Director Rebecca Sunenshine addresses the question of whether we are experiencing a second wave right now. Hear what she has to say.
The facts of (COVID-19) life. COVID-19 is a fact of life – that has not changed. In Maricopa County alone, 736 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. Now is not the time to let our guard down. See the latest figures on the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.
There is mounting evidence that wearing a well-fitting cloth mask can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. According to Maricopa County Public Health, there is some evidence that covering your nose and mouth will decrease exposure to the person wearing the mask by about 60 percent, and there is lots of evidence that wearing a mask protects those around the mask-wearer. That’s why the City of Scottsdale requires all employees to wear a mask when serving the public or in situations where they can’t maintain six feet of distance.
Know the difference: asymptomatic versus pre-symptomatic. There has been a lot of conversation about asymptomatic spread of COVID-19. Asymptomatic is generally defined as an infected individual who shows no symptoms of illness. There’s not enough data to know how common this is.
However, we know it is likely that people who are “pre-symptomatic” may be spreading the virus without being aware that they have it. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the incubation period for COVID-19 is two to 14 days, meaning a person can become ill up to two weeks after exposure to an infected person. Current research has shown it takes an average of three to six days after exposure for COVID-19 symptoms to surface. Prior to showing symptoms, those who are infected are considered pre-symptomatic, and are still capable of shedding the virus and spreading it to others.
For this reason, people should limit their exposure to others, maintain six feet of distance in public and wear a cloth mask if distance cannot be maintained.
Considerations for travelers. If you are thinking about traveling away from your local community, ask:
Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going? You can get infected while traveling.
Is COVID-19 spreading in our community? Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling.
Will you or those you are traveling with be within 6 feet of others during or after your trip? Being within 6 feet of others increases your chances of getting infected and infecting others.
Are you or those you are traveling with more likely to get very ill from COVID-19? Older adults and people of any age who have a serious underlying medical condition are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Do you live with someone who is more likely to get very ill from COVID-19? If you get infected while traveling you can spread COVID-19 to loved ones when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.
Does the state or local government where you live or at your destination require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling? Some state and local governments may require people who have recently traveled to stay home for 14 days.
If you get sick with COVID-19, will you have to miss work or school? People with COVID-19 disease need to stay home until they are no longer considered infectious.
U.S. Department of State significantly reduces passport operations; city passport processing affected. Although issuing passports is a state department function, the city has historically processed passport applications as a services to our residents. However, due to COVID-19, we have suspended the service in accordance with the state department’s guidelines.
The state department has temporarily suspended expedited passport processing and restricted service to cases involving life-or-death emergencies. The department is resuming operations in phases. As of Thursday, June 11, 11 passport agencies and centers entered the first phase of a three-phase reopening plan. Go to the Passport Agency and Center page for more information.
Most Scottsdale city buildings and facilities reopen to the public. We have modified our spaces, offerings and policies to comply with relevant guidelines. Guests are strongly encouraged to follow all social distancing protocols when they visit.
Learn more about buildings and services openings.
Get the city’s COVID-19 information.
Follow us on Twitter @ScottsdaleAZgov and Facebook fb.me/ScottsdaleAZgov for city COVID-19 updates and other city information.
The city Call Center is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.
Visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov to access city services online.
IN OTHER NEWS
Scottsdale Fashion Square reopens. Scottsdale Fashion Square has reopened after being closed for 10 days following looting May 30. The mall is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday; and noon-6 p.m.
ADOT warns of weekend freeway closures that affect Scottsdale. Several improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions along Valleywide freeways this weekend, June 12-15, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes for these closures that affect Scottsdale:
Westbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) closed between Pima Road/Princess Drive and Hayden Road from 10 p.m. Friday, June 12 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 15, for a widening project. Consider alternate routes including westbound Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard to northbound Hayden Road. Expect heavy traffic and delays. Traffic exiting at Pima Road can use westbound Princess Drive to northbound Hayden Road to reach westbound Loop 101.
Westbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) on-ramp at Scottsdale Road and westbound off-ramp at 64th Street closed for approximately 60 days starting at 5 a.m. Monday, June 15, for reconstruction as part of widening project. Consider alternate routes, including westbound on-ramps at Hayden Road or 64th Street and westbound off-ramps at Scottsdale Road or 56th Street.
Times listed for weekend restrictions are subject to change. Some work can end ahead of schedule. 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.
Learn about surface road impacts in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale Arts hosts benefit concert for Old Town businesses. Scottsdale Arts presents “Rockin’ for Old Town,” a fundraiser for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will stream live on Scottsdale Arts’ Facebook and You tube at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 13. This free virtual concert features Jeff Senour & Called to Serve, The Michael Bruce Group and the pared down acoustic performances of Pearl Ridge. The musicians are volunteering their services, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated directly to Old Town merchants. Get details at ScottsdalePerformingArts.org.
Census workers hitting the streets. Households who have not completed their census and who would prefer not to have census takers come to their door- especially in these uncertain times with the coronavirus pandemic - can go to 2020census.gov to fill it out, call the Census Bureau at 1-844-330-2020 or return an official response by mail as soon as possible. Census takers will drop off paper questionnaires at the front doors of five million households statewide while updating their addresses. This is to occur June 13–July 9. Census takers are being specially trained to observe social-distancing protocols. For their safety and the safety of the public, the Census Bureau has ordered personal protective equipment for all field staff.