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.
Arizona expands COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to those 16 and older. Registration at Arizona’s state-operated COVID-19 vaccination sites in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties will open to all Arizonans, age 16 and older, beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 24. The change advances a hybrid approach that had been based on age and also has had counties vaccinating frontline essential workers. It applies to appointments still available for this week at state sites in Maricopa and Pima counties. Learn more about registration and information about vaccination sites across Arizona.
AstraZeneca seeks approval for fourth vaccine option. A fourth vaccine may be available soon as pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca asks for emergency use authorization in early April. Trial results indicate it is 77 percent effective against symptomatic disease and 100 percent effective against hospitalization. If approved, the vaccine would be available immediately.
Here’s all you need to know about vaccines. Whether you want to find out who’s eligible, search for vaccination sites and appointments or learn more about vaccine safety and efficacy, the county has you covered at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Vaccine.
COVID-19 variants have been reported in Arizona. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring variants of COVID-19 across the country. As of Friday, COVID-19 variants have been reported in all 50 states. In Arizona, there have been 50 reported cases of the B.1.1.7 variant (also known as the UK variant), four cases of the P.1 variant (the Brazilian variant) and no cases of the B.1.351 variant (South African variant).
Mutations in the virus genome change the characteristics in these variants and cause the virus to act differently than it did in 2020 (i.e. more severe illness, the ability to spread quicker between humans, necessitates different treatments, doesn’t respond in the same way to current vaccines, etc.). The variants are named for the countries in which they were first identified. Learn more.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.