COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.
Scottsdale remains at high community transmission. The city’s COVID-19 case rate has decreased to 173.2 cases per 100,000 residents, placing Scottsdale in high community transmission (greater than 100 cases per 100,000) for the eighth straight week. For context, 173.2 cases per 100,000 means there were between 415 and 450 new cases over a seven-day period (Aug. 22).
Meanwhile, vaccination rates continue to rise slightly - 72.9 percent of eligible Scottsdale residents have now received at least one vaccine dose (up from 72.5 percent) and 66.8 percent of Scottsdale residents are fully vaccinated (up from 66.3 percent).
Arizona Department of Health Services recommends the following where there is substantial or high COVID-19 transmission, as is currently the case across Arizona:
Mask up in public indoor settings whenever you can't ensure physical distance.
Continue following other proven mitigation strategies, including physical distancing of at least six feet and frequent handwashing or using hand sanitizer.
Stay home if you’re sick.
Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or three-five days after exposure to someone who is positive.
It will take all of us, including eligible individuals who have yet to be vaccinated, to put COVID-19 in its place and return to normal. Find a vaccine.
Getting a vaccine is your best protection against COVID-19. Authorized COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19. Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Once you are fully vaccinated, you may be able to start doing some things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Discover other benefits of getting the vaccine. Find a vaccine.
Risk of severe breakthrough COVID-19 is higher for seniors and people with underlying conditions. For fully vaccinated Americans, the risk of being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19 is low -- much lower than the risk for unvaccinated people. But in those rare cases when a fully vaccinated person gets infected, data suggests it's older adults and those with multiple underlying medical conditions who are most at risk of serious illness.
As of Aug. 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of 12,908 severe breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated people that resulted in hospitalization or death. There are more than 173 million people who were fully vaccinated by that date.
About 70 percent of breakthrough cases resulting in hospitalization were among adults 65 and older and about 87 percent of breakthrough cases resulting in death were among adults 65 and older, the CDC data suggests.
This CDC data is based on voluntary reporting from states and may be incomplete, but multiple studies suggest similar trends. Learn more.
Data shows cases in children shows cases in children are increasing rapidly. Here is the reality about a month into the school year for most Maricopa County students:
One in four of all COVID-19 cases are now children.
There are three times as many school outbreaks as this time last year and the number has doubled every week
The vaccine is not approved yet for those younger 12 years old.
Here’s what you can do about it:
Learn more about the county’s school dashboard.
National Institutes of Health provides info on COVID-19 treatment studies, therapies. As the Delta variant continues to cause cases to rise across the country and stress hospital systems, health experts and scientists are studying new ways to treat COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health has several clinical tests underway. Some are targeting the overactive immune response, or cytokine storms, which may cause some of the most severe symptoms. Other studies are examining antibodies as a way to reduce the severity of symptoms. Testing is also underway on some blood thinning drugs to see if they aid with blood clots, another symptom that often occurs in severe COVID-19 patients.
Stay up-to-date on studies and treatment recommendations.
New county dashboard tracks federal COVID-19 funds. Maricopa County has unveiled a new dashboard to update residents on how American Rescue Plan funding is being distributed. These are federal funds being allocated to help those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic. View the dashboard here.
Gov. Ducey allocates $60 million to help staff healthcare facilities. These funds help support healthcare facilities as the COVID-19 surge continues to strain staffing and resources. The funding will go to facilities that use monoclonal antibody treatments, which is believed to reduce severe COVID-19 symptoms when administered early. Learn more.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
Honor those lost in 9/11. Visit the 9/11 Memorial Tribute through Sunday, Sept. 12. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon–5 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday). The ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Doors will open at 10 a.m. the day of the ceremony. Individual photo cards of those who died in the attacks are displayed on props resembling the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and a plane wing. First responders and other public safety staff who were lost on 9/11 will have their photos showcased on a large metal flag, which has been displayed the past five years at Scottsdale Airport’s Fire Station 609. Call the Fire Department at 480-312-8000 for more information. The Scottsdale 9/11 Day of Remembrance video premieres Sept. 11 on YouTube.
The National Weather Service issues excessive heat warning through 8 p.m. tonight. Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn how to identify heat related illnesses and how to avoid them. Vista del Camino serves as a hydration station, as do other locations throughout Maricopa County.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through Monday. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between noon-6 p.m. if and when outdoors.
ADOT warns of weekend freeway closure that affects Scottsdale. The westbound Loop 101 Pima Freeway will be closed between 56th Street and State Route 51 from 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13. Alternate routes include westbound Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard/Bell Road to northbound SR 51. 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.
Podsdale Episode 11: Water Wise. Scottsdale City Manager Jim Thompson officially declared “Stage 1” of the city’s Drought Management Plan on Aug. 17, as a direct result of the Colorado River Tier 1 shortage declared by the Bureau of Reclamation. Learn how Scottsdale has prepared for this shortage and what we should we expect in 2022. Listen now.
Five things you need to know now. The long-awaited Civic Center remodel has begun with the moving of public art; trash collection days are changing; and the library wants you to get your free library card! These are just three things highlighted in this episode of Fast Five.
New exhibition explores the effects of distancing during COVID-19. "Social Distanced” highlights the work of 17 artists from Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico whose works reflect empathy and compassion for others and reveal coping strategies. It runs Sept. 24-Jan. 9, 2022, in the Center Space Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Get details.
Learn how to reduce your risk of falling. One in four older adults will fall this year, which is a life-changing, if not life-threatening. Scottsdale Fire Department encourages you to have a “Home Safe Home” visit to identify ways to prevent falls and keep you in your home safer longer. Attend a free webinar to get safety tips at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22. Register.
Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.