After months of encouraging COVID-19 data, Glendale is now among the areas experiencing spikes in spreading.
According to data the Arizona Department of Health Services released Aug. 30, the overall number of COVID cases within Glendale’s nine most populous ZIP codes is up by 11.1% since the Glendale Independent’s last measuring period that ended July 23.
The increase marks a big jump in city numbers, especially considering how the city has been faring in measuring periods throughout 2021.
An uptick of 3.4% on July 23 represented a measuring period since June 15. Glendale’s growth rate had remained at 3% or lower since measurement periods that began Feb. 24.
The 11.1% increase over the past five weeks is the largest spike in Glendale since February, by far.
The Department of Health Services on Aug. 29 also reported an availability of only 9% of statewide adult ICU beds. Almost 30% of beds are currently in use by COVID patients.
The 37% of ventilators in use at statewide hospitals on Aug. 29 marks the highest percentage since 37% were in use on Feb. 12.
The biggest jump in confirmed cases in Glendale, meanwhile, has come in the 85310 ZIP code, which shows an increase in cases of 14.6% between July 23 and Aug. 30. That same ZIP experienced a case increase rate of 6% between June 15 and July 23. Seven of the city’s ZIP codes show double-digit growth rates since July 23.
Arizona passed 1 million confirmed cases this past week. As of Aug. 30, 7.3 million vaccine doses have been administered, and almost 56% of statewide residents are vaccinated.
Health Services reported 3,247 new cases on Aug. 30, and no new deaths were reported on Monday.
According to the New York Times tracker, which charts each state, Arizona ranks 38th among vaccination rates in the U.S. and its territories.
“People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask,” the CDC recommends. “If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.”
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“No vaccine can prevent disease 100% of the time, but the numbers we are seeing for hospitalizations and deaths are primarily among those who aren’t fully vaccinated, which demonstrates vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious cases of COVID-19,” Arizona Department of Health Services stated on Aug. 29.