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After sharp rise, Glendale COVID spread starting to slow


The COVID-19 spread rate throughout Glendale has slowed in the past couple weeks.

After a spread rate from late July through late August within Glendale’s nine most populous ZIP codes increased to its sharpest spike since February, the growth rate over the past two-plus weeks has in some cases dropped by more than half.

Overall, the number of COVID cases in Glendale has grown by 4.7% from Aug. 30 through Sept. 15, according to the latest data the  Arizona Department of Health Services released Wednesday. That compares to a growth rate of 11.1% from July 23 through Aug. 30.

The largest spread rate over the past 16 days is 5.6% in two ZIP codes, 85304 and 85308. Both of those ZIPs showed a growth rate of 10.3% and 13.1%, respectively, over the last time period the Glendale Independent measured.

The slowest spread rate since Aug. 30 occurred in 85307, which grew 2% as compared to a spread rate of 12.4% in the last time period measured.

As of Wednesday, 57% of Arizonans have been vaccinated. The CDC’s most recent available data show that 54% of the total U.S. population have been fully vaccinated.

“We can’t let strident arguments about mandating or not mandating masks and vaccines distract from the real problem: Not enough of us have been vaccinated,” Dr. Richard Carmona, the U.S. Surgeon General who is advising Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, stated in his Sept. 15 blog. “A little more than half of our state and nation have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. We’ve made tremendous progress since the vaccine first became available. We’ve got to do more.”

Arizona Department of Health Services reports that 7% of adult intensive care unit beds are available statewide as of Sept. 14 and that 32% of adult ICU beds are currently being used for COVID patients.

“To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, get vaccinated as soon as you can and wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission,” the CDC recommends.

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