While Arizona hits a milestone of more than 2.5 million residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Glendale’s case count over the past few weeks experienced a slight uptick.
Glendale’s nine most populous ZIP codes show an increase in cases of 2.3% from the period measured between April 19 and May 10, based on figures the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) released Monday.
That’s noteworthy, considering the Glendale Independent’s most recent measured period, between March 29 and April 8, showed the slowest growth rate in months, at only 0.5%. The growth rate, however, has remained at 3% or lower since a measurement period that began Feb. 24.
Glendale’s slower increase rate has come a long way from the holiday season over the winter. In the period between Dec. 11 and Jan. 15, case counts increased throughout the city 65%, which followed up a period just after Thanksgiving where cases blew up 51% in Glendale’s 85308 ZIP code alone.
Health Services on Monday also reported that, as of May 9, there were 191 ICU beds in use by COVID patients statewide, compared to a peak of 1,183 beds in use by COVID patients at Arizona hospitals back on Jan. 11.
The CDC on Monday reported that more than 261 million vaccines have been administered in the U.S., including over 115 million, or, 35% of the population, who are fully vaccinated.
The New York Times reported that Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser for the pandemic, said Sunday that he was open to relaxing indoor masking rules as more Americans are vaccinated against the virus. He said that as vaccinations climb, “we do need to start being more liberal” in terms of rules for wearing masks indoors, though he noted that the nation was still averaging about 43,000 cases of the virus daily.
“We’ve got to get it much, much lower than that,” he said.
In Arizona, the seven state mass-vaccination sites in the Phoenix metro area, including Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., in Glendale, as well as Tucson, Yuma, and Flagstaff reached another milestone Monday, having now administered more than 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
With vaccine increasingly available at pharmacies, pop-up clinics, doctors’ offices, and other neighborhood locations around Arizona, state sites won’t stay open indefinitely, and Health Services advises Arizonans to take advantage of them now while they are still open.
“Today, there is virtually no barrier to getting these safe, highly effective and free vaccines at a location convenient to you,” Health Services director Dr. Cara Christ stated in a Monday news release. “State sites have been a big part of the reason why Arizona has been able to vaccinate so many people since December. If you are waiting to get vaccinated at a state site, please don’t put it off.”
As of Monday morning, 5,363,835 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 3,063,203 individuals, including 2,513,523 who are fully vaccinated. Over a quarter of those doses, 1,518,734, have been administered at state sites to 833,840 individuals, of whom 730,591 are fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 continues to infect and cause death in Arizonans, though case numbers, percent positivity, intensive care unit use, and in-patient hospital bed use have been relatively stable since March.
On Monday, ADHS added 642 cases and no deaths to its COVID-19 data dashboard.