Data released from the Arizona Department of Health Services continue to show positive trends for coronavirus case counts in Glendale.
According to numbers posted on March 29, the city’s nine most populous ZIP codes showed a growth rate in positive cases of 3% since the Glendale Independent last analyzed data on Feb. 24. The growth rate at that time — 9.6% — represented the first single-digit increase rate in months around the city.
Monday’s numbers revealed an even smaller growth rate since that time.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on March 25 announced Arizona businesses can resume normal operations, effective immediately. This includes hotels and resorts, restaurants and bars, fitness centers, pools, waterparks/tubing, movie theaters and attractions.
Businesses may still require masks and social distancing at their discretion. The city of Glendale is mandating the use of face coverings in city facilities and public transportation until Monday, April 19.
Data points enabling these changes include 10 weeks of declining cases, the opening of vaccine appointments to all Arizonans over 16, and the milestone of 3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine having been administered to 1.9 million individuals across the state, including 1.2 million who have been fully vaccinated.
Also, the CDC this month issued a report ranking Arizona among the best states in the nation for getting the COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable communities.
“COVID-19 has had a more significant impact among racial and ethnic minority groups as well as those who are socially and economically disadvantaged,” Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, stated in a news release. “It’s gratifying to see Arizona’s prominent mention and high national ranking in the CDC’s report, but we know there is much more work ahead with 6 million Arizonans who still need to be vaccinated.”
President Biden’s has pledged that every American will be able to be vaccinated by May 1.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on March 29 also issued a plea to Americans to continue to follow public health measures. Her plea came amid news that positive COVID-19 cases have increased by 10.6% compared to the previous seven-day period. Hospitalizations and deaths, which are a lagging metric, also rose over the last seven-day period, by 4.2% and 2.6%, respectively, she reported.
She cautions about another potential surge in COVID cases as a number of states have begun loosening restrictions as larger percentages of their population are vaccinated. More than 28% of the U.S. population has now received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to CDC data.
But many people across all demographics are still waiting for immunizations, and some states are reporting serious increases in cases and even hospitalizations among younger people. New strains are appearing, and people are traveling more with spring weather now here.
“I so badly want to be done, I know you all so badly want to be done,” Dr. Walensky added on Monday. “We are just almost there, but not quite yet. And so I am asking you to just hold on a little bit longer, to get vaccinated when you can so that all the people that we all love will still be here when this pandemic ends.”
Click here to register for a vaccine through the Arizona Department of Health Services.