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Hospital admissions for COVID-19 in Arizona are nearing a declining six weeks as the state reported a relatively low 1,507 new COVID-19 cases and no new known deaths on Monday.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID Data Tracker, Arizona’s 7-day average for new cases on Sunday was ranked 18th among all states, after ranking first and second for most of January lay.
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Monday, 11:00 a.m .: The state will take over the COVID-19 vaccination center in East Valley
An East Valley COVID-19 vaccination site operated by Maricopa County and Dignity Health is becoming a state vaccination site, state officials said Monday.
The vaccination center at Chandler-Gilbert Community College will be operational as a state facility on Wednesday, March 3rd, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said in a joint press release with the Arizona Department of Health.
At full capacity, this site will have a capacity similar to the State Farm Stadium with 12,000 vaccines a day and will be open 24/7, state officials said. However, due to a limited number of vaccines, it will initially operate from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The website will continue to provide the Pfizer vaccine and will provide second doses to people who received their first on the website. According to the press release, dates for the first and second dose will open for registration on Monday, March 1st, at 9:00 a.m.
The East Valley site will bring the number of state-operated COVID-19 vaccine sites in Arizona to four. The other three are: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Phoenix Municipal Stadium, and the University of Arizona in Tucson. State officials said they would like to open more locations, including one in Yuma, the Arizona county hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are determined to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to all Arizonans. Keeping this successful vaccination site open and up and running is an important step, ”said Ducey of the decision to keep the East Valley site open.
Maricopa County officials announced on February 18 that the East Valley site, which the company operated with Dignity Health, would be closed.
Dignity Health is now scheduled to cease operations after February 27, and the state health department will have it four days later in partnership with the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, the Arizona Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Maricopa County Community reopen College District.
“Arizona has proven that the state’s nationally recognized model for these vaccination centers is scalable and transferable to other locations. By combining government funding with support from partners, we can continue to put more doses in the arms of Arizona people, “ADHD director Dr. Cara Christ said in the press release.
For information on all vaccination sites in Arizona, visit azhealth.gov/findvaccine.
People without computer access or with additional help with registration can call 1-844-542-8201 to connect to an operator who can help. The podvaccine.azdhs.gov patient portal can be accessed by anyone who makes an appointment for another person in a prioritized group, e.g. B. a person aged 65 and over.
– Stephanie Innes