What You Need to Know-Week of May 17th

The most important weekly updates for you to keep your community healthy




In this Update:

1. Urgent Updates: Transmission & Vaccine Information

2. Information You Need: Tips for keeping your CDC vaccination card safe!

3. Testing Tips: What is the difference between COVID-19 antibody and diagnostic tests?




1. Urgent Updates: Transmission & Vaccine Information


Updated as of: 05-17-2021

Weekly case, death, and hospitalization counts: High, cases and hospitalizations increasing

In the past week, there has been an average of:
Cases per day568
Deaths per day8
Compared to two weeks ago:
Cases per dayDecreased by 22%↘
Deaths per dayDecreased by 25% ↘
Hospitalizations per dayDecreased by 3%↘
For regularly updated case counts and additional COVID-19 information by county, visit the Arizona Department of Health’s data dashboard summary page.

Vaccine Information

In the past week, there has been an average of:
Number of peoplePercentage
Arizonans who are fully vaccinated2,647,57334%
Arizonans who have received at least one dose
(of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine)
3,159,02544%

5,577,889 total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Arizona

It is still important to take safety precautions even after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Visit our previous update for more information.



2. Information You Need: Tips for keeping your CDC vaccination card safe!


After receiving a COVID-19 vaccination you will receive a CDC vaccination card. These cards provide proof that you were vaccinated, which may be required or suggested for travel to certain destinations or events. It is important to keep your card safe!

  1. Take a picture!
  • Take a picture of your vaccination card, but do not include your face in the photo.
  • That way, even if you lose it, you will have a way to prove that you have been vaccinated.
  1. Laminate it!
  • Once you receive a replacement CDC vaccination card, laminate it! 
  • Visit your local office supply store, they will likely be able to laminate your card for you. At some stores they are even offering to laminate your vaccination card for free!
  1. Identify another way to prove your vaccination(s) as back up!
  • Just in case, it is a good idea to have a back up way to show that you have received your COVID-19 vaccination(s). 
  • Check the website where you made your vaccination appointment, they will likely keep additional records of your vaccinations.

Our next update will cover what to do if you have misplaced or did not receive a CDC vaccination card!



3. Testing Tips: What is the difference between COVID-19 antibody and diagnostic tests?


Use the table below to compare the differences between antibody tests and diagnostic COVID-19 tests.

Antibody TestingDiagnostic Testing
These tests are also
called:
Serologic testingDiagnostic testing, PCR testing, Rapid (antigen) testing
What is being tested?Any immune response to a previous COVID-19 infectionWhether someone currently has an active infection
Samples usually taken:BloodRespiratory swab (inside the nose)
How long do results take?This varies depending on the testing location. Usually anywhere between 2 days to a few weeksRapid tests usually take 1 hour, while other versions need to be sent to a 
laboratory and may take up to 2 days
What does a positive result mean?You have likely had the virus or have been exposed to the virus in the past, or you have received a COVID-19 vaccine.You currently have a COVID-19 infection

For more information about what antibody testing is, visit our previous update.





The next update will cover what to do if you misplace your CDC vaccination card. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to COVID-19 in Arizona, please complete next week’s AZCOVIDTXT survey that you will receive via text in about a week.

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