COVID-19 vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium moving indoors to Desert Financial Arena

Governor Doug Ducey announced on Thursday the coronavirus vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium will move indoors to Desert Financial Arena.

The site will relocate on Monday, April 12 to the arena, which is on Arizona State University's Tempe campus.

"Arizonans have come together to protect our communities and expand vaccinations quickly," Ducey said in a statement on April 8. "I’m grateful to all the volunteers, staff members and health care professionals who are helping Arizonans get vaccinated, and to Arizona State University for their continued partnership."

The relocation of the outdoor site currently in a parking lot near the Phoenix-Tempe border is the latest change in the state’s mass vaccination program to account for rising temperatures. Other state-run sites are moving indoors or foregoing daytime hours.

Free parking is available in a parking lot near the ASU arena which is close to transit routes, the department said.

According to the governor, the Phoenix Municipal Stadium site has administered nearly 200,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Those who already have a second-dose appointment scheduled for Phoenix Municipal Stadium for April 12 and beyond will be notified of the venue change.

The state health department on Thursday reported 670 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 32 more deaths, increasing the state’s pandemic totals to 846,900 cases and 17,055 deaths.

Hospitalizations continued to hover in the 500-600 range, with 541 patients occupying inpatient beds as of Wednesday. That’s about a tenth of the Jan. 11 pandemic high of 5,082, according to the dashboard.

The state’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases increased over the past two weeks, rising from 503.7 on March 23 to 631.3 on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the rolling average of daily deaths dropped from 36.6 to 9.5 during the same period, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Monitor your health daily


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Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu. 

Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart conditions.

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To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, and avoid crowds and standing close to people.

And if you do find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms - don't go straight to your doctor's office. That just risks making more people sick, officials urge. Call ahead, and ask if you need to be seen and where.

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