State of the city

Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland gives the state of the city address Wednesday March 11, 2020 at the Casa Grande Community Recreation Center.

CASA GRANDE — Mayor Craig McFarland says the first COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Casa Grande and is being administered on a priority basis.

On Tuesday, McFarland gave a holiday message including updates on the COVID vaccine along with building updates.

“I appreciate everyone’s efforts in terms of wearing your masks and keeping separated six feet apart,” McFarland said. “I know it’s hard during these holiday times.”

According to McFarland, the COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in the city and is being administered to first responders and front line health care workers.

During the message, McFarland shared that cases in Arizona continued to rise.

“In Pinal County we’re looking at about an increase of 402 cases (Monday) and eight deaths, and a total of 184,000 tests have been conducted in Pinal County,” McFarland said during the message.

In the city of Casa Grande specifically, McFarland said that the community is beginning to see some numbers start to drop.

According to McFarland, the vaccine has been administered through the Pinal County Health Department and through Banner Casa Grande Medical Center.

During the message, McFarland shared that he has been in contact with the CEO of Banner Casa Grande.

“He is telling me that he’s at 140% capacity in the ICU, so they are being stretched, and people who are there are very sick,” McFarland said.

During the message, the mayor also shared that the city has seen an over 90% increase in building permits in the last year.

“I just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays. From your council and me, we hope everyone stays safe and let’s hope for a good new year,” McFarland said.

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Gabrielle Olivera is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more.