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Southwest Mobile Storage – Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Phoenix, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage was established in 1995, serving more than 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers rent, buy or modify containers for their moving, storage and custom needs. We offer a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers for rent in Phoenix, AZ. You deserve vault-like security, superior service, unrivaled expertise with the best quality and service you can find when renting, buying or modifying shipping containers.

Whether you need mobile storage, portable office space, a combo unit or a custom container for a specific purpose, we’ve got your back. Here’s how:

NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you’ll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem — we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We’ll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you’re ready to move. So, you don’t have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you’re ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it’s faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we’ve got you covered. We’ll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We’ll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You’ll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you’ll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard – our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers at our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don’t have to pay extra for it.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won’t find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality -High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

ALL OF OUR INTERMODAL CONTAINERS ARE:

Wind and water-tight so you don’t have to stress about rain or condensation ruining the contents inside.
Delivered to your desired location by a dependable roll- off truck
Grinded, prepped and painted before rental by our container fabrication experts.
Fully customizable to fit your unique needs.
Equipped with a dual high-security dual- locking systems.
Delivered by our skilled, experienced drivers for worry-free delivery.

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don’t believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Phoenix, AZ, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Phoenix, AZ

When you own a business or manage one, it’s crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it’s to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it’s a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn’t know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don’t know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they’re marking up the price.
When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won’t have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Phoenix, AZ

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we’re able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don’t have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won’t have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don’t have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings. You won’t get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you’re always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don’t always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Phoenix, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Phoenix, AZ

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Phoenix, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it’s easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don’t have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours – whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE’S HOW WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You’ll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you’ll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don’t have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don’t have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don’t know who’s actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you’re in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we’ll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Phoenix, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It’s a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

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Latest News in Phoenix

Small Business Saturday 2021: 'Shop Small' In Phoenix

Small Business Saturday has never been more important as Phoenix small businesses pull themselves out of the pandemic. PHOENIX, AZ — Local businesses in Phoenix hope to make the most of Small Business Saturday and other promotions as the coronavirus pandemic continues to redefine the holiday shopping season.Independently owned boutiques, gift shops, mom-and-pop hardware stores, restaurants and the like in Phoenix are facing unprecedented challenges as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic changes how Americans do their holid...

Small Business Saturday has never been more important as Phoenix small businesses pull themselves out of the pandemic.

PHOENIX, AZ — Local businesses in Phoenix hope to make the most of Small Business Saturday and other promotions as the coronavirus pandemic continues to redefine the holiday shopping season.

Independently owned boutiques, gift shops, mom-and-pop hardware stores, restaurants and the like in Phoenix are facing unprecedented challenges as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic changes how Americans do their holiday shopping.

The list of local businesses participating in Small Business Saturday in Phoenix continues to grow. Here are a few of them:

Willie's Taco Joint, 333 East Jefferson St. Suite 102Penny Pincher Automotive Parts, 2401 West Van Buren St. Zen Thai Cafe, 110 North Central Ave. Arizona Hardwood Floor Supply, 910 S. 67th Ave.

American Express launched the "Shop Small" movement in 2010 to encourage people to support local businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Since then, it has evolved into a year-round effort to encourage people to support the mom-and-pop businesses and local shops in Phoenix and elsewhere around the country.

Last year, Americans spent about $20 billion on Small Business Saturday, up slightly from the year before.

Supporting local businesses is important, according to American Express, which estimates that 67 cents of every $1 spent remains in the local community. That amounts to about $67 billion that has stayed in local communities since Small Business Saturday began, according to the financial services company.

A Shop Small Consumer Impact survey from American Express before the pandemic found that 73 percent of people think empty storefronts are a national issue, and 84 percent agree the increase in empty storefronts and the closings of small, independently owned businesses negatively affect their local communities.

The survey showed that when consumers are aware of the impact of spending their dollars locally, 75 percent said they would be more likely to purchase a product or service from small, independently owned businesses.

Small businesses have been pummeled by the pandemic, according to a study by economist Susan Woodward. The study looked at the bank deposits of nearly 1 million small businesses with 10 or fewer employees, from every major sector and industry, during the first year of the pandemic.

The study, commissioned by Intuit QuickBooks, looked at bank deposits by the approximately 1 million small businesses using the company's software and anonymized, aggregated data from the users.

In Arizona, small business was down 16 percent in the first full year of the pandemic.

Retailers and personal care businesses, such as barbers and hair salons, were among the businesses hardest hit by the pandemic, but have enjoyed a stronger recovery than other sectors, according to the study.

In general, Woodward's study also showed:

Arizona is becoming a microchip manufacturing center at just the right time

--> Sorry, we're having issues playing this video.In the meantime, try watching one of the videos below.PHOENIX — A worldwide shortage of microchips is turning the semiconductor industry on its head.As it turns out, that is good news for Arizona, and more importantly, the greater Phoenix area.In North Phoenix along Loop 303, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s 5.6 million square foot chip plant is beginning to take shape. TSMC says its Phoenix plant will open in 2024.When it ope...

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PHOENIX — A worldwide shortage of microchips is turning the semiconductor industry on its head.

As it turns out, that is good news for Arizona, and more importantly, the greater Phoenix area.

In North Phoenix along Loop 303, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s 5.6 million square foot chip plant is beginning to take shape. TSMC says its Phoenix plant will open in 2024.

When it opens, it will produce microchips for some of the world’s biggest suppliers of computers, smartphones, automobiles, and appliances.

“It’s been exciting to see how Phoenix has been transformed. The greater Phoenix area is now #1 globally for semiconductor investment. We are on the map in a big way,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “If anything it’s going to help us with the recovery of the shortage.”

In Tempe, Bear Hendley is one of the owners of Walts TV and Appliance, a family-run business that began in a garage in 1957 as a TV repair shop. Walts has grown into a high-end appliance store with an online business that covers 48 states. The merchandise Walts sells rely on microchips.

The chip shortage has changed the way Walts does business. Some of the refrigerators on the showroom floor were purchased in January but they didn’t arrive until July. Normally, Hendley says, the store doesn’t start buying for Christmas until September. This year they started building inventory in the spring.

“Certainly there’s concern, we’ve been experiencing shortages in different product categories. But we’ve been preparing since early last quarter,” said Hendley.

Hendley says vendors are now warning him the microchip shortage is driving up the cost of the chips as the suppliers compete to purchase them. Higher chip prices will eventually mean higher prices for televisions, entertainment centers, and appliances like refrigerators, washers, and dryers. Hendley says customers know about the chip shortage and started buying for Christmas in early October. “We’re more concerned keeping the cost low for our customers,” Hendley said.

The shortage of microchips is expected to last for at least another year or two. About the time the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and INTEL, which is currently expanding its chip making and developing capacity in Chandler, are in production. Bear Hendley says he will be ready for that day.

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Phoenix neighborhood, 85008, hot spot for evictions

--> Sorry, we're having issues playing this video.In the meantime, try watching one of the videos below.PHOENIX — It's one man's mission to turn around part of the Valley.For constables, it's one of the busiest neighborhoods of Phoenix when it comes to evictions - the 85008 zip code near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. But there is an Arizona man who's trying to change that - one property at a time.It's a neighborhood Constable Darlene Martinez has gotten to know all too well in her four years ...

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PHOENIX — It's one man's mission to turn around part of the Valley.

For constables, it's one of the busiest neighborhoods of Phoenix when it comes to evictions - the 85008 zip code near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. But there is an Arizona man who's trying to change that - one property at a time.

It's a neighborhood Constable Darlene Martinez has gotten to know all too well in her four years serving Maricopa County - a neighborhood off Van Buren Street between 24th and 32nd streets - which keeps constables busy serving eviction notices.

Inside, the tenant is nowhere to be found, but his belongings are everywhere. By law, landlords must hold on to them for 14 days, but that's not all the tenant left behind.

"The door was intentionally damaged," explained property owner Shawn Petree. "The last time I was in here, it was not like that."

Most people would run from a neighborhood like this, but not Shawn. "It kind of comes with the business. I've grown numb to it over the years," he said.

Shawn owns more than a dozen properties in this area, hoping to turn around Van Buren Street.

"We all go through our bumps and bruises. We'll clean it out and fix it up and hope that we find a decent tenant to move in," he added.

Nick: What keeps you renting here if these are the headaches you have to deal with?

Shawn: The hopes of changing Van Buren. I'm a Valley native and I'm trying to clean up Van Buren with a couple partners.

Nick: You want to be here so you can revitalize it. What makes you want to do that?

Shawn: Just being a Phoenician. Several years ago, I met up with one of my partners and we had the same vision to clean up Van Buren. So we've targeted from 24th to 32nd.

Shawn has owned these properties for about a decade. He's hoping to buy even more properties here to turn this area around. One day, he'd like to see it resemble the area of Camelback and Central, with residential, retail, and walkable neighborhoods that thrive.

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Aldi is opening 2 new metro Phoenix stores in December. Here's where, when and what to expect

Aldi, a discount grocery chain with locations all over the world, is adding two new metro Phoenix stores in December, bringing their Arizona total up to six locations.Aldi currently has Valley locations in Goodyear, Chandler, Gilbert and Peoria. On Dec. 10, the grocery chain will open locations in South Phoenix and Queen Creek.The south Phoenix location is on Baseline Road just east of the Loop 202. In Queen Creek, the new store is located on the northeast corner of Ellsworth and Queen Creek Roads.Aldi originally ...

Aldi, a discount grocery chain with locations all over the world, is adding two new metro Phoenix stores in December, bringing their Arizona total up to six locations.

Aldi currently has Valley locations in Goodyear, Chandler, Gilbert and Peoria. On Dec. 10, the grocery chain will open locations in South Phoenix and Queen Creek.

The south Phoenix location is on Baseline Road just east of the Loop 202. In Queen Creek, the new store is located on the northeast corner of Ellsworth and Queen Creek Roads.

Aldi originally started in Germany in 1961 and opened its first store in the U.S. in Iowa in 1976, according to its website. It offers discounts by exclusively selling Aldi brands along with a full selection of produce, bakery items, frozen foods and holiday treats.

What to expect when shopping at Aldi

Pro tip: bring bags and a quarter.

For those new to Aldi, some of the systems may seem unusual. The grocery store doesn't give out bags, so be sure to bring your own. Also, carts require a 25 cent deposit for use. Plug in a quarter to the cart handle to release it from the others. You will get your coin back upon return of the cart.

Aldi's new stores open on Dec. 10. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Details: Aldi Queen Creek: 20229 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek. Aldi South Phoenix: 5775 W. Baseline Road, Phoenix. aldi.us.

Reach the reporter at tirion.morris@arizonarepublic.com. Follow her on Twitter at @tirionmorris, on Facebook at Tirion Rose and on Instagram at tirionrose.

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Arizona's COVID-19 transmission rate is nearly three times the national average

“Arizona does appear right now to be in a bit of a surge. We have the highest transmission rate in the country right now,” said Dr. Joshua LeBaer.PHOENIX — Data suggests that Arizona is heading in the wrong direction as new COVID-19 cases rise weeks away from the holiday season.“Arizona does appear right now to be in a bit of a surge. We have the highest transmission rate in the country right now,” said Dr. Joshua LeBaer, executive director for the ASU Biodesign Institute.LeBaer points to a ...

“Arizona does appear right now to be in a bit of a surge. We have the highest transmission rate in the country right now,” said Dr. Joshua LeBaer.

PHOENIX — Data suggests that Arizona is heading in the wrong direction as new COVID-19 cases rise weeks away from the holiday season.

“Arizona does appear right now to be in a bit of a surge. We have the highest transmission rate in the country right now,” said Dr. Joshua LeBaer, executive director for the ASU Biodesign Institute.

LeBaer points to a recent increase in hospitalizations.

"The virus is out there and it's still transmitting to people," LeBaer explained during a briefing on Wednesday. "We have not seen an appreciable drop in weeks."

The recent seven-day average percent positivity in the U.S. was 5.3% as of Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Meanwhile, Arizona is experiencing a significantly higher range of between 10% to 14.9%.

“I know the tremendous cost of life and health with COVID-19,” said Lacey Khor, a nurse at the Phoenix Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Unit. All of Khor's patients are immunocompromised.

Khor is eager to get her children vaccinated.

“I have a son Calvin who is six and a daughter Lucey who is two. I want to vaccinate my son because I believe in the scientific method," Khor said. "I want him to have the protection for him but also for the community at large. For the people that we are around and for the patients that I come to serve at this hospital every day.”

Nearly 645,000 kids between the ages of five and 11 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

“In every big decision for our babies, we want them to be safe and well," Khor said. "Talk to a pediatrician; I know it can get tricky with the amount of information we have as modern parents. So, when we say experts meaning people who work in medicine; work in immunology and with vaccines. The perfect place to start is with your pediatrician.”

LaBaer says Arizonans should avoid large groups of people when indoors.

"This is not a good time to be in crowds in Arizona. We're leading the country right now in transmission, so going out to crowded, indoor events without masks on would not be a good plan," LeBaer said. "If you are around people who aren't in your immediate circle, I'd be wearing a mask."

According to the CDC, Arizona is one of 41 states with a "high" transmission rate.

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