City of Scottsdale Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
The federal government, through Operation Warp Speed, has been working since the pandemic started to make one or more COVID-19 vaccines available as soon as possible. Although CDC does not have a role in developing COVID-19 vaccines, CDC is working with partners at all levels, including healthcare associations, on flexible COVID-19 vaccination programs that can accommodate different vaccines and scenarios.
COVID-19 vaccinations are underway but our day-to-day protection measures against COVID-19 will still be needed. Executive Director of Maricopa County Public Health Marcy Flanagan says we all need to remain vigilant in the coming months as we wait for our turn to be vaccinated.
- Vaccine doses are limited at this time and prioritized for those at highest risk for exposure, such as healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. It will likely be months before there is enough vaccine for everyone.
- Now and in the near future, it is important to continue preventive measures such as mask wearing, social distancing, and limiting your time with people outside your household.
A Centers for Disease and Prevention panel identified healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents as priority groups to receive initial doses of vaccine. Healthcare workers are paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials.
Healthcare personnel are a top priority because of their exposure to the virus and their critical role of keeping emergency services, hospitals, health clinics and other critical health services functioning. Residents and staff of long-term-care facilities are prioritized because of their risks of severe illness from COVID-19 and the congregate settings they live in.
A point of dispensing (POD) site is where designated populations can obtain critical emergency supplies during and after an emergency. Depending on the situation, they can be open to the public or open only to specific groups. Government agencies, non-government organizations, private sector organizations or a combination of these groups can establish and operate these sites.
For Phase 1A of the distribution plan, doses of the vaccine will be distributed over several weeks to eligible healthcare personnel at five regional PODs across the county in conjunction with Abrazo Health, Banner Health, Banner Del Web, Dignity Health, HonorHealth and Valleywise Healthcare. There will be one POD in each region (northwest, southwest, central, northeast, southeast) and vaccines will be administered by appointment only. Learn more.
Like all vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines must go through a rigorous and multi-step testing and approval process before they can be used. Throughout vaccine development and distribution, there are numerous safety measures. These include:
- The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes and monitors all clinical trials.
- To get an Emergency Use Authorization, developers of a vaccine must provide a large amount of data on its safety and effectiveness to meet the rigorous standards set by the FDA.
- Independent advisory committees provide oversight and monitor for safety during vaccine development and testing.
- Clinical trials for a vaccine continue after EUA is granted until enough data is available to grant full approval.
After a vaccine is authorized for use, multiple safety monitoring systems are in place to watch for possible adverse events. If an unexpected serious adverse event is detected, experts work as quickly as possible to determine whether it is a true safety concern.
Mayor Ortega reestablishes local face covering requirement
Mayor David D. Ortega issued an emergency proclamation Wednesday, Jan. 13, that reestablishes a local face covering requirement in Scottsdale. Recognizing the surging COVID-19 numbers in Maricopa County, the Scottsdale order directly supports Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's "Mask Up Arizona" campaign and is aligned with Maricopa County's face covering requirement, which has applied in Scottsdale since it was issued in June.
In addition, Mayor Ortega's Jan. 13 order emphasizes the role of face coverings within the measures needed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including physical distance and good hand and surface hygiene.
Mayor Ortega took office Tuesday, Jan. 12. This is his second emergency proclamation, following yesterday's order that affirms and continues actions under the city's emergency response plan that have been in place since March 2020.
Public Facility Information
Scottsdale’s city buildings and facilities will open to the public in phases as statewide restrictions are lifted. We have modified our spaces, offerings, and policies to comply with relevant guidelines. Guests are strongly encouraged to follow all social distancing protocols when they visit.
City Offices and Services
Scottsdale’s One Civic Center is open for business 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The building is closed to the public Fridays.
Any licensing, utility billing, tax audit and revenue recovery issues will be handled by phone or through email. The lobby is open for appointments only. Fingerprinting for license applications is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday.
Passport application processing has been suspended in accordance with the U.S. Department of State guidelines.
- Licensing: 480-312-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Revenue Recovery: 480-312-2705 or email@example.com
- Utility Billing: 480-312-2461 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Audit: 480-312-7788 or email@example.com
All plan review, case review, and pre-application submittals need to be done online. Please take advantage of our telephone and on-line services, including general requests for information, access to our web services, and pre-application meetings with staff.
Scottsdale City Hall is open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays.
City Council, Boards and Commissions
In cases where the City Council, board or commission needs to meet, remote meeting technology may be used or the meeting may be held in the Kiva but closed to the public in accordance with county, state and national public health guidelines.
Board and commission meeting public comment can be made via the public comment form on the individual Board and Commission pages.
City Council meeting pubic comment can be made from the link at the top of the City Council agenda document for each meeting.
Search “boards and commissions” on ScottsdaleAZ.gov for information and schedules specific to different city boards and commissions.
Check the City Council agenda page for City Council meeting information and agendas.
All persons entering the courthouse must wear a face mask, complete a temperature check before entering and notify the court of any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or suspected exposures.
Scottsdale City Court offers most court proceedings and services via video, over the phone and online. Learn More.
Civic Center library building is open to the public with limited service from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 1 – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Libraries are closed Sunday.
- No in-library programming will take place.
- Civic Center Library offers curbside pickup.
- Drive up windows at Appaloosa, Arabian and Mustang libraries are open for limited services.
Visit ScottsdaleLibrary.org/COVID19 for details.
Scottsdale Trolley provides service from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays only on these routes:
- 68th Street/Camelback Road(68CM)
- Miller Road/Hayden Road (MLHD)
Service on the Old Town (OLDT) route remains suspended until further notice.
Valley Metro service is still operating regularly, but they encourage riders to continue to check its website for updates.
Essential city services such as solid waste collection, water, police and fire are fully operational. Staff in these areas are taking steps recommended by public health experts to keep things clean and prevent the spread of virus.
Scottsdale’s Drinking Water
The U.S. EPA recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual. Scottsdale Water, like all municipal water suppliers, uses chlorine disinfection, which is extremely effective in removing and killing pathogens and viruses, including COVID-19.
Scottsdale’s annual Water Quality Reports, are available on our Drinking Water web page.
Parks & Recreation
- Adaptive Services will be closed until further notice.
- Virtual Programming and 'Rec 2 Go Bags' will be offered weekly.
- While closed, accommodation services will still be offered for all Scottsdale programs.
Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers are open for lap swim. The pool fitness centers remain closed. Guidelines to re-open fitness centers would greatly limit the number of people able to workout, in addition to the other requirements, including staffing, that are required.
Club SAR is open with limited hours and services available. Various safety requirements are in place.
Monday - Thursday
6 - 10 a.m. (Open Gym)
10 – 11 a.m. (closed for cleaning)
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Open Gym)
6 - 10 a.m. (Open Gym)
10 – 11 a.m. (closed for cleaning)
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Open Gym)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Open Gym)
The Community Assistance Office is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays by appointment only.
Eldorado, Horizon and Mountain View Park community centers are open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays. Gyms and drop-in programming are not available.
Train and carousel rides are available from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily.
Hartley's General Store also is open every day selling food, drinks and ice-cream.
The Scottsdale Railroad Museum and the Model Railroad Building remain closed until further notice.
- Scottsdale playgrounds, spray pads, basketball and volleyball courts at city parks are open to the public for normal operating hours.
- Open spaces at parks, and the city’s hiking and bicycling trails and other outdoor remain open to those practicing physical distancing.
- Outdoor tennis courts, pickleball courts and skate parks are open.
Public restrooms in Scottsdale are open, but users should obey posted signs regarding physical distance and other practices to limit spread of COVID-19, per guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Arizona Department of Health Services.
COVID-19 has impacted our community, mandating health and safety protocols, regulating business operations, and changing special event requirements related to logistics, layouts, queuing methods, capacities, and implementing new safety standards.
Public health and safety is our top priority. While many restrictions on gatherings and activities remain in place as part of statewide efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, some special events in Scottsdale have been approved under guidelines established by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.
The Governor’s Executive Order 2020-43 (extended by Executive Order 2020-52) prohibits “organized public events” of more than 50 people unless the city has approved the event and adequate safety precautions are implemented, including physical distancing measures. This document explains the city’s interpretation and enforcement of the Governor’s Executive Order.
The city approval process is in effect as long as the Executive Order is in effect.
COVID-19 Video Updates
County & State Resources
- Maricopa County News & Updates
- Updated Case Count in Maricopa County
- Maricopa County Services Impacted
- ADHS - Arizona Department of Health Services
- Office of the Arizona Governor