Scottsdale Update - April 20, 2021


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here

Remember, a healthy Scottsdale starts with you. Stay home when you can, practice physical distancing and wash your hands frequently. Find downloadable graphics for social media and request a poster pack for your business or organization.  

COVID-19 cases are rising across the United States. At least 21 states have recorded a 10+ percent rise in daily average positive cases of COVID-19. Maricopa County has seen a slight increase in cases per 100,000 over the past three weeks. Scottsdale remains in substantial spread with counts rising, as well. These trends tell us that the pandemic is not over, and we must all keep our guard up. For the 75 percent of Arizona residents who are not fully vaccinated, that means: 

  • Stay home when you’re sick 

  • Avoid large groups 

  • Wear masks and keep distance in public 

  • Wash hands regularly 

  • Get vaccinated 

For the nearly one million Maricopa County residents who are fully vaccinated, the county encourages you to follow public health guidelines to protect friends, loved ones, coworkers and fellow residents.  

Volunteer and get vaccinated at WestWorld. A large-scale vaccination distribution site will open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily starting Thursday, April 22, at WestWorld. The site will offer 3,000-4,000 daily appointments to the public.  

About 140 volunteers per day are needed to work alongside Cigna’s health care professionals. Volunteers will get breakfast, lunch and snacks. In addition, those who haven’t received the vaccine and would like to, can get it at the end of their shift. This site will likely provide the Pfizer vaccine. Schedule your volunteer shift here

Companies can support vaccine efforts with “Business Partner for a Day/Week Program” at WestWorld site. Support efforts to get not only your employees vaccinated, but the Arizona community at-large. Your company can bring up to 50 non-clinical volunteers per day to support this vaccine site.  

Important information: 

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. 

  • Two shifts are available: 6 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 

  • Food and beverage will be provided during shift. 

  • Most volunteer positions require standing the majority of the shift. 

Those interested can contact Cigna Community Engagement Lead Michele Berg at 480-809-5945. 

Johnson & Johnson vaccine update. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet again Friday to discuss additional data regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration recommended a temporary pause on the use of the J & J vaccine. Of the nearly 7 million doses administered in the United States, a handful of cases reported a rare and severe type of blood clot after receiving this vaccine. All reports occurred among women between18 and 48 years old, and symptoms occurred six to 13 days after vaccination. 

The primary goal of the pause is to understand all of the information available. It’s also important for people to be aware of the potential for this rare adverse event and can recognize and manage this unique type of blood clot. At this time there is not a verified link between the development of blood clots and the J & J vaccine. Learn more

The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.

Follow us on Twitter @ScottsdaleAZgov and Facebook for city COVID-19 updates and other city information.

The city Call Center is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.

Visit to access city services online.


Happy Earth Day, Scottsdale! Scottsdale is proud to be recognized as a Tree City USA community by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 39th year, more times than any other Arizona community.  

For the 51st anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), we set out to plant 51 trees. We surpassed that goal and now we have 86 new trees. Thank you to our hard working maintenance staff for planting all of these trees and taking such good care of our parks! Watch this video to check out some of the trees we’ve planted!  

Tune in to Scottsdale Video Network at 9 a.m. on Earth Day to watch informative sustainable Scottsdale videos including a video premiere discussing Green Building Programs with Anthony Floyd and Mayor Ortega. You can watch it here on our YouTube channel or Cox channels 11 and 1011(HD), and Century Link channel 8001. 

Scottsdale also has partnered with Green Living Magazine to share 30 simple eco-friendly solutions this month on social media along with a fun contest. There’s still time to enter! Post a photo or video on social media sharing what actions you are taking to be more eco-friendly and use the hashtag #ScottsdaleSimpleSolutions. You will win a free 1-gallon native mesquite tree that will be available for pick-up at the Old Town Farmers Market Saturday, April 24. 

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week in Scottsdale. Each year, we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week in Scottsdale to coincide with National Volunteer Week. Mayor David Ortega presented a proclamation and announced this celebration of our volunteers at the April 13 City Council meeting. In pre-pandemic days, we invited the recent William P. Schrader Volunteer Impact Award honorees to join in the presentation. The 2020 William P. Schrader Volunteer Impact Award went to “The Core Four” - Tony Coates, David Murphy, Jill Kanalos and Roger Lurie. Learn more about the Core Four and the city’s Volunteer Program

Safely dump your drugs at the Prescription Drug Take-Back, Saturday. Stop by two Scottsdale locations from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, to properly dispose of unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs. Bring items to the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, or the Foothills District Police Station in the Market Street Plaza at DC Ranch, 20363 N. Pima Road.  

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and health issue. According to a recent survey, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. 

Summer registration is right around the corner! Registration for Parks and Recreation summer classes begins at 8 a.m. Monday, April 26, for residents and 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, for non-residents. Learn more.  

“Riots, Racism and Reconciliation” – understanding our shared experiences. Join us for a virtual dialogue hosted by the Scottsdale Human Relations Commission at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 28. This conversation will review the 2020 Scottsdale riot, local media coverage involving hate crimes and solicit audience stories and conversation so we can better understand these important shared experiences as we continue working toward a Scottsdale for all people. This discussion, moderated by Dr. Joel Martin, will feature content from a TedTalk by Baratunde Thurston to help us explore and better understand the racialized experiences people may have. Register here

Veg out Saturdays at the Old Town Farmers Market. The market features more than 100 local growers and specialty food producers. Find a variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, seasonal specialties, flowers, natural meats and free-range eggs from Arizona growers. You’ll also find cheese, freshly baked artisan breads, jams, tamales, and so much more. The market runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through May, in the public parking lot at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list

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