Scottsdale Update - April 27, 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.  

Vaccine appointments readily available; WestWorld accepting walk-ins. Yesterday, nearly 60,000 COVID-19 vaccination appointments of 74,000 that opened Friday were still available at three state sites, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Those looking to get vaccinated in Scottsdale can do so at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road. This large-scale vaccination distribution site is open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through June 30. The site offers 3,000-4,000 daily appointments to the public. The site accepts walk-ins. 

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ urged those who haven't received their first dose to schedule an appointment at or walk-in at the WestWorld location. “COVID-19 vaccines are safe, highly effective, free, and available — often on the same day — at state vaccination sites serving the most-populous areas of the state,” Christ said in a written statement. “We need more Arizonans to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families, and the community.”  

CDC updates mask guidelines for vaccinated people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled updated guidelines today detailing activities that vaccinated people can safely resume, including attending small outdoor gatherings without the need to wear a mask. The new “interim public health recommendations” detail a variety of situations in which fully vaccinated individuals can forgo wearing a mask, but urged the continued use of masks in most indoor settings and in crowded outdoor settings. 

The CDC and FDA have lifted the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Of the nearly seven million J&J doses administered so far in the United States, a small number of cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot have been reported in people after receiving this vaccine. Most of those cases were in women younger than 50. At this time there is no verified link between the development of blood clots and the J&J vaccine. All individuals 18 and older are eligible to receive the J&J vaccine, but there will be new advisories for women younger than 50 to consider when deciding which vaccine to get. 

Learn about the different ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines. You read labels to see what’s in your food. It makes sense that you might want to know what ingredients are in COVID-19 vaccines. Public health agencies have posted that information publicly for all three vaccines authorized for emergency use. Get details:  

Get more vaccine facts and information

Back to the basics: How vaccines work. COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get sick with COVID-19. They are highly effective at preventing serious illness. 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.


Governor appoints Scottsdale Water executive director to prestigious commission. Gov. Doug Ducey recently appointed Scottsdale Water Executive Director Brian Biesemeyer to serve as a commissioner on the Arizona Water Protection Fund. The fund  is a competitive state grant program that provides an annual source of funding to restore, maintain and enhance river and riparian resources throughout Arizona. This includes projects that benefit fish and wildlife that are dependent on these important resources. The commissioners oversee the funding process.  

To date, the commission has invested in 237 projects and contributed about $47 million toward the restoration, protection and enhancement of river and riparian resources in Arizona. As a result, Arizona citizens have realized many benefits from these investments through improvements in water quality, in-stream flows/water supplies, biodiversity, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, flood control and overall watershed health.   

Recycle your unwanted electronics May 1. The city’s Solid Waste Department will host an electronics recycling event from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the city’s North Corp Yard. Residents may drop off any unwanted electronic items, including flat-panel TVs and computer monitors, personal computers and laptops, printers and copiers, cell phones, and a variety of other items. Get a complete list of accepted items and learn more

Watch Scottsdale’s Fast Five video. Public Affairs Specialist Stephanie Hirata provides five fast news items about Scottsdale, including the city’s passage of an anti-discrimination ordinance, the start of Parks and Recreation summer registration and the retirement of the city’s chief information officer. Watch here

Bloomberg Cities recognizes city volunteer Hank Carmean as Innovator of the Week. City of Scottsdale volunteer Hank Carmean was recognized as the Bloomberg Cities’ Innovator of the Week. This honor, which recognizes one local government innovator each week globally, does not come as a surprise to those who have the opportunity to work with Hank. Assistant City Manager Brent Stockwell considers Hank “a shining example of how people can serve their community through working alongside employees and sharing their valuable experience and expertise.” In his 10 years of volunteering with the city, Hank has facilitated numerous process improvements, trained employees on performance management and been a valuable member of the High Performance and Innovation Team. 

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


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