Scottsdale Update - April 30, 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 on the rise in Maricopa County. COVID-19 cases are trending upward in Maricopa County. Our seven-day case average as of April 24 is 510 cases per day, up from 363 cases per day on March 24.  View the dashboard. Take proven measures to reduce your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19: 

  • Get vaccinated 

  • Stay home when you’re sick 

  • Avoid large groups 

  • Wear masks 

  • Practice good hygiene 

Vaccine appointments readily available; WestWorld accepting walk-ins. 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. 

Do vaccines protect against new variants? New virus variants that cause COVID-19 have emerged. Some spread easier from person-to-person than the strains we saw earlier in the pandemic. This means people who aren’t vaccinated could be at a higher risk to get the virus. The good news is that current data suggest that COVID-19 vaccines used in the United States should work against the new variants. County health experts urge everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and the people who cannot get vaccinated yet, like children. 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.


Short Term Rental Working Group is seeking ideas. The ability for city governments to regulate short-term rental properties was pre-empted by the Arizona State Legislature in 2016. Although the city's ability to regulate these properties is severely limited, Scottsdale has convened a community working group to dig into the topic and offer creative solutions for future City Council consideration. 

The Scottsdale Short Term Rental Working Group includes Councilmember Linda Milhaven who says, "The purpose of this working group is not to hear more complaints, but to roll up our sleeves and identify ways the city can work within the current law to improve monitoring and enforcement of regulations and ensure that Scottsdale is doing everything it can to manage the impacts from short-term rentals." 

The Scottsdale Short Term Rental Working Group next meets May 5. The group comprises residents, councilmembers and representatives from the hotel and tourism sectors.& Although meetings are being held remotely under COVID-19 policies, the public can watch and listen live, and sign-up top to comment during the meeting. 

Scottsdale recognized for distinguished budget presentation. An independent panel of peer reviewers from across the United States and Canada awarded the city the “Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.” The award is the highest form of recognition in government budgeting. It's earned by publishing a budget document that meets criteria as a policy document, a financial plan as an operations guide and as a communications device. This is the 31st consecutive year the city has received this prestigious award.

Scottsdale joins the Bloomberg Cities’ Global Mayors Challenge. Scottsdale is one of 631 cities from 99 countries to submit an application to the 2021 Bloomberg Cities’ Global Mayors Challenge. This challenge seeks innovative solutions focused on various categories. Scottsdale’s focus is on the health and well-being of seniors. We’re seeking solutions to connect seniors to social circles and support services through video portals in their homes to reduce senior isolation and support aging-in-place. Submissions will be judged on their vision, impact, implementation and transferability. If Scottsdale is selected as one of 50 finalists in June, the city will receive funding and expert support to improve upon the submission and compete for one of 15 grand prizes. Grand prize winners will be awarded $1 million and support from Bloomberg Cities to bring ideas to fruition. 

Watch Veterans AZ episode 2 – “Remembering the Fallen.” This episode features an interview with Maj. Jim Geiser, USMC (Ret.), a longtime Scottsdale resident and Vietnam veteran who has dedicated his post service life to honoring the Fallen – fellow veterans who died in military service to the nation. Learn about his involvement creating the Arizona State University Veterans Memorial Wall, and about his latest project - the Scottsdale Memorial For the Fallen. You will also meet Jan Scruggs, a man who channeled his traumatic experience in Vietnam to create one of the most meaningful and impactful memorials in the world – the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

Recycle your unwanted electronics Saturday. 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

Attend a virtual green building webinar on the power of solar. Interested in going solar but don't know where to start? Join the nonprofit organization Solar United Neighbors for a "Solar 101" webinar to learn how solar works, what it costs and how to save by going solar with your neighbors. This free webinar runs from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 6. Attend a virtual green building webinar on the power of solar. Interested in going solar but don't know where to start? Join the nonprofit organization Solar United Neighbors for a "Solar 101" webinar to learn how solar works, what it costs and how to save by going solar with your neighbors. This free webinar runs from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 6. Register

The “Beat the Heat” program is still accepting donations. Bring summer relief to low-income, homebound and isolated seniors. Donations can be dropped off at Via Linda Senior Center through May 28. Learn more and get a full list of needed items

Did you miss the “Riots, Racism and Reconciliation” Town Hall? Dr. Joel Martin recently moderated this town hall hosted by the city’s Human Relations Commission. Participants discussed the 2020 Scottsdale riot and local media coverage. If you missed the live discussion, you can watch the replay.  

Senior centers host phone discussion groups. Call in at 2 p.m. Thursdays for various discussions. Here’s the May lineup:  

  • May 6 – Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number: What do you think the best age is and why? With a few years under our belts, we know the positives of getting older. Which age did you enjoy most? 

  • May 13 – Dear Abby: What’s the best advice you can share with others? How did you learn this life lesson? 

  • May 20 – Million Dollar Baby: Celebrate “National Be a Millionaire Day” with us. When you think of being a millionaire, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? 

  • May 27 – Eat My Words: Share your favorite and least favorite foods and meals. We want to know, if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Access discussions by: 

  • Calling 480-378-2354 

  • Listening for the prompts 

  • Pressing 409 832 787 # 

National Library Week bookmark design contest winners revealed. Residents submitted more than 60 designs using the theme “Welcome to Your Library.” The library will print and distribute one winning design from each age category. View submissions

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

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