Scottsdale Update - April 6, 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.

How long does vaccine protection last? All COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be highly effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. However, nobody is sure how long protection lasts. Ongoing clinical trials will help answer that question. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still learning:

  • How well vaccines prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to others, even if you do not have symptoms.

  • How long COVID-19 vaccines protect people.

  • How many people have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before most people can be considered protected (population immunity).

  • How effective the vaccines are against new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.

CDC: Domestic travel is safe for fully vaccinated people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that fully vaccinated people can travel safely within the United States. This means vaccinated people who travel domestically can do so without getting tested or quarantining, unless their destination requires it.

Fully vaccinated people who travel internationally will still be required to get a negative COVID-19 test before returning to the U.S. The CDC also says all travelers, including those who have been fully-vaccinated, should still wear a mask, wash their hands often and maintain six feet of physical distance from other people. See more guidance for fully vaccinated people.

Vaccination events moved indoors as temperatures rise. The county started transitioning to indoor events in recent weeks. Sign up to get notified about neighborhood pop-up events or view a full list of public vaccination sites at

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.


Take precautions in record-breaking heat. The Valley continues to see about a 15-degree-warmer-than-average temperature for this time of year. Scottsdale Fire officials urge you to recognize the signs of heat-related stress and avoid strenuous outdoor activity. Excessive sweating, dizziness, headache, nausea/vomiting and weakness are signs of stress. Get helpful hints.

Snakes alive! As the temperatures rise, so do snake sightings. The warmer weather encourages them to come out and become more active after their winter rest. If you or someone in your presence is bitten by a poisonous snake, call 911 immediately. The Scottsdale Fire Department offers tips on what to do when snakes are in residential areas and how to ensure your safety.

City continues to seek input on the Scottsdale General Plan 2035 Update. The Scottsdale City Council reviewed the Citizen Review Committee draft plan at a series of Work Study Sessions in February and March. Per Council’s request, staff created a version of the draft plan reflecting City Council comments, as well as areas of Council consensus in response to public input received. The community, the Planning Commission and City Council are reviewing the latest version of the draft plan.

City Council requested that staff continue engaging the community on specific items or ideas through self-guided virtual open houses to garner additional public input on:

  • The General Plan amendment criteria;

  • The creation of a Desert Rural Neighborhoods land use designation; and

  • The creation of a new Downtown Core Character Type within Old Town (now depicted unstructured versus defined)

Community members can comment on the latest City Council draft version or learn more about the update process here.

Scottsdale celebrates Earth Day all month. From learning about eco-friendly simple solutions you can do in your everyday life to keeping track of how much waste you create in your own home, there are plenty of ways to learn how we can help our planet. Find all the ways you can participate. Remember to check out Scottsdale Video Network every Friday in April for informative videos from our Sustainable Scottsdale YouTube playlist, including a special extended version on Earth Day, April 22, focusing on the city’s Green Building Programs featuring Anthony Floyd and Mayor Ortega.

Seasonal “Shred It” events resume; attend Saturday. Protect your identity by bringing your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" events. They run from 7-10 a.m. Saturdays, April 10 and May 8, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box.

The old west meets the new west for Western Week, April 10-18. Traditionally held in February, this year’s Western Week will be celebrated April 10–18, offering horse-loads of free fun activities for the entire family. Here are three highlighted events:

  • Gold Palette Artwalk: April’s Gold Palette ArtWalk will be dedicated to a Western Week theme with entertainment, music and special offerings at participating galleries. The free event runs from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in the Scottsdale Arts District (Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard and north of Indian School Road on Marshall Way to 5th Avenue). Learn more.

  • 63rd Annual Hashknife Pony Express arrival. This year marks the 63rd ride for the Hashknife Pony Express, which is the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world. At noon, Friday, April 16, the Hashknife Pony Express arrives inside Scottsdale Stadium to deliver more than 20,000 pieces of mail to the U.S. Postal Service.

  • Arizona Indian Festival. This two-day celebration honors Arizona Indian culture and raises awareness of our state’s indigenous communities through a spirited and immersive festival. Arizona is made up of 22 tribes and most will be featured during the event which runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 17; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 18, on Scottsdale Civic Center. Get details.

Arts center presents Thursday evening film series. This series features five movies that range from music icon documentaries to family-friendly stories for all ages. Enjoy the films under the stars along the greenspace outside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and inside the Virginia G. Piper Theater. Scottsdale Arts is requiring masks indoors and physical distancing outside. Films run at 8 p.m. 8 and 24; and May 8.

Veg out Saturdays at the Old Town Farmers Market. Buy fresh vegetables, fruits and creative crafts at Scottsdale’s Old Town Farmers Market. It’s held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through May. The market is in the public parking lot at 3806 N. Brown Ave.

Appaloosa Library celebrates successful first two weeks of the Pony Express. Scottsdale Public Library introduced this new service in early March to allow registered patrons to enter and use Appaloosa Library, with no library staff on the floor, simply by swiping their library card. Nearly 600 patrons have registered for this service, and more than 400 patrons have come into the library. In addition, about 1,550 items have been checked out from Appaloosa Library in the two weeks since Pony Express opened. Learn more about the library’s newest service here.

City’s emergency manager to serve as regional vice president of professional organization. Scottsdale Emergency Manager Troy Lutrick was appointed to serve as the Region Nine Vice President of the International Association of Emergency Managers. This nonprofit educational organization is dedicated to promoting the principles of emergency management and representing professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters. Troy has extensive experience in emergency management and spent decades in fire safety. Last year, he was accepted into the Executive Leadership Program at the Center for Homeland Security and Defense.

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

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