Scottsdale Update - Aug. 17, 2021


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

Maricopa County continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases, largely due to the more contagious Delta variant. Here’s the seven-day case average over the past month: 

  • Aug. 9: 1,784 cases/day 

  • Aug. 2: 1,551 cases/day 

  • July 9: 456 cases/day 

With this much community spread, we all need to take precautions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone—regardless of vaccination status—wear a mask in public indoor settings. This provides an extra layer of protection that will make an already rare occurrence (breakthrough COVID-19 cases) even less likely. Those who are not vaccinated should continue to wear masks indoors and outdoors around others. 

Vaccines work against the Delta variant. Getting vaccinated is your best bet against the Delta variant that is spreading rapidly in our county. The data show breakthrough cases where a fully-vaccinated person tests positive for COVID-19 are rare. In those rare cases, fully-vaccinated individuals are overwhelmingly avoiding severe illness, hospitalization and death. Another indicator that vaccines work: even though we are seeing case numbers similar to the surge we experienced last summer, deaths are down more than 70 percent. This is further proof that getting fully vaccinated is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and those around you. Learn moreFind a vaccine

Not feeling well? Evaluate these COVID-19 symptoms and consider getting a free COVID-19 test.  

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.


Reminder: Scottsdale City Council meetings are open to the public. City Council and other meetings are open to the public at reduced capacity. To provide physical distance between meeting participants, audience size for meetings in the City Hall Kiva is limited; seats will be available on a first come, first served basis. City Council will meet twice next week: Tuesday, Aug. 24, and Thursday, Aug. 26. View agendas

Flood map changes save property owners money. Mortgage holders of more than 500 northwest Scottsdale properties are now able to cancel their flood insurance due to flood map changes that went into effect July 20.  

The Flood Control District of Maricopa County, in partnership with the cities of Scottsdale and Phoenix, asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to update its Flood Insurance Rate Maps for a portion of both cities to make them more accurate. FEMA’s flood insurance rate maps identify flood hazards, assess flood risks and provide data to guide local stakeholders in taking effective actions, resulting in safer communities.  

Based on these changes, the 100-year floodplain became smaller, removing the floodplain from hundreds of properties. Flood insurance is no longer mandatory for mortgage holders of buildings that are now excluded from the floodplain boundary. Read more

Economic Development releases Resiliency: The 2020/2021 Annual Report. The Economic Development Department released this annual report with reflections on the previous year’s activities and a focus on how the business community pivoted and continued to provide critical services to our residents during the pandemic. Read the report for community and department highlights, quotes from local businesses and a look ahead at how we plan to implement the new five-year economic development strategic plan.

Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list


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