Scottsdale Update - Aug. 3, 2021


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

The CDC says we're facing "a new war" with COVID-19. The Delta variant is much more contagious than the original strain. As Delta spreads in Maricopa County, more people are testing positive for the virus. In fact, 14 percent of tests came back positive for the most recent week of data. Any number over 10 percent is considered high transmission.  

Researchers say that it's rare, but with this strain, even vaccinated people can get infected. While those breakthrough cases are typically milder, Maricopa County Public Health is reinforcing the message that a layered approach to protection is everyone's best bet. These include vaccines, masks and social distancing.  

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Why vaccines are more important than ever. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and they are our best chance at reducing COVID-19 spread and variants. 

  • The more who are unvaccinated, the more opportunities the virus has to spread. 

  • The more opportunities the virus has to spread, the more opportunities it has to mutate, leading to new variants. 

  • But the more people who are vaccinated, the harder it will be for the virus to spread and mutate. 

No vaccine is 100 percent effective, so health experts expect to see breakthrough cases for people who have been fully vaccinated. Still, for those folks, the data shows the vaccines are doing their jobs by making those breakthrough cases milder and by preventing hospitalizations and deaths. 

Need help talking to a friend or family member who isn't sure about vaccination? Here are resources to help: FAQ page and Made to Save. 

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.


National Weather Service issues excessive heat warning through 8 p.m. Wednesday. Recognize the signs of heat-related stress and avoid strenuous outdoor activity. Excessive sweating, dizziness, headache, nausea/vomiting and weakness are signs of stress. Vista del Camino serves as a cooling station, as do other locations throughout Maricopa County. Call 911 if a person becomes confused, passes out from the heat or stops sweating. Learn more. 

August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month. Every child drowning is preventable -- but sometimes, little can be done for a child once he or she has fallen into the water. Prevention is the cure, and awareness is free. To prevent child drowning, follow the ABC’s of water safety: Active adult supervision when children have access to water; Barriers between children and water; and Classes like CPR and swimming lessons and Coast Guard-approved life vests for new and beginner swimmers. Learn more. 

Watch this week's Fast Five. Scottsdale-born Jagger Eaton earns an Olympic bronze medal, kids can "Slide the Rails" at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park and Scottsdale staff get kudos for their monsoon cleanup efforts. These are just three of five things happening in Scottsdale that you need to know and highlighted in this episode of Fast Five.  

Slide the Rails Saturday at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Join the fun from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, for this wet and wild event – the perfect way to end summer and slide into the new school year. There will be a variety of inflatable water slides and obstacle courses suitable for all ages. New to the event this year will be a bubble foam pit. Cold drinks and tasty treats will be available for purchase. A $10 wristband includes unlimited access to the water attractions, and train and carousel rides. Wristbands are required for everyone 3 and older. Wristbands will be sold onsite the day of the event. 

Scottsdale Water directors win Person of the Year Award. WateReuse Arizona has awarded Water Quality Director Suzanne Grendahl and Water Reclamation Services Director David Walby co-winners of Person of the Year for 2021. They received recognition for their pioneer efforts to establish Arizona’s first Direct Potable Reuse permit at the Advanced Water Treatment Plant that launched in 2019. This groundbreaking achievement has paved the way and created a blueprint for utilities across the country to secure reused water resources for future, long-term sustainability. 

The permit took 18 months to acquire with no established application or criteria yet instituted in the state. It was only the third facility in the country to accomplish this milestone and one of several factors in selecting two people for award. 

The WateReuse Person of the Year Award is bestowed upon an individual who demonstrates leadership and inspires others to use water recycling to create resilient and safe water supplies. This year, due to the collaborate efforts of Grendahl and Walby, the organization presented the award to two individuals. Read more

Captain retires after 40-year legacy in the fire service. Scottsdale Fire Captain Ken Farrell spent 40 years in the fire service running calls in some of the toughest neighborhoods in the Valley. His spent his last 16 years with the Scottsdale Fire Department – the majority at Fire Station 601.  

He served several years in fire prevention learning about building construction and codes. He also served in north Scottsdale where he quickly learned about wildland fires. Farrell is also proud of becoming a paramedic. 

“I’ve truly been blessed in my career. It has been an amazing evolution. I have always strived to learn more, to know as much about my craft as I could," Farrell said. "That translated into me being a captain and passing all of that information to my firefighters.” 

The Scottsdale Public Library assists students in reaching their goals with homework help. Find online access to hundreds of subjects so your children can excel in the classroom. Library staff are available through Ask-a-Librarian to help you get started with research skills and navigating our virtual branch

City offers after-school programs. They're offered for students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade, and they run from school release until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations: 

The cost is $600 for the year or $60 per month. Payment plans are available. Registration is required and may be limited based upon the school your student attends. Get more information and register

Learn how to create income in retirement. From dividend portfolios to annuities, this class will dissect what it takes to create sustainable income and review all investments and techniques commonly used. The free class will be held virtually at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5. Register. Do you have questions? Join us for a live virtual Q&A at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, to pick a financial advisor's brain concerning this topic. Register.  

Senior centers reopen fitness centers, open cards and billiards with limited capacity: 

  • Fitness Centers: One-hour time slots are available with a maximum of six people allowed in each fitness center at a time.  

  • Open Cards: Two blocks of time are available daily, with a maximum of 16 people per block - or four tables of four.  

  • Billiards: Two blocks of time are available daily, with a maximum of eight people per block.  

Reservations for all can be made at 10 a.m. Friday the week before by calling the centers (Granite Reef – 480-312-1700; Via Linda – 480-312-5810) or through Scottsdale's online reservation system

The Brown Bag Program offers eligible Scottsdale seniors a bi-monthly food distribution the first and third Thursday of every month. These food bags include fresh vegetables, breads, canned goods and more. Eligible seniors can pick up an application at either senior center. For more information on eligibility requirements, call Granite Reef Senior Center at 480-312-1700 or Via Linda Senior Center at 480-312-5810. 

Watch SPOKES to learn how employees do their jobs in a unique way. Police cars, fire engines, recycling trucks - city vehicles are some of the most visible signs of government at work. But, in Scottsdale, you'll find city employees doing their jobs a different way. Watch here

Adaptive Services programs start up again in September. Register for plenty of in-person activities coming up in the following months, including: 

  • Bobcats volleyball 

  • Bobcats bocce ball 

  • Chair one fitness 

  • Cooking classes 

  • Friday Night Out (formerly Friday Social Clubs) 

  • Dances 

Learn more about Adaptive Services

Know a person or business that embodies Scottsdale’s spirit? Scottsdale’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission invites you to nominate those that strengthen and build Scottsdale’s community through their commitment to and involvement in neighborhoods. Nominations are open through Dec. 31Learn about last year’s winners

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


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