Scottsdale Update - Aug. 31, 2021


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

When should you get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 vaccines are working very well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death, even against the widely spreading Delta variant. However, with the Delta variant, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection against mild and moderate disease. For this reason, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is planning for a booster shot campaign so vaccinated people maintain protection over the coming months. 

The CDC's goal is for people to start receiving a COVID-19 booster shot beginning in the fall, with individuals being eligible starting eight months after they received their second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna. This is subject to authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and recommendation by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Learn more

What you should know about children and the Delta variant. The Delta variant is infecting more children than earlier strains of COVID-19. Maricopa County Public Health’s latest data show one in four COVID-19 cases are among children and one in six cases are among children younger than 12 years old -- this group cannot get vaccinated yet. Maricopa County Public Health is seeing cases increase significantly with the start of school, and there are three times as many school outbreaks now as there were at during the previous peak in February 2021. View school outbreak data. 

What you should know about natural immunity. Some people believe that they don’t need a vaccine if they’ve already had COVID-19. The truth is, natural immunity only provides protection against the strain of the virus one gets, and it does not provide protection that is as strong as getting the vaccine. Research on pre-existing immunity and mRNA vaccines shows that individuals who are vaccinated after recovering from COVID-19 had an immune response 1,000 times stronger after being vaccinated than those who are not vaccinated, and that the vaccine provides some immunity against other COVID-19 strains that do not occur after natural infection. Read more

If you have COVID-like symptoms (which can appear similar to the common cold), you should get tested for COVID-19. Demand for testing has increased in recent weeks, so if you need a site, you can find ongoing locations and special testing events 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.


The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch through Wednesday night. The city offers a variety of safety tips and resources to help you better prepare. During heavy rains, the safest strategy is to stay in place – remain in your home or place of business. Don’t travel unless you have to. Obey all signs and avoid low-lying areas. Do not cross running water. Learn more. In addition, learn about sandbag alternatives for properties prone to flooding.  

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is open from sunrise to sunset. But wet and muddy trails are vulnerable to damage from boots, hooves and tires. There’s no definitive rule on when it’s okay to hit the trails after a monsoon, but a good rule of thumb is if you are leaving tracks, it’s still too wet. Stop and turn around. 

Wednesday is “Second Responders Day of Appreciation” Second responders provide support to people in the wake of a crisis, including assistance with access to safe shelter and housing, employment, food and other community resources.    

These professionals and many others in the community work to help residents get back on their feet and put their lives back together after a crisis. They have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure people connect to the resources they need to survive and to thrive. Let’s thank them for all they do to support the community. Check out our FacebookTwitter and Instagram feeds to meet these local heroes.   

Public art sculptures to be moved beginning Wednesday in preparation for Civic Center renovation. Construction is expected to begin in October on the $27.3 million Scottsdale Civic Center renovation. Scottsdale voters approved funding for the project in the 2019 bond election. Scottsdale Public Art will move 10 sculptures from the area; some works will be permanently moved to different city-owned locations while others will be stored at secure city facilities. Additionally, two pieces will undergo restoration. Learn more about the moveLearn more about the renovation project.

Scottsdale seeks input for Transportation Action Plan. How can the city improve traffic flow, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and transit options over the next 10 years? These and other key questions are being evaluated as Scottsdale drafts its 2021 Transportation Action Plan, which will guide the city’s transportation priorities, investments and programs over the next decade.  

As part of the process, the city is seeking input from Scottsdale residents, business owners and people who work in the city. Providing input is easy – visit and search “TAP” to find a link to the online questionnaire along with links to supporting material and information. Read more

The state of Arizona has announced a new grant program for employers with 5-25 employees. The state launched the “Back to Work Small Business Hiring and Retention Program” to help small, locally-owned or operated businesses hire and retain employees. It funds up to $10,000, and 25 percent of the awarded amount may be used for other business expenses. Special consideration will be made to businesses that are located in wildfire and flood impacted areas. Learn more and apply.


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