COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.
Scottsdale sees third straight week of increases. According to the Maricopa County Schools Dashboard, Scottsdale case rates increased to 181 per 100,000 residents the week of July 18. We are in high transmission, defined as more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents. For context, 181 cases per 100,000 means that there are about 471 new cases within the population of Scottsdale over a seven-day period. This is the highest case rate since Jan. 31.
Based on Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard, vaccination rates continue to rise slightly. It shows 64.7 percent of Scottsdale residents received at least the first dose, while 59.2 percent have been fully vaccinated. Let’s build a community of immunity. Do you or someone you know need a COVID-19 vaccination? Here’s where to go.
COVID-19 community transmission in the U.S. is high. The current seven-day average daily new cases is 89,463. This is a 43.3 percent increase from the previous week and a 678.6 percent increase from the lowest average in June 2021.
COVID-19 vaccines can help end the pandemic. Vaccines are safe and effective and help protect against COVID-19 and variants, including the Delta. If you’ve been in the “wait and see” group, Maricopa County Public Health encourages you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Find facts and resources.
Have you been around someone who has COVID-19? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you get tested three-to-five days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following an exposure or until your test result is negative. Isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.
It’s safe and recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccine, even if you’ve already had COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccinations are an effective way to boost your immune system and help prevent serious illness if you get COVID-19 again. Learn more.
Scottsdale Arts showcases the sad impact of COVID-19. Pinnacle High School student Marley Tobin's “The Empty Chairs” represents the millions who have died from COVID-19 worldwide. Tobin was part of the 2020–21 Visions program, which is showing its artworks in the Visions '21 exhibition at the Center Space. Learn more.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
ADOT warns of weekend freeway closure that affects Scottsdale. Eastbound Loop 101 Pima Freeway will be closed from Tatum Boulevard to Pima Road from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9. This includes all eastbound ramps in this segment. The Arizona Department of Transportation is widening and improving Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT.
Check out Podsdale Episode 9 – Podsdale, you are cleared for takeoff! Hop on board and get the inside scoop on all things aviation – from the history of the airport and its impacts on Scottsdale, to current improvement projects and everything in between. Listen on YouTube, or on your favorite podcast app, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and more!
Job seekers invited to a Marriott Hotels hiring event at Vista del Camino. This event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 7700 E. Roosevelt St. Positions include: front desk, customer service, security, concierge, housekeeping, maintenance and more. Sign up for an interview at 480-312-0060 or VistaCareerCenter@ScottsdaleAZ.gov. Get your application started at Jobs.Marriott.com. Come to the interview dressed to impress with an updated resume.
Learn about the inner workings of city government. Sign up today for the final in a series of Scottsdale 360 classes. This free virtual learning series highlights the people, policies and programs that shape our community. The final class is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, when Community Services - Human Services, Libraries and Parks and Recreation Leadership will share how their programs demonstrate commitment to those they serve through creating a vibrant, connected and active community.
Attend a virtual film screening and conversation - “Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek.” In a time when we’ve come to question what it means to hope, this award-winning film tells a story of the resilience and determination in a community faced with insurmountable odds. The film runs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. Cost is $5. Learn more and buy tickets.
Scottsdale by the numbers:
The annual Back-to-School program served 802 Scottsdale students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Each participant received a week’s worth of food and a backpack filled with school supplies, socks, underwear, a gift card for clothing and a voucher for a new pair of shoes.
Nearly 3,900 people registered for this his year’s Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales. Of that, almost 2,000 completed the program by earning 1,000 points or more. Collectively, participants read 3.6 million minutes. This was a 39 percent increase in registrations and 20 percent increase in completions compared with last year.
Through the Kids Café, the library distributed more than 500 lunches during June and July. Scottsdale Unified School District, with support and funding from the Arizona Department of Education and the United States Department of Agriculture, provided the lunches.
Youth summer camps served 4,800 first-through-eighth graders over seven weeks.
Police collected and safely destroyed 75 pounds of prescription drugs at the recent Drug Take-Back event.
Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.