Scottsdale Update- Dec. 18, 2020


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

Remember, a healthy Scottsdale starts with you. Stay home when you can, practice physical distancing, cover your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently. Find downloadable graphics for social media and request a poster pack for your business or organization.

COVID-19 vaccinations begin! Healthcare heroes continue to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Many received the first of two doses yesterday at two dispensing sites. This is a truly historic effort, and Maricopa County Public Health thanks partners and volunteers for their work in administering vaccines safely and efficiently. 

The work continues for Phase 1A of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Doses are being distributed to eligible healthcare personnel at five regional Points of Dispensing (PODs) across the county in conjunction with Abrazo Health, Banner Health, Dignity Health, HonorHealth, Mayo Clinic, and Valley wise Health. If you’re a frontline worker, see if you’re eligible to get vaccinated, and start the registration process by visiting

How will people get vaccinated beyond Phase 1? The county expects as many as one million people will be eligible for vaccinations in Phases 1B and 1C, based on priority populations suggested in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Playbook. Discussions about potential distribution methods are ongoing. With such a large number of people to vaccinate, distribution may include vaccine availability at pharmacies and some large employers.

FDA clears way for approval of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. A second COVID-19 vaccine is one step closer to public distribution.  On Thursday, Dec. 17, a federal panel recommended that the Food and Drug Administration grant an Emergency Use Authorization to Moderna for its COVID-19 vaccine. If the FDA agrees, doses of the vaccine could arrive in Arizona in a matter of days. Learn more.

How much will it cost to get vaccinated? There will be no cost to get the COVID-19 vaccine regardless of insurance status. In early December, Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order (2020-58) that ensures Arizonans can receive the COVID-19 vaccine for free as long as the state's public health emergency declaration is in effect. View vaccination information.

The COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19:

  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has outlined 8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program here.

COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic:

  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. But experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risks of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweigh any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccinations will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.

  • Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about. The CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

  • Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.

  • The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.

  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccinations may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, the CDC will continue to update recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.

Holiday shopping tips. Still have some gifts to buy? If so, you might consider skipping the hustle and bustle of busy stores and taking advantage of options that lower your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19:

  • Shop online if possible.

  • Use contactless services for purchased items, like curbside pick-up.

  • Shop in open air markets, stay 6 feet away from others and wear a mask.

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.


Understanding Scottsdale’s Recreational Marijuana Ordinance. With November’s passage of Proposition 207, recreational marijuana is legal to use in Arizona. The city adopted a recreational marijuana ordinance (No. 4484) Nov. 30, while statewide regulations are still being developed. Violations of this ordinance may result in penalties ranging from Class 1 misdemeanors to civil offenses. Find examples of situations or locations where marijuana use is prohibited in Scottsdale.

It’s Cure Corridor Month. The 8th annual Cure Corridor will be acknowledged in a different way this year. We’ve partnered with HonorHealth and Cigna to bring a robust schedule of impactful activities including webinars, interviews with influential Cure Corridor companies and a keynote speaker session with New York Times best-seller and podcast extraordinaire Dr. Michael Osterholm. The Scottsdale Cure Corridor is healthcare and bio-life science industries which run east/west along Shea Boulevard and north/south along Scottsdale Road Get details.

City employees bring holiday cheer to residents with Holiday Howdy Parade! This first-ever event starts at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Similar to the GAIN Parade in October, there will be five parades weaving through various neighborhoods. Pack a picnic and party with the parade … we encourage residents to physically distance with their neighbors in their driveways or safely along the various parade routes. Learn more about the event and parade routes.

Register for virtual Neighborhood College classes. Your health is our No. 1 priority. That’s why we’re continuing Scottsdale Neighborhood College courses virtually via Zoom. Classes are free and open to all residents, but registration is required to receive the link to connect. There are two course tracks: The HOA/Condo Series and The Stories of Scottsdale’s History Series. Get dates, class details and registration information.

Angel MedFlight donates $20K to support Paiute Neighborhood Center families. Scottsdale’s Paiute Neighborhood Center will launch two new programs to help families with young children, thanks to the generosity of Angel MedFlight and the support of Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane. Angel MedFlight, a local air ambulance company, donated $20,000 to the Paiute Neighborhood Center due to CEO Andrew Bess’s desire to invest in programs and policies that promote racial sensitivity, social justice and the elimination of inequalities in Scottsdale. The neighborhood center provides social, recreational, cultural and educational programs and services to those in need. 

A portion of the donation will be used to offer ESL classes for parents, along with childcare while they are attending classes. The Paiute Neighborhood Center plans to host three eight-week sessions with hopes to improve English skills for 45 people over the next year. The second part of the grant will fund childcare for infants and preschool-aged children. Both programs are expected to begin in early 2021.

Read more about the Paiute Neighborhood Center at, search “Paiute” and learn about Partners for Paiute.

The annual Yule Log returns on Scottsdale Video Network! Experience the delightful ambiance of a glowing fireplace that burns cheerfully throughout the evening and morning. The mesmerizing flames are accompanied by holiday music that is sure to warm your home. You can enjoy the festive fireplace starting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, through midnight Dec. 25. Livestream or watch on Cox channels 11 and 1011(HD) or Century Link channel 8001.

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


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