We will not publish Scottsdale Update Friday, Dec. 25. Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!
New schedule for reporting COVID-19 case numbers. Maricopa County Public Health is now reporting new COVID-19 case counts at 9 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The Tuesday numbers will reflect cases that were reported on the previous Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Case counts will continue to be available on the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard here.
How will Pfizer and Moderna vaccines be used in Maricopa County? During Phase 1A in Maricopa County, the Pfizer vaccine is being used to serve frontline healthcare workers. Once the Moderna vaccine arrives, it will be used at long-term care facilities. Learn more.
All five COVID-19 vaccination sites for healthcare workers in Maricopa County are now up and running. In addition to the two that opened last week, three more Point of Dispensing (POD) sites are open. These PODs are designated for eligible Phase 1A healthcare workers. Learn more.
Phase 1B/1C vaccination information. There is no sign-up or pre-screen available for phases beyond 1A. More information about vaccine eligibility and the vaccine distribution process for populations prioritized in Phases 1B and 1C will be shared as soon as it becomes available. Learn more about when you may be able to get vaccinated.
Do you need to wear a mask even if you’ve received the vaccine? While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop the spread, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccinations and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.
Congress passes a new coronavirus $900 billion relief package. This relief package was attached to a federal funding bill, which will keep the federal government running until Oct. 1, 2021. The bill is awaiting the president’s signature, which is expected today. The legislation continues funding for most of the programs designated in the earlier stimulus package, but at lower levels in some cases. In addition, several provisions, such as eviction protection that were set to expire on Dec. 31, have been extended. Relief package funding includes assistance for unemployment, $600 checks for qualifying individuals, small business, transportation, housing, education/childcare, broadband, vaccine testing and tracing and more. Get details here.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
The city Call Center is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.
IN OTHER NEWS
Engaging in Local Government Leaders organization names city employee No. 1 top local government influencer. Police Planning & Research Manager Cassie Johnson received the honor, and four more employees made the top 100 list: Megan Lynn, Kelly Corsette, Cindi Eberhardt and Kari Johnson. Scottsdale is a member of the Engaging Local Government Leaders organization. ELGL exists to engage the brightest minds in local government, and celebrates the those who serve their communities.
Learn more about the recognized employees:
Nonprofit Community Celebrating Diversity names 2021 Diversity Champions. Former Scottsdale Community College President Dr. Jan Gehler and recently retired Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell will be honored at the virtual 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Jan. 14. Diversity Champions are individuals who exemplify King’s philosophy and “have enriched the community by empowering others.”
Gehler became Scottsdale Community College’s second president after Dr. Art DeCabooter. She had 21 years in higher education prior to joining the Community College District and retired in 2018 after 10 years at SCC. Rodbell is a police executive with 45 years of experience in law enforcement administration. His most recent 17 years were spent as Scottsdale’s chief. Under his leadership, Scottsdale achieved double digit reductions in crime. Learn more about Gehler and Rodbell.
Ken E. Nwadike, Jr. is the featured 2021 speaker for the event. He is a peace activist, motivational speaker and video journalist known as the Free Hugs Guy. View the free event on Jan. 14.
Most city offices closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 and 18. Please note that trash and/or recycling collection for Christmas and New Year’s moves from Friday, Dec. 25, to Saturday, Dec. 26; and Friday, Jan. 1, to Saturday, Jan. 2, respectively. Collection does not change for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Monday, Jan. 18.
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.
Scottsdale program puts homeless to work. Scottsdale Works is a new program to provide employment and access to resources to homeless individuals. Inspired by a similar program in Glendale, Scottsdale Works is a partnership between the city's Human Services Department and Phoenix Rescue Mission, a faith-based nonprofit providing services for people struggling with homelessness, drug addiction and trauma. The Scottsdale program, which runs three days a week, pays five participants minimum wage for five hours of work with the city’s Brick-by-Brick Program. Workers produce earthen bricks that can later be used to construct city projects or housing for the homeless. Source: Scottsdale Progress
Scottsdale’s signature holiday celebration continues through December. Scottsdazzle continues this month with various holiday celebrations. Newly imagined events allow residents and visitors to safely revel in the magic of the holidays. Get information on all the Scottsdazzle happenings. Get a glimpse of Scottsdazzle by watching this!
Get your caboose to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Holiday Lights. Experience the magic of the holiday season – safely – on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad as the park lights up Scottsdale with a winter wonderland. Holiday Lights runs most nights from 6:30-9 p.m. through Jan. 3, 2021. There are several big changes to this year’s event that will provide a safe and physically-distanced environment. Tickets for Holiday Lights are $15, with free admission for children two years old and younger. Watch this – you won’t want to miss it!
Sewer fees based on December, January and February usage. Sewer charges are recalculated annually in July based on your average water use billed in December, January and February. If your water usage during these months is not a true reflection of the actual water discharged to the city’s sewer system -- you filled a pool or planted a winter lawn -- you may appeal your sewer charges by completing a sewer charge adjustment request.
Nominate a person or organization that embodies the Scottsdale spirit. Scottsdale’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission wants to showcase the people and organizations that embody the “Spirit of Scottsdale.” This award recognizes residents and organizations/businesses that help to strengthen and build Scottsdale’s community through their commitment to and involvement in neighborhoods. Fill out your nomination by Dec. 31.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.