We will not publish Scottsdale Update Monday, Feb. 21, due to Presidents Day.
Scottsdale named first “Smart Cities Readiness Challenge” winner of 2022. Key elements of the program include identifying technology solutions that meet the needs of residents, prioritizing processes that accelerate the deployment of solutions and integrating sound governance practices to promote community engagement and trust. The city will host a collaborative brainstorm event Wednesday, April 6, that engages city staff, community leaders, industry experts and more as they identify innovative smart city solutions to community challenges. Look to Scottsdale Update later for details. Learn more.
Most city offices closed for Presidents Day. Most city offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 21. Garbage/recycling collection will not be affected.
COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers.
Scottsdale remains at high community transmission for 31st straight week; cases continue to trend downward. The city’s COVID-19 case rate has decreased by 39% to 212.4 cases per 100,000 residents (week of Feb. 12). High transmission is defined as greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. This does not include undetected cases of COVID-19, or unreported cases that have only been detected through an at-home test.
According to Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard, 77.9% of eligible Scottsdale residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, and 70.6% are fully vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is your best defense against getting or spreading COVID. Attend a city vaccine site (see below) or find another location.
Vaccines and boosters save lives, and we’re doing our part to help make testing and vaccinations more accessible.
Vincere Cancer Center is administering free COVID-19 testing for active infection (PCR and antigen) at the following locations. Testing is available to everyone, 3 years and older. PCR test results will be available by the end of the next business day via email. Antigen results will be available onsite. Appointments are recommended for testing; walk-ups are accepted.
Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays
Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St.: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays
In partnership with the Maricopa County Public Health Department, Scottsdale Community College offers free testing 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through February. Testing is open to the public and appointments aren’t necessary.
Free vaccine events continue in March at city community centers. We’re offering the Pfizer vaccine (5 and older), and the Janssen and Moderna (both for 18 and older) vaccines. Please note that we canceled the Feb. 25, and March 25 and 28 dates due to increased vaccine availability throughout the county.
Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 11 and 25.
Eldorado Park and Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road: 1-4 p.m. March 14.
Registration is not required; walk-ins are welcome. Please check in no later than 30 minutes before the session ends. Call 602-506-6767 for more information.
Find information about free vaccines, boosters and testing for Scottsdale residents.
COVID-19 self-tests give rapid results and can be taken anywhere, regardless of vaccination or symptomatic status. You get your result in a few minutes, which is different from laboratory-based tests that may take days to return your result. Order self-tests online. Identification, credit card or health insurance information is not needed. Learn more about self-testing.
Don’t delay. Test soon and treat early. If you test positive for COVID-19 and have one or more health conditions that increase your risk of becoming very sick, treatment may be available. Contact a health professional right away after a positive test to determine if you are eligible, even if your symptoms are mild right now. Treatment must be started within the first few days to be effective. Treatments used for COVID-19 should be prescribed by your healthcare provider. People have been seriously harmed and even died after taking products not approved for use to treat or prevent COVID-19, even products approved or prescribed for other uses. Talk to your healthcare provider about what option may be best for you.
THINGS TO DO
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts hosts Heartbeat Opera Fidelio. Fidelio tells the story of a Black activist who is wrongfully incarcerated. Featuring the voices of imprisoned people, this 90-minute adaptation pits corruption against courage, hate against hope. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the center, 7380 E. Second St. Buy tickets.
Join us as we celebrate the 185th birthday of Scottsdale’s Founder Winfield Scott. Discover the storied tales of Scottsdale’s founder and founding at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, on the Community Design Studio patio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. Mayor David D. Ortega, Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble, Community Historian Joan Fudala and Scottsdale Storyteller Bruce Wall will be the featured speakers. Light refreshments will be provided.
Ongoing Events and Activities:
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Support social services through the Alli Ortega Empty Bowls fundraiser, Feb. 22-28. Bid online on hand-crafted bowls created by local artists and Scottsdale Unified School District students. Proceeds benefit various programs including Back to School, Healthy Packs, food bank, Adopt-a-Family, Beat the Heat and more. Last year, 465 families, 320 seniors, and 753 students in Scottsdale were served through these critical programs. We hope to return to an in-person event next year. Learn more.
Scottsdale EZ is here to assist you. Whether it's a broken streetlight, a fresh pothole, a missing trash can, or an out-of-place scooter, our EZ online service makes it simpler for residents to report problems with city facilities or services. Scottsdale EZ allows you quickly report issues on your desktop or mobile device and provides the city with a consolidated tracking and reporting system.
City welcomes Jackie Johnson as its new diversity program director. Johnson will set the strategic direction for Scottsdale’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, integrating diversity with the city’s core mission and values. Johnson’s career has been focused on equitable access in municipal government and education. She earned a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Arizona State University. She is a member of the Arizona State University Mentor Network and certified in diversity and inclusion from Cornell University. Learn more.
Investing in our Scottsdale: Paths closed to facilitate construction of WestWorld Sports Complex. A 0.4-mile portion of the paved multiuse path at WestWorld, between the CAP Canal and McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, will be closed for about a year. An unpaved temporary trail has been constructed and is open adjacent to the closure. Additionally, a 1.4-mile paved detour route follows the sidewalks and bike lanes along 100th Street, Thompson Peak Parkway and McDowell Mountain Ranch Road. Please do not walk or ride in the marked off areas. Learn more about the WestWorld Sports Complex.
Find out about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.