Scottsdale Update - Feb. 2, 2021


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

Good news, bad news. The good news is that COVID-19 case counts and
positive hospital inpatient visits are decreasing. The bad news is that Arizona still has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data make it clear that we all still need to take consistent, preventive measures to slow the spread and protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Maricopa County vaccination update. Here’s what Maricopa County Public Health and its partners have done with the local vaccine supply:

  • It developed the processes needed to vaccinate large numbers of people quickly and launched six point of distribution sites across the county, some of which deliver as many as 4,000 doses per day.

  • In the first five weeks of operation, these sites delivered more than 223,000 vaccine doses. 

  • Public Health is scheduling second doses for approximately 45,000 people who received their first vaccination at the Chandler and Goodyear sites through Jan. 20.

  • In addition to Chandler and Goodyear sites, Grand Canyon University will serve as a location for second dose appointments. It is more accessible for those who rely on public transportation or do not have their own car.

  • Public Health has also distributed Moderna vaccine supplies to providers who are vaccinating other priority groups including: 

As additional vaccine becomes available, more appointments and locations will open. For questions about eligibility, visit

How the mRNA vaccines work. mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies. Find out more.

What to know about COVID-19 variants. You may have heard about new strains of COVID-19 that are beginning to appear in the United States. Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed three cases of the so-called “UK variant” here. Scientists believe this strain spreads more easily than previous strains, which could cause more cases and lead to more people being hospitalized. However, we don’t know whether the United Kingdom variant causes more severe disease; scientists are still learning about this strain. The COVID-19 vaccines will still be effective at preventing disease caused by this strain. Learn more.

COVID-19 from a nurse’s point of view. Maricopa County Public Health recently interviewed a Valleywise Health ICU nurse who said COVID-19 patients are the sickest patients she has seen in her career. Watch her message about why we still need to take this virus seriously.

Maricopa County data now searchable by school. The “school tab” on the county’s data dashboard now includes a breakdown by school type (high school, elementary, etc.). Parents looking for the latest information about COVID-19 transmission in their school district, ZIP code or city can find it 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.


Plug into Electronics Recycling Collection Day, Saturday. Scottsdale residents can recycle unwanted electronics from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the city's Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment.

Learn about the chemistry of color. Join us at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, on the library's YouTube channel to experience an explosion of color changing magic through chemical reactions. Use everyday household items to conduct your own experiments!

Senior stretch! Senior Services’ Tracey Durso demonstrates how to stay limber and active while focusing on flexibility from head to toe. Stretches can be done standing or with the assistance of a chair. Find videos on the Senior Services Facebook page.

Senior Center hosts weekly online discussion groups. Join us at 10 a.m. Wednesdays to discuss important issues happening in your life. This discussion group is an open dialogue about local, state and federal politics. Participate via webcam or phone. Call the Granite Reef Senior Center at 480-312-1700 to receive the meeting link for the group.

Rocket the dog joins Scottsdale Police Department. The Scottsdale Police Department brought on its second Crisis Response K9. Rocket is the first police K9 assigned to a school resource officer in Maricopa County. He joins Officer Devon Lines at Chaparral High School and will travel to other schools as needed. The dog’s duties include providing comfort to victims, calming high stress situations and bridging gaps with community members. Meet Rocket.

Make sure to pick up after your pet when hiking in the preserve! Watch Leo’s doggie doos and don’ts.

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


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