Scottsdale Update - Feb. 5, 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.

Case counts in Scottsdale decreasing, but we’re not in the clear yet. The latest case count in Scottsdale is 394.86 cases per 100,000 people (or roughly 1,547 cases among the city’s population of approximately 260,000). The data, which is reported with a two-week lag, shows a decrease of 98.42/cases per 100,000 since the prior period. However, this is still the fourth highest week of the last 31 weeks.

The city has been in the category of substantial community spread for 14 straight weeks. The surrounding communities of Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Glendale and Peoria all have a higher case counts per 100,000 people than Scottsdale, according to the latest data.

Stop the spread during the big game. Got big game plans? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares ways to create a safe experience for friends and family:

  • Host a virtual event. Have some fun with it. Wear every piece of fan gear you own and decorate your house. Start a text chain to banter back and forth with friends.

  • Keep it in the family. Get everyone in the house involved with cooking and game-prep.

  • If you're hosting a small gathering, do it outside. Set up a projector or patio TV to ensure guests can sit at least 6-feet apart.

See more tips here.

Face coverings required on public transit, rideshare vehicles, transit hubs. Traveling on public transportation increases a person’s risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 by bringing people in close contact with others, often for prolonged periods, and exposing them to frequently touched surfaces. Air travel often requires spending time in security lines and busy airport terminals. Travel by bus, train, and other conveyances used for international, interstate or intrastate transportation poses similar challenges. Remember, Scottsdale Mayor David D. Ortega reestablished Scottsdale’s face covering requirement when he took office in January. Read more about the CDC requirement.

Get notified of vaccine events coming to your area. Maricopa County Public Health is working to set up targeted vaccination events in the next two-to-four-weeks for those 75 and older. If you want to be vaccinated at one of those events, please fill out this brief survey. We will contact you when there are events in your area and provide information about how to schedule an appointment. 

Sign up for V-safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging people to sign up for V-safe after receiving their vaccines. V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that sends a personalized text check-in to gather information about vaccine side effects. You'll also get a reminder when it's time for your second dose.

Beware of the vaccine selfie. Getting your vaccine card is an important moment for so many people, but don't post it on social media. It contains your name and birthdate, which is valuable info for identity thieves. Learn more.

Coping with pandemic fatigue? Managing the many stressors triggered by the pandemic doesn’t necessarily get easier with time; it may even get harder. As we continue to navigate the challenges, it can feel like we’re on an exhausting emotional marathon with no finish line in sight. Johns Hopkins’ Psychologist Carisa Parrish provides tips to keep up these effective practices, avoid coronavirus “safety fatigue” or “burnout,” and protect yourself, your family and others from COVID-19.

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.


“Black History is American History” – celebrating National Black History Month. We acknowledge National Black History Month with a reminder that black history is American history. This month we encourage you to learn more about the experiences of African American/Black Americans and celebrate their contributions to science, public leadership, music, technology, environmental, businesses and so many others. Please remember as we continue to develop our conversations with one another and learn about the insights of others, empathy and kindness are values Scottsdale promotes year ‘round because they foster respect and civility.

Join the celebration this month by learning something new, having an experience you’ve never had before or just checking out the wide variety of information available through the Scottsdale Public Library. Here’s one place to start: TEDWomen 2016, “The racial politics of time” with Brittney Cooper.

February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of adults in the United States. The American Heart Association recently noted that there has been a decline in awareness around heart disease in women – too many women, particularly our youngest most diverse women, remain unaware. Learn more about heart disease in women.

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.

Gold Palette ArtWalk features “Artistic Variety” Thursday. Old Town Scottsdale’s Arts District boasts an array of artistic talent across multiple mediums which will be showcased for this special art walk from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. From local to international talent across mediums including sculpture, painting, resin, steel, pottery, glass, jewelry, 3D, small and large format and more … art of nearly any form and style can be found here. COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

Participate in a virtual General Plan Update Open House. The first in a series of virtual open houses runs Thursday, Feb. 18, at three times: 8-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. Content will be the same for each time slot. Participants will hear a brief presentation about the plan, followed by a question and answer series then a feedback submission opportunity. If registration is closed, or if this specific date and time(s) does not work for you, please be on the lookout for future dates and times when additional online Open House registration opportunities will be posted. Register on the General Plan Update page.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Scottsdale Sister Cities. The Scottsdale Sister Cities Association is partnering with the Musical Instrument Museum to celebrate the Chinese New Year along with our sister city – Haikou, China. The Zoom social hour will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, and feature the museum’s Asia Curator Dr. Eddie Hsu. Hsu will discuss Chinese Sizhu instruments and play Sizhu music that is typically performed during Chinese New Year. Get more information and register.

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!

Scottsdale Senior Services won't let COVID-19 stop Cupid. Senior Center Recreation Programmer Anthony Harrington has designed a COVID-friendly way to make sure Scottsdale’s most vulnerable population can safely feel the love this Valentine’s Day. In partnership with Scottsdale Unified School District, the Senior Services team will deliver hundreds of cards created by elementary school children to local senior living facilities and homebound seniors.

Neighborhood College has 350 registrants for virtual classes. Nine free classes include topics on homeowner association topics and stories of Scottsdale’s history. Learn more about the classes and how you can register.

Memorial bench and tree program spruces up public spaces. Eleven benches and nine trees have been planted and placed in Scottsdale parks since the beginning of July as part of the memorial bench and tree program. This program offers a lasting way to honor a loved one – whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or a death. Learn more about the program here.

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


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