Scottsdale Update - Feb. 9, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE

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.

Learn about new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are circulating globally. Information about the characteristics of these variants is rapidly emerging. Scientists are working to learn more about how easily they spread, whether they could cause more severe illness and whether currently authorized vaccines will protect people against them. Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic. Get more information.

What are the long-term vaccination plans? Once the vaccine is more widely available, traditional locations will likely provide vaccinations. These include doctor’s offices, health clinics and pharmacies. Drive- and walk-thru vaccination events at community spaces also may be offered. Vaccination dispensing sites will take additional safety measures for COVID-19, including physical distancing, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and taking extra sanitation steps. While the vaccine is still limited, health officials will continue to follow federal and state guidance for prioritizing vaccine doses to those at the highest risk. Learn more.

Have a safer Valentine’s Day. The safest way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is gathering virtually or with people who live with you.

  • Make Valentine cards or decorations and drop them off to loved ones.

  • Take a walk with your Valentine.

  • Celebrate with loved ones virtually.

  • Prepare a special meal or dessert.

  • Plan a special movie or game night.

  • Have a picnic outside.

If you plan to celebrate with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is safer than indoors.

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 fb.me/ScottsdaleAZgov 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 ScottsdaleAZ.gov to access city services online.


IN OTHER NEWS

Council selects Ben Lane as Scottsdale’s next city clerk. After a national recruitment, the Scottsdale City Council has selected Ben Lane as Scottsdale’s next city clerk. Ben Lane has been the deputy city clerk in Phoenix since March 2011, where he managed election processes and the city’s records management program. Among his key accomplishments was helping establish voting centers in place of polling places for city elections, allowing voters greater flexibility while saving the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. Lane holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina, and a law degree from the University of Texas. He is a Certified Municipal Election Official from the Arizona Municipal Clerks’ Association. He will start in Scottsdale March 8. He is no relation to W.J. “Jim” Lane, Scottsdale’s previous mayor. Learn more.

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.

Veg out at the Old Town Farmers Market. Buy food and specialty items supplied by locals. There is a large variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, as well. COVID-19 protocols are in place. The market runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through May, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.

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

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