Mayor Ortega reestablishes local face covering requirement. Mayor David D. Ortega issued an emergency proclamation Wednesday, Jan. 13, that reestablishes a local face covering requirement in Scottsdale. Recognizing the surging COVID-19 numbers in Maricopa County, the Scottsdale order directly supports Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's "Mask Up Arizona" campaign and is aligned with Maricopa County's face covering requirement, which has applied in Scottsdale since it was issued in June. Learn more and read the proclamation.
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.
COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22. Review the latest numbers here.
Nearly 25 percent of Maricopa County COVID-19 tests are positive. The COVID-19 case rate increased by nearly 300 per 100,000 in just one week, the week after Christmas. All three statewide benchmarks show “substantial” community spread in our county, an indicator that people should use extreme caution when spending time with anyone outside their household. Data is for the week of Dec. 27, 2020, the most recent full-week available:
Case rates per 100,000: Maricopa County had 860 cases per 100,000 people. Anything more than 100 cases per 100,000 is considered substantial spread. For context, there were 568 cases per 100,000 the prior week.
Percent positivity: Maricopa County has seen 23.9 percent of COVID-19 tests come back positive. Anything more than 10 percent is considered substantial spread. The rate was 18.7 percent the prior week.
COVID-like illness as a percentage of hospital visits: 14.7 percent of hospital visits in Maricopa County are for COVID-like illness. Anything greater than 10 percent is considered substantial spread. The prior week’s rate was 16 percent.
Reminder of who is eligible in Phase 1B to get the vaccine:
Those 65 and older will be eligible for vaccines starting Tuesday. The Arizona Department of Health Services announced it will offer vaccine doses to adults 65 and older at state-operated vaccination sites. Get details.
Vaccine appointment troubleshooting. COVID-19 vaccination appointments for people in Phases 1A and 1B are made through the Arizona Department of Health Services. Schedule at podvaccine.azdhs.gov and create an account. Need help? Call ADHS Tech Support at 602-542-1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. These support lines are getting a lot of calls and emails so please be patient.
If you are a senior age 75 or older without access to a computer, or have a loved one in that priority group and need assistance, call 1-844-542-8201 and press option #8.
Why you need an appointment. Scheduling appointments helps ensure the vaccine provider prepares the right number of doses so they are not wasted, helps you plan your time and keeps the number of people coming to the site at one time manageable so that you do not have long wait times.
How many doses are available? There are an estimated 500,000 people who are eligible to be vaccinated in Phases 1A and 1B, which requires about one million doses of vaccine. So far, the county has received 200,000 doses. More locations and appointments will be added as more vaccine becomes available. If you can’t find an appointment today, check back in a few days.
Why are pharmacies only vaccinating those 75 and older? Maricopa County is working with local pharmacies to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination for one of our highest risk populations, those age 75 and older. They are more likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19. This partnership adds to existing federal efforts to use pharmacies to provide on-site clinics to vaccinate residents and staff at long-term care facilities. As more pharmacy sites are added to provide vaccine and more doses become available, the county will be able to expand to other prioritized populations. If you are having trouble finding an appointment with pharmacies listed on Maricopa County’s website, try looking further out in the schedule or check back in a day or two. As these pharmacies receive additional allocations of vaccine, they will add more appointments. See the list of select local pharmacies.
CDC requiring negative COVID-19 test for international arrivals. Effective Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an order requiring a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test for all passengers arriving to the United States (including those arriving at the Scottsdale Airport Customs User Fee Facility) from any international destination including commercial, private or charter. Read more.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
Scottsdale welcomes new mayor and three City Council members. Scottsdale welcomed its first new mayor in 12 years today, when David D. Ortega was sworn-in and took office. He was joined by three new City Council members, who all earned their seats at the Nov. 3 General Election.
Mayor Ortega is a registered architect who designed many landmark buildings in Old Town Scottsdale. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and was an apprentice architect to Bennie Gonzales, FAIA, the award-winning designer of Scottsdale City Hall, Civic Center Library and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Councilwoman Tammy Caputi has lived and worked in Scottsdale for over 20 years. She is the president and owner of Yale Electric West, Inc., a company she founded in Scottsdale in 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and a Masters in Business Administration from Simmons University in Boston.
Councilmember Tom Durham grew up in a small town in Iowa and attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in 1977, with majors in philosophy and history. After graduating from Cornell College, he attended New York University Law School in New York City, and then went on to join the Mayer Brown law firm in Chicago where he specialized in tax law.
Councilwoman Betty Janik was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Illinois Chicago, where she was one of only three women in a class of 65 people in the chemistry curriculum. After college she worked as a research scientist at GD Searle, one of the premiere pharmaceutical companies of the era. After taking time off to start a family, she spent nearly 10 years teaching math and science at the middle- and high-school levels.
Scottsdale's newly-elected officials join incumbents Kathy Littlefield, Linda Milhaven and Solange Whitehead on the City Council. Learn more about the Scottsdale City Council and each council member here.
Most city offices closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Most city offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18. Garbage/recycling collection will not be affected.
Scottsdale community survey available for all residents. The National Community Survey allows residents to rate their overall quality of life and provide specific feedback about municipal services, public safety, customer service and their level of participation in community events and activities. In November and December, the survey went to 1,700 randomly selected Scottsdale households. This random sample will provide results that are representative of the entire community within a known margin of error. The city is now making the online survey available to every resident. Feedback provided through these surveys will help the city and City Council prioritize initiatives, services and programs. Participate here.
Recycle your Christmas tree through Tuesday. Yellow collection bins will be available at various city locations to dispose of your Christmas tree. We don't accept artificial trees, stands or ornaments. Single-family home residents can place Christmas trees in their green waste pile, separated from bulk trash, for collection on their scheduled brush/bulk service week.
Two new classes added spring 2021 Neighborhood College schedule. Classes are offered via Zoom and are free and open to all residents, but registration is required to receive the link to connect to the class.
The Top Seven Estate Planning Mistakes: 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16. Are you among the majority of Americans who have put your estate planning on the back burner? Did you know even if you have a will, your heirs will be stuck in a nightmare called Probate Court for one to three years? This will cost them up to six percent or more of the total sum of your assets.
Social Media -- Friend or Foe: 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, March 9. If used correctly, social media can be a powerful tool for engaging community members in a homeowner's association. Learn about the best and worst HOA practices for using social media including YouTube, Twitter and especially Facebook and NextDoor.
Are your toilets running? A running toilet can waste over 6,000 gallons of water per month. Test your toilets for leaks by placing a few drops of dark food coloring in the toilet tank – not the bowl – and wait 15 minutes. Don't flush. If you see color in the bowl, you have a leak. For help finding other leaks in your home, use our free leak detection guide, "Find and Fix Leaks that are Draining your Budget," and other free water efficiency publications. You can also watch these Scottsdale Video Network programs.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.