Scottsdale Update - Jan. 22, 2021


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020, a year today. More people than ever are dying from COVID-19. Eight percent of all deaths in Maricopa County have occurred within the last two weeks. We have lost nearly 6,800 neighbors in our county in a year’s time. Review the latest numbers here.

Remain vigilant after vaccination. Many people wrongly assume that after they’ve received both doses of vaccine, they can return to life as it was pre-pandemic. While clinical trials showed both vaccines are 95 percent effective in preventing a person from getting sick with the virus, even if you get vaccinated, health experts recommend you continue with the other prevention measures. See below on how to stay healthy.

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.

Watch an HonorHealth vaccine update. HonorHealth hosted a Facebook live event with three of its medical experts discussing the status of COVID-19 vaccines. They also addressed vaccine myths and answered questions. The event is available to view here.

Nearly 190,000 doses of vaccine have been administered countywide. Arizona Department of Health Services shows Maricopa County is vaccinating residents at one of the highest rates in Arizona, with a vaccination rate of 4,293 per 100,000 people. This is higher than the state average of 4,137 and fourth highest among Arizona’s 15 counties (despite having more people and more complex logistical challenges).

How long will the point of dispensing sites be open in Phase 1B? Some Maricopa County-operated point of dispensing (POD) sites will be open and taking appointments into February, with some regional PODs scaling down sooner. The Arizona Department of Health Services, in partnership with other agencies, operates sites at State Farm Stadium and the Phoenix Municipal Stadium. These sites are not affiliated with Maricopa County Public Health. Additional opportunities for vaccination outside of POD locations, such as through pharmacies or employer-based vaccination clinics, are also in development in Maricopa County. Learn more.

Free COVID-19 tests available. If you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive, you can find a place to get tested by visiting The list includes community events where you can get a diagnostic test for free, as well as links to other options offered through the Arizona Department of Health Services or private partners.

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.


Do your part to conserve water when it rains. With rain expected over the next few days, there are easy things we can do to save water: Shut off automatic watering systems, install a rain shut-off device, collect and use rain water for watering your landscape, add gutters and direct downspouts toward shrubs or trees, and direct the bleed-off water drain from an evaporative cooler to trees or shrubs. Get more water conservation tips.

Scottsdale’s Economic Development Department receives international reaccreditation. The International Economic Development Council named the city’s department as an Accredited Economic Development Organization. The program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held professional standards. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit, which was conducted virtually this year. The reaccreditation validates the importance and value the city’s department provides to ensure Scottsdale is a highly desired place to live, work and grow business. Learn more.

SkySong becomes major economic engine in the Greater Phoenix area. Seventeen years ago, the city partnered with Arizona State University to create SkySong, a place that would attract cutting-edge and innovative companies and their base of knowledge workers from around the world. Today, SkySong has nearly 850,000 square feet of office buildings, housing and parking decks that are near capacity and more than 3,000 people employed by about 50 businesses located onsite. When completed, the 40-acre mixed-use development will include more than 1.3 million square feet of office buildings, retail, hotels and apartments. SkySong generates an estimated annual impact of 9,350 total jobs, $584.4 million in wages and $1.3 billion in economic activity. As it advances, the economic impact over 30 years is expected to exceed $58.2 billion. Read more.

Join us for a virtual Green Building Education Series program on edible gardens. This free webinar runs from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. You’ll meet master gardeners Joan Baron and Morgan Winburn, and other garden gurus who will share gardening stories, tips and recipes. The class specifically covers edibles, fruit trees, organic soil amendments, how to know when to harvest, and the importance of saving/storing/trading seeds. Participants will also learn about what to plant to bring bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. Gardening is fun, gets you outdoors to enjoy nature and provides a rewarding opportunity to share with others. Register here.

This year’s virtual MLK celebration video is available on demand. Tune in to a replay of the 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration. This year’s keynote speaker was Ken E. Nwadike Jr., also known as the “free hugs guy.”

Regional Unity ArtWalk 2021 runs through Jan. 31. Scottsdale joins several Valley cities to co-host “Unity ArtWalk: A Visual Journey of Diversity, Culture and Equity” through Jan. 31. Enjoy this artistic enrichment at your leisure and take your photo at one of the locations to create "Unity in our CommUNITY" using #unityartwalk. Explore and experience local art murals, sculptures and exhibitions in your neighborhood or in a nearby city. Check out the Regional welcome/Mayor’s video. For more information, visit, search “unity artwalk” or follow Scottsdale For All on Facebook.

City’s Youth Development division and school district offer a “Safe Place to Learn.” With students out early every Wednesday, the district and city have partnered to provide a safe place for children to use those hours for games, sports, and arts and crafts and more. Parents can register their children through their respective schools.

Scottsdale Aquatics water exercise classes begin Feb. 2. A new session of water exercise classes begins at Eldorado, Cactus and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers. Participants can register for a variety of classes offered in both the morning and evening. Classes include shallow water, deep water and tai chi.

Wheelchair tennis available at Scottsdale Ranch Park Tennis Center. In collaboration with Ability 360, the center began hosting wheelchair tennis Jan. 11. Activities take place Monday evenings and serve adults and junior players. Additional safety protocols are in place for these sessions.

Library launches virtual Local Authors Book Talks. Each year, the library invites the public to connect with local writers and find a new book at the annual Local Authors Book Sale, which was born out of the “Eat Local” movement. Due to the pandemic, the library canceled this year’s sale. Instead, the library will host a Local Authors Book Talk online each month, featuring a home-grown writer to share his/her passion. The first program airs at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Jan. 22) on the library’s YouTube channel.

Adopt-A-Family program brought holiday cheer to 270 Scottsdale families in need. The 2020 program looked very different with new COVID-19 protocols in place, including new electronic enrollment and drive-thru distribution for donors and recipients. Staff distributed packages consisting of donated gifts for children and gift cards before the winter holidays. With the support of Scottsdale Community Partners and more than 200 local donors, the city provided an estimated $140,907 in supplies to program recipients.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. You likely won't see these wondering our streets, but it's not uncommon to see other native wildlife such as coyotes around town. Fortunately, taking a few simple steps can prevent many of the most common wildlife-related problems around your home. Visit the Arizona Game & Fish website to get information on coexisting with Arizona's wildlife, especially in urban areas.

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


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