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.
Vaccine supply remains limited. Vaccine supply continues to be a challenge as state and county healthcare workers adjust to vaccine supply and shift efforts to administer second doses. As of Wednesday, appointments are filled through February at state- and county-operated locations. Vaccines are now being administered for those 75 and older at 11 Valley pharmacies, but appointments are limited. Check pharmacies near you here.
Have we reached a COVID-19 peak? Maricopa County cases have started to decline in recent days, which is an encouraging sign. The 7-day rolling case average as of Jan. 23, is 3,600 cases per day—still high, but down from the nearly 6,000 per day near the beginning of January. Hospitalizations and deaths have not yet decreased. It’s just as important as ever to keep our guard up, even with vaccinations now underway. Please continue to:
Wear a mask and keep six feet of distance when you are around people outside of your household.
Stay home when you’re sick and be cautious even if you feel well in case you’re asymptomatic.
Wash your hands regularly.
Get a flu shot if you haven’t already.
Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s your turn.
Antibody treatment option available for certain groups with mild to moderate COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration issued two monoclonal antibody products for Arizonans: Bamlanivimab (Eli Lilly) and Casirivimab + Imdevimab (Regeneron). These therapeutics were issued based on their ability to decrease viral load and reduce likelihood of COVID-19 disease progression and hospitalization. Learn more.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
Waste Management Phoenix Open safety plan limits daily fan attendance to 5,000. The COVID-19 event safety plan for the Waste Management Phoenix Open has been approved. The plan caps daily fan attendance at 5,000, requires face coverings throughout the 192-acre venue and provides temperature checks for everyone entering the event. The city has been in regular communication with the PGA Tour and the Thunderbirds regarding the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open. As with all of Scottsdale’s signature events, many months of advance planning are involved. Read the safety plan and learn more.
Utility assistance is available for Scottsdale residents in need. The Scottsdale City Council set aside $450,000 in federal CARES Act funding for residential utility assistance. Residents with past-due balances for city water, wastewater and solid waste service should contact the city to see if they qualify. The city has deferred water shut-offs for non-payment since last March in respect to the financial hardship many are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this month, however, those with accounts past 31 days due received notice that the city would resume shutting off water for non-payment beginning in February.
Each overdue account received a second letter to inform them that the city has financial assistance available for those who qualify - but they need to contact the city to make arrangements. If you have an overdue city utility account, please contact the city’s billing office at 480-312-2705 as soon as possible and prior to your due date. You may qualify for financial assistance - but you must contact the city to determine eligibility and discuss options.
Parada del Sol postponed until 2022 due to pandemic. Scottsdale Parada del Sol organizers have announced the 2021 parade and Trail’s End Festival have been canceled. “After careful consideration the 2021 Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival has been postponed,” said Parada del Sol Parade Chairman Jose Leon. Get details.
Deadline approaching to participate in community survey. Residents have until Thursday, Feb. 4, to take the National Community Survey. The survey allows participants to rate the overall quality of life and provide specific feedback about municipal services, public safety, customer service and 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.
Plug into Electronics Recycling Collection Day, Feb. 6. 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.
City information is just a phone call away by dialing 480-312-3111. The city of Scottsdale's information line connects you with live operators who have much of the event, traffic and meeting information that you want, or we'll forward your call to the correct department for further assistance. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and for special events as publicized.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.