Scottsdale Update - Jan. 5, 2021


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22. Review the latest numbers here

Many COVID-19 trends continue. Among them, an increased burden on our hospital systems due to coronavirus patients. Arizona Department of Health Services data show the following statewide metrics at or near all-time highs:

  • Number of COVID-19 hospital inpatients: 4,647

  • Number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds: 1,082

  • Overall inpatient bed use: 92 percent

  • Overall ICU bed use: 93 percent

Thank you, healthcare workers. Many health care workers spent their holidays working to save lives. These are our health care heroes and now, more than ever, they need us to do our part to preserve precious health care resources. That means taking proven, preventive measures to reduce your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19.

This also means doing what you can to stop the spread of misinformation about COVID-19. 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.

Phase 1A vaccination distribution update. As of Jan. 4, 55,444 EMS and healthcare workers in Maricopa County have taken the COVID-19 vaccine. Thousands more are scheduled this week. The county has extended the days of operation at some Point of Dispensing (POD) sites to continue providing first doses to eligible healthcare workers. Some sites will pause operations this week to restock personal protective and other equipment so they can continue to protect healthcare workers who are supporting this effort. Learn more about Phase 1A vaccination efforts here.

Phase 1B vaccination preparations underway. Maricopa County Public Health planners are working with state and local partners to get ready for Phase 1B vaccine distribution. This phase includes law enforcement, protective services occupations, education and childcare workers, people age 75 and older and essential services/critical industry workers. Learn more.

COVID-19 and pets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is aware of a small number of pets, including cats and dogs, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. This is mostly after close contact with people infected with COVID-19. If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy. 

  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. 

  • Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. 

  • If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

Maricopa County Public Health provides important COVID-19 information. Look yourself or point a friend, family member or acquaintance toward accurate information.  The website includes:

  • Updated countywide data

  • Recent updates including information on executive orders, closures, and public health initiatives and outreach

  • Vaccine information

  • FAQs

  • How to protect yourself and others

  • What to do if you’re sick

  • How to find help or assist others

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.


Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane looks back on Scottsdale’s accomplishments of the last 12 years. “As I close out my elected public service to my fellow citizens of Scottsdale, I am proud of the many accomplishments during my time as mayor. While there are far too many specific outcomes to list, overall Scottsdale’s evolution and improvement as a community over the past 12 years is something that we can all take pride in. I look back upon my elected service to Scottsdale with satisfaction and pride. I always said that I had the best job in the world, mayor of Scottsdale, the greatest city in the world. As I pass that title to Scottsdale’s next mayor, I do so with absolute confidence in our community’s great future.”

Reminder: Fill out your Citizen Survey if you received one. About 1,700 households were randomly selected to participate in a survey to measure their views on the community, city programs and services. If you received one, please fill it out at your earliest convenience. We will use feedback provided through the survey to prioritize initiatives, services and programs.

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. After the randomly selected residents have an opportunity to respond, a web-based version will be available for all city residents to provide feedback. More information will be provided about the web survey this month. Survey results will be available in February.

Alley trash collection moves to curbside pickup. Solid Waste Management is discontinuing alley trash collection for most Scottsdale households and moving to curbside service. This transition begins this month and will:

  • make alleys cleaner and safer 

  • reduce the number of citizen complaints related to excessive garbage in the alley

  • reduce damage, and wear and tear to trash collection vehicles due alley conditions

  • help recover disposal costs which will help to keep fees for solid waste services lower

Collection days remain the same. Recycling collection and bulk/brush collection remains as is. Residents will be notified by mail prior to the city delivering new curbside cans. Residents can determine if and when their service is transitioning to curbside, by using the "Find My Schedule” tool. Learn more.

Recycle your Christmas tree Jan. 8-19. Yellow collection bins will be available at various city locations to dispose of our 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.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park extends Holiday Lights through Jan. 10. Experience the magic of the holiday season – safely – on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad as the park lights up Scottsdale with a winter wonderland. Holiday Lights runs most nights from 6:30-9 p.m. through Jan. 10, 2021. There are several big changes to this year’s event that will provide a safe and physically-distanced environment. Tickets for Holiday Lights are $15, with free admission for children two years old and younger. Watch this – you won’t want to miss it!

Sign up for a free business training or technical assistance program. The city and Local First have partnered to provide free business training and technical assistance to Scottsdale-based businesses. Discover how to grow revenue, pivot your business strategies and build collaborations that work for your company to return stronger.

There are three sessions this month:

  • Thursday, Jan. 7: “Pivot Your Brick and Mortar: Advice and Ideation to Aid Your Foot-Traffic Reliant Business to Drive Customers”

  • Thursday, Jan. 14: “Marketing your Restaurant in a Post-pandemic World”

  • Thursday, Jan. 21: “Small Business Ecommerce Tools: Pivoting Your Small Business to Sell and Grow Revenue Online”

Scottsdale Sister Cities seeks shoes and medical equipment for Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. Donations are needed for new or gently-used youth-aged shoes. In addition, we’re looking for personal medical equipment for disabled people and seniors with mobility issues. Donated wheelchairs, walkers, crutches or canes can go a long way for those in need. Equipment is returned to the community center when it is no longer needed to be shared with others in need. Get details on how you can donate these itemsAbout Scottsdale Sister Cities.

Get the tips on hiking the trails. Get out and enjoy Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, but first take note of trail etiquette. Please take special care with the pandemic to respect physical distancing. Watch this video.

Libraries are fine-free! We've closed the book on fines. No matter how long you have had an item past its due date, you can bring it back with no fines. The library is where you get access to free materials, and we want to keep it that way. Learn more.

Want to know more about our talented local authors? Tune in each month to the library's YouTube channel to hear from local authors as they talk about their books and share their passion for writing. This month's theme is "Stories Behind the Stories – What Inspired You,” airs at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 and features local authors Debi Novotny, Susan Anderson, Sheila Grinell and Jonathan Wallach. Tune in at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15.

Get the low down on lifeguarding. The StarGuard Lifeguard training class certifies those 15 and older in lifeguard rescues, basic first aid and CPR. Scottsdale is offering sessions from 5-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; and from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays, starting in February. Register and learn more.

Sister Cities offers virtual happy hours. This nonprofit association hosts a monthly remote happy hour at 4 p.m. focusing on a different theme. Save these dates, and look for more information on upcoming international themes and recipes to share and explore: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23, April 27 and May 25. Contact Scottsdale Sister Cities Association for details.

Get property information 24/7. Users can immediately access zoning information, find an interactive map, connect with the County Assessor, and search for associated development cases, plan reviews and permits for a property. Further, the app allows users to request more custom information, such as site-specific setbacks, land uses and information regarding signage. View the new instructional video online.

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


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