Scottsdale Update - July 13, 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

There is new evidence that the more-contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading in Maricopa County. The variant represented about 20 percent of sequenced cases in June, and Maricopa County Public Health expects that number to increase. Read below to learn more about the variant and find the best ways to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. 

  • The Delta variant is a strain of COVID-19 that is more contagious than other strains. This means it spreads from person-to-person more easily, especially if a person is not vaccinated. 

  • As of July 2021, the Delta variant has become the “dominant variant” in the United States. Most new COVID-19 cases are caused by the Delta variant. 

  • The amount of Delta variant is increasing in Maricopa County and will likely become the dominant variant. 

  • People who have not been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are most at risk of getting the Delta variant, and possibly becoming more seriously ill. 

Your best protection is getting vaccinated if you haven’t already. Find a vaccine location

What to know about post-COVID 19 conditions. Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions. Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience four or more weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Even people who did not have COVID-19 symptoms in the days or weeks after they were infected can have post-COVID conditions. These conditions can have different types and combinations of health problems for different lengths of time. 

These post-COVID conditions may also be known as long COVID, long-haul COVID, post-acute COVID-19, long-term effects of COVID, or chronic COVID. CDC and experts around the world are working to learn more about short- and long-term health effects associated with COVID-19, who gets them and why. Get more information

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

Scottsdale's Fiscal Year 2021/22 budget continues pandemic programs and supports recovery efforts. With a historic year behind, the Scottsdale City Council adopted the FY 2021/22 budget that supports sustained commitment to pandemic response and recovery and continues investing in an array of community programs and projects. 

The city's fiscal year runs July 1-June 30, 2022. Despite the continuing negative effects of the pandemic on the city's key travel and tourism sectors, revenue growth is projected to rebound substantially in the year ahead. However, the budget reflects a cautious and conservative approach given global uncertainties that remain – ongoing revenue sources exceed ongoing expenditures. 

General fund sales tax collections are projected to increase $21.6 million from the previous year as the city's travel and hospitality industries emerge from the pandemic. This expected rise will also lead to additional state shared revenue (the city's proportionate share of state sales and vehicle license taxes). 

With lessons in hand about how the pandemic disproportionately affected lower income people in Scottsdale, the budget includes a $10 million appropriation for affordable housing initiatives. While a funding source has not yet been identified, this gives the City Council spending authority if they decide to pursue specific programs in this area. Read more. 

Scottsdale Police partner with nonprofits on Prescription Drug Take Back event. Safely dispose of unneeded or expired prescription drugs at this free drive-thru event from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at the Police District 2 Station, 3700 N. 75th St. Scottsdale Police are partnering with notMYkid, the National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, Aurora Behavioral Health and St. Vincent De Paul. The event also includes a food drive – please bring non-perishable canned and dry foods. We will also provide educational resources for mental health and Naloxone, a medication that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose.  

The Scottsdale City Council approved nearly $2 million for nonprofit agencies that provide programs and services to assist thousands of residents at risk and in need. Funds help organizations like the Phoenix Rescue Mission through the Scottsdale Works Brick by Brick program. It provides jobs and resources to homeless individuals by paying participants to produce earthen bricks that can later be used to construct city projects or housing for the homeless. The program also allows the city to build a more sustainable future. Learn more about the program.  

Some funding for the Phoenix Rescue Mission comes from residents who support Scottsdale Cares, the city’s voluntary utility bill donation program. Scottsdale Cares allocated $160,000 to 14 nonprofit agencies for this fiscal year, which ends in June 2022.   

In addition to Scottsdale Cares funding, the city’s Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) grant funding provided $100,000 to seven agencies, and the Endowment Program funded $8,700 to the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Read more

Scottsdale Water partners with military SkillBridge Program; Internship enhances employment opportunities for service members. For the past six years, Sailor Kyle Duncan has served the United States military as an electronic technician on ships in the US Navy. This year he is taking that experience and growing his resume as the first-ever SkillBridge attendee at Scottsdale Water.  

Duncan grew up around watt job was servicing swimming pools right here in the Valley. After enlisting in the US Navy at 21 he transitioned to being an electronics technician, and most recently serving as the external communications supervisor for the USS Pearl Harbor. Duncan and his family decided it was time to put down roots back in his native Arizona. That’s when he learned about Scottsdale Water’s inaugural SkillBridge opportunity, a six-month internship working as a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems apprentice, utilizing his technical skills from the Navy. Read more about the program

Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list

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