Scottsdale Update - July 20, 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

The surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy has now led to increasing rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Data from Johns Hopkins University shows: 

  • The average number of new COVID-19 cases each day the past week was 32,278. That's a 66 percent jump from the average daily rate the previous week, and it’s 145 percent higher than the rate from two weeks ago.

  • An average of 258 Americans died from COVID-19 each day this past week -- up 13 percent from the rate of daily deaths the previous week.  

  • 24,923 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That's a 26 percent increase from last week and a 50 percent increase from two weeks ago. 

  • More than 97 percent of people getting hospitalized with COVID-19 now are unvaccinated. And 99.5 percent of deaths are among the unvaccinated, according to U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.  

“Getting people vaccinated as quickly as possible is our fastest, most effective way out of this pandemic,” he added. Read moreFind a vaccine

Here at home … Based on Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard, vaccinations continue to rise slightly. Nearly 64 percent of Scottsdale residents received at least the first dose, while 58.3 percent have been fully vaccinated – a 1 percent increase from last week. Scottsdale still has the highest vaccination rates of the major Valley cities and is above the state and national rates as well – but more than 40 percent of city residents remain unvaccinated. Find a vaccine

What to know: Families with vaccinated and unvaccinated members. Some family members may still need to take steps to protect themselves against COVID-19, such as children too young to get vaccinated or people with weakened immune systems. Any family member who is not fully vaccinated should keep taking steps to protect themselves and others.  

Those not fully vaccinated and anyone 2 or older should wear a mask in indoor public places. In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider. 

Reminder: It takes two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to get full protection against COVID-19. These vaccines are highly effective against the Delta variant if you complete your vaccine series. While one dose of either vaccine was found to be highly effective against early strains of the disease, a recent study found one dose of vaccine may be only 30 percent effective at preventing the Delta variant. If you haven’t been vaccinated, or if you’ve only received one dose of Pfizer or Moderna, schedule an appointment to get maximum protection. Even if it has been longer than a month since your first dose of the vaccine, you can still get your second dose. You do not have to start the series over. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects the immunocompromised people around you and children younger than 12 who are not eligible to get the vaccine. Find a vaccine

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

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through Wednesday. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between noon-6 p.m. if and when outdoors.   

Learn more about the inner workings of city government. Sign up today for Scottsdale 360, a virtual learning series about the people, policies and programs that shape our community. The summer series includes a new Zoom webinar every two weeks through Aug. 19. The two final classes:  

  • 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5: Tourism - Scottsdale welcomes millions of visitors each year and is home to a number of events of global renown. Learn from those who work behind the scenes how the city attracts visitors, makes their trip to Scottsdale memorable and how the revenue they bring benefits the community. 

  • 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19: Community Services - Human Services, Libraries and Parks and Recreation Leadership will share how their programs demonstrate commitment to those they serve through creating a vibrant, connected and active community. 

Prepare yourself for a treat! Citizen Advisor and storyteller-extraordinaire Bruce Wall joins host Holly Walter to provide the inside scoop on one of Scottsdale's most-iconic restaurants. Listen now to Podsdale Episode 8 –The cartoonist and ice cream shop

Watch this week’s “Scottsdale Fast Five.” Scottsdale Public Library’s Summer Reading Program "Tails and Tales" is underway, our City Clerk Supervisor earned the prestigious designation of Certified Municipal Clerk and two long-term city employees retire after a combined 65 years of service! These are just three of five things happening in Scottsdale that you need to know and highlighted in this episode of Fast Five. Watch now.    

Scottsdale residents can save money with WaterSmart and rebate programs. Scottsdale Water’s Conservation Office has introduced the WaterSmart customer portal and announced details for the updated rebate program. The program helps customers use water more efficiently and wisely. With prolonged drought conditions, the need to heighten efforts to be good stewards of Arizona’s water supply is even more important. 

Scottsdale Water customers can access the WaterSmart portal through Scottsdale’s Online Utility Account platform. View water use data, check out the online leak assistance tool, get water saving tips and potentially see hourly usage data. Learn more

Slide the Rails at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Join the fun from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Aug. 7, for this wet and wild event – the perfect way to end the summer and slide into the new school year. There will be a variety of inflatable water slides and obstacle courses suitable for all ages. New to the event this year will be a bubble foam pit. Cold drinks and tasty treats will be available for purchase. A $10 wristband includes unlimited access to the water attractions, and train and carousel rides. Wristbands are required for everyone 3 and older. Wristbands will be sold onsite on the day of the event. 

Meet our fleet. Did you know Scottsdale’s fleet team is on duty nearly 24 hours day at two locations in the city? Our technicians repair and maintain 1,250+ pieces of equipment made by 120+ manufacturers. Every city vehicle you see on the road has been in the care of this highly skilled team. Our firefighting apparatus, police squad cars, utility trucks and maintenance equipment are the tools we use to keep Scottsdale safe and beautiful. We couldn’t do it without the world-class crews in our Fleet Department. 

We’re hiring teens 15 and older for lifeguarding jobs. Get certified to become a lifeguard with the city of Scottsdale. McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center will be hosting a StarGuard lifeguard class from 1-5 p.m. July 26-28. This class will feature in-person and online work that will certify you in basic lifeguarding skills, as well as first aid and CPR. Sign up today, and start prepping for a cool summer job and saving lives. 

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

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