Scottsdale Update - July 27, 2021


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.  

Delta variant surging; vaccines and masks offer the best protection. After months of falling cases, COVID-19 infections are on the rise again in the U.S. The Delta variant now accounts for more than 83 percent of COVID-19 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is spreading throughout the country, particularly in areas with low vaccination rates, and among younger populations. Nearly two-thirds of the counties in the U.S. have vaccinated fewer than 40 percent of their residents.   

Based on Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard, vaccinations continue to rise slightly. Just over 64 percent of Scottsdale residents received at least the first dose, while 59.2 percent have been fully vaccinated. Let’s build a community of immunity. Do you or someone you know need a COVID-19 vaccination? Here’s where to go

COVID-19: Back to the basics. With cases rising, public health experts remind everyone to take steps to protect yourself and others:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available. 

  • Watch for symptoms: People with COVID-19 have had a variety of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. They include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, body aches, new loss of taste or smell or a headache. If you suspect you have COVID-19, get tested. If you test positive, quarantineLearn more

The United States is keeping its COVID-19 travel restrictions. Federal travel restrictions continue to block non-U.S. citizens arriving from various destinations including the United Kingdom (U.K.), European Union, China, India and Brazil. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised against travel to the U.K. as cases there surge. The U.K. doesn’t have limits on travel from Americans. Read the White House press briefing

Tell us your COVID-19 story. It’s been a year-and-a-half since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In that time, much of the world has changed. More than 600,000 Americans have lost their lives, including nearly 10,500 of our own neighbors here in Maricopa County. Do you have a story to share about your experience with COVID-19 … did you lose a loved one, did you get the virus and are still dealing with its effects, or maybe you dramatically changed something in your life because of it? We’d love to hear from you. Please email Public Information Officer Jan Horne at with details.  

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.


McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park remains closed following recent storms. The city continues to repair the damage and evaluate the conditions to determine when the park can open safely. Follow the park on Facebook to get the latest updates. 

Honoring heroes of the Korean War - Veterans AZ Episode 4. This episode of Veterans AZ is published on a special day - July 27 is National Korean War Armistice Day, recognizing veterans of the Korean War and those who made the ultimate sacrifice - the 5.7 million who served, nearly 37,000 who gave their lives, and nearly 8,000 whose fate in the Korean War remains unknown.  

We meet three Arizonans who have a unique connection to the Korean War -- a United States Marine who served in Korea, a Korean-American who has found new purpose in thanking the brave service members who fought to preserve a free country, and an Army veteran who joined well after the Korean War, but honors Korean War veterans today. Watch here

Scottsdale Sister Cities Association captures “2021 Best Overall Program.” The city's nonprofit earned the highest award in the 100,000-300,000 population category for its 2020 activities. Scottsdale demonstrated various criteria to win, including:

  • Regular exchanges among many or all partnerships. 

  • Exchanges across many sectors, including youth, education, arts, culture, economic development, technical assistance and humanitarian work. 

  • Diversity of local communities and international sister cities, including involvement of underserved communities, minorities, people with disabilities and low-income communities. 

  • A commitment to reinforcing the principles of citizen diplomacy and the mission of Sister Cities International: to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. 

Learn more about Scottsdale Sister Cities

High ozone pollution advisory continues through Wednesday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through Wednesday, July 28. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between noon-6 p.m. if and when outdoors. 

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.   

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


bloomberg philanthropies announces scottsdale as What Works Cities 2019 silver certification

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