Scottsdale Update - July 9, 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

Scottsdale’s rising case count emphasizes the importance of full vaccination. It’s a fight that’s not yet over. Although a little more than 57 percent of Scottsdale residents are fully vaccinated, the city moved into substantial community transmission with the largest single-week case rate increase seen this calendar year. Despite seven consecutive weeks of moderate community transmission, COVID-19 cases increased in Scottsdale to 58.9 cases per 100,000 residents for the week of June 20.  For context, 58.9 cases per 100,000 means that there are about 153 new cases within the population of Scottsdale over that seven-day period. Additionally, Maricopa County remains in substantial community transmission for the second consecutive week. 

Vaccination remains our best line of defense. In a time when the Delta variant is rapidly gaining traction - it now accounts for a majority of new infections in the United States - full vaccination offers better protection against infection than partial vaccination. 

Protect yourself and others. Find the closest vaccine location by texting your zip code to 438829.  

Here are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. 

They are safe: 

  • COVID-19 vaccines were developed using science that has been around for decades. 

  • COVID-19 vaccines are not experimental. They went through all the required stages of clinical trials. Extensive testing and monitoring have shown that these vaccines are safe and effective. 

They are effective: 

Once you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing more: 

COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection: 

  • Get vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19. 

  • COVID-19 is still a threat to people who are unvaccinated. Some people who get COVID-19 can become severely ill, which could result in hospitalization, and some people have ongoing health problems several weeks or even longer after getting infected. Even people who did not have symptoms when they were infected can have these ongoing health problems. 

Immunity after COVID-19 vaccination: 

  • There is still a lot to learn about COVID-19 vaccines and the CDC is constantly reviewing evidence and updating guidance. Nobody knows how long protection lasts for those who are vaccinated. 

  • We do know is that COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. 

  • If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice. 

None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.  

Learn more: Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines 

Your guide to wearing a mask. If you are age 2 or older and not fully vaccinated, you 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. Learn more

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

National Weather Service issues excessive heat warning through 8 p.m. Saturday. Recognize the signs of heat-related stress and avoid strenuous outdoor activity. Excessive sweating, dizziness, headache, nausea/vomiting and weakness are signs of stress. Vista del Camino serves as a cooling station, as do other locations throughout Maricopa County.Call 911 if a person becomes confused, passes out from the heat or stops sweating. 

Watch this week’s “Scottsdale Fast Five.” Donate a wreath to honor those lost in 9/11, nominate someone for a Spirit of Scottsdale Award and view “Milestones and Memories” celebrating Scottsdale’s 70 years of incorporation at Civic Center Library. These are just three of five things highlighted in this episode. Watch now.    

Scottsdale Chamber hosts annual History Hall of Fame celebration. Honor individuals and organizations that have contributed to the legacy of making the city one of the "best cities in which to live.” The dinner and program start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch.  

This year’s inductees: 

  • Mr. Denny Brown 

  • Ms. Melinda Morrison Gulick 

  • Mr. Dennis Robbins 

  • Mr. Gregg Tryhus 

  • Experience Scottsdale 

  • Salt River Project  

Learn more and buy tickets

Visit the new exhibit at the Civic Center Library’s Public Gallery. Retired librarians Cathy Bonnell and Mary J. Wong illustrate the power of reading with “Pictures Tell Stories: Children’s Book Illustrations.” The pair showcase hundreds of original artworks from children’s literature illustrators. They know how these images and books play a vital role for young minds to see and understand their place in the world. The exhibit runs through Sept. 20, at the library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.  

City’s data-driven approach to fire station planning featured in national report. Closing the Data Gap: How Cities Are Delivering Better Results for Residents, a new report from the Monitor Institute by Deloitte in collaboration with What Works Cities, analyzes the data-driven transformation of city governments over the last several years. Scottsdale was featured on Page 8 for using various datasets, including location data, to close a long-standing fire station and open a new, state-of-the-art station in a different location to increase the percentage of the city’s population within a four-minute response coverage area by 30 percent. That project was one of many examples of the city using data to better serve residents. 

Scottsdale’s paperless billing trial also was featured in a replication guide for What Works Cities. In the latest Replication Guide for City-Led Evaluations, What Works Cities shared Scottsdale’s use of behavioral science to increase the uptake of paperless utility billing among residents by adding mailing inserts to paper bills. This resource walks cities through the successful evaluation led by Scottsdale with support from the Behavioral Insights Team—and shows cities how to run a similar evaluation. Learn more

Only 15 percent of child car seats are properly installed. The city provides free car seat inspections by appointment. Register here. Please book two appointments if we need to inspect two or more car seats. Once you book your appointment, you will receive an email with the details regarding your inspection, including the address of the fire station where you’ll need to go. Learn more about child safety seats

July is “Smart Irrigations Month,” and the city applies smart solutions. Scottsdale is keeping its parks green and water lean by using a centralized irrigation system to assist with leak detection and to schedule watering for optimal efficiency. Residents should consider getting a rebate for purchasing a “smart” WaterSense labeled irrigation controller for home or business. Get rebate program requirements online or at 480-312-5650. 

City offers indoor pickleball to help players beat the heat. Play is available from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Tonalea Elementary School. So far, 114 registered participants have enjoyed pickleball opportunities ranging from beginner classes to organized social play. Indoor classes will run through Monday, July 19. Learn more.  

Do you know a person or business that embodies Scottsdale’s spirit? Scottsdale’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission invites you to nominate those that strengthen and build our community through their commitment to and involvement in neighborhoods. Nominations are open through Dec. 31Learn about last year’s winners

Back to School program needs your donations. Many students heading back to school in the fall need new clothing, socks, underwear, shoes, backpacks and school supplies. Learn how you can donate these items or money

Performing arts single seat tickets available. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents a brand-new season filled with concerts and performances for everyone in the family … from classical music, Broadway greats, and all-ages theatre to laugh-out-loud comedy. View the calendar and buy tickets

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

 

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