Scottsdale Update - June 1, 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

Vaccines still available at WestWorld. Walk-ins are accepted, but registering in advance will get you through even quicker. The WestWorld vaccination site is open:  

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays 

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays  

  • The facility is closed Sundays and Mondays.   

Does having seasonal allergies increase your risk of contracting COVID-19 or having more severe symptoms if you do get COVID-19? COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19). Seasonal allergies triggered by airborne pollen can lead to seasonal allergic rhinitis, which affects the nose and sinuses, and seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, which affects the eyes.  

There is not enough scientific information at this time to know whether having seasonal allergies puts you at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 or having more severe symptoms if you do contract COVID-19. We do know that older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like obesity, diabetes or heart or lung disease are at higher risk for developing more serious complications when they have COVID-19. Learn more about allergies and COVID-19.  

Can you still get COVID-19 even if you’ve been vaccinated? COVID-19 vaccines are a critical tool for controlling the ongoing global pandemic. In large, randomized-controlled trials, each vaccine was found to be safe and efficacious in preventing COVID-19. Despite the high level of vaccine efficacy, a small percentage of fully vaccinated people will develop symptomatic or asymptomatic infections with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  

As of April 30, approximately 101 million people in the United States had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; 10,262 vaccine breakthrough infections had been reported. The CDC will continue to evaluate vaccine effectiveness and collect information on all COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infections regardless of clinical status. Read 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

Temporary immigration facility in Scottsdale. On Friday, May 28, the city was formally notified by U.S. Homeland Security/U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement that a federal contractor would begin operating a temporary hotel facility for immigrant families beginning Saturday, May 29.  

According to ICE officials in that meeting, this site is for intact families seeking political asylum who are being processed and taken to transportation as they continue their journey to a sponsor family or organization. The vast majority of people travel outside Arizona after processing.  

A hotel has been rented to provide temporary hotel stays to these families during their immigration processing. Scottsdale has no current authority to prevent the hotel from being rented for these immigrant families. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the contractor who will operate the facility have provided assurances that they will be able to address any operational concerns that may arise. 

Immigration is a federal matter, over which the city of Scottsdale has no responsibility or oversight. If you have further concerns, please contact your federal government representatives: 

June Days Summer Spectacular is here - Enjoy a monthlong series of events to celebrate the beginning of summer. In addition to city-produced signature events, Old Town Scottsdale businesses, retailers, restaurants and galleries are getting into the spirit with special activities and deals of their own. From crafting workshops to sunrise yoga and bike-ride scavenger hunts to movie nights, June Days events will allow participants to exercise their mind, body and soul. June Days also marks the summer solstice with a dedication for the new Solstice Park, which includes the Soleri Bridge & Plaza. The June 20 event features snow cones, live music and more. Learn more.  

City Council to consider adoption of a new general plan. Having received a unanimous vote by the Scottsdale Planning Commission, the Scottsdale City Council will consider possible adoption of a new General Plan -- Scottsdale General Plan 2035, as required by state statutes, at its regular meeting Tuesday, June 8

The plan is the primary tool for guiding the future of the city. It contains the community’s goals and policies on:   

  • Character and design   

  • Land use   

  • Open space and the natural environment   

  • Business and economics   

  • Neighborhood vitality   

  • Transportation and growth   

The plan shapes the physical form of the city, yet it also addresses other aspects, such as community services, protection of desert and mountain lands, arts and culture, tourism, community health, education, and well-being, and the character of neighborhoods.   

If the council adopts the plan, it will call for a November special election to submit the plan to voters to consider ratification.   

Scottsdale celebrates 70th anniversary. When Scottsdale was incorporated on June 25, 1951, the city had a population of about 2,000, Malcolm White was appointed the first mayor and the city adopted “The West’s Most Western Town” as its official motto. Today, Scottsdale is a vibrant city with more than 258,000 residents led by its 12th mayor, David D. Ortega. On June 25, we will celebrate our 70th year as a municipality. 

To commemorate this special anniversary, the city is hosting several family-friendly events and invites the public to join in on the fun and learn some Scottsdale history. Get details

Prevent heat-related deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people in the United States die from heat than all other natural disasters combined. Last year, nearly 500 heat-associated deaths occurred in Arizona. Common-sense practices will keep you safe and healthy during the summer, including:  

  • Drink water before you get thirsty to prevent dehydration.  

  • Don't rely on fans as your primary source of cooling. 

  • Come indoors frequently to an air-conditioned location to cool your core body temperature. 

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen and light-weight clothing.  

  • Never leave children or pets inside a parked car.  

  • Check on friends and neighbors, especially the vulnerable. 

  • Seek medical care immediately if you have, or someone you know has, symptoms of heat-associated illness like muscle cramps, headaches, vomiting, confusion, no longer sweating and rapid heart rate. 

Back to School program needs your donations. School is barely out, but we are gearing up for this important program for when kids return to school in August. Students need new clothing, socks, underwear, shoes, backpacks and school supplies. Learn how you can donate items or money.  

Learn how to optimize sustainability with a remodel at upcoming Green Building Education Series. Tune in from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, to discover cost-effective strategies for achieving net zero energy in a remodeling project using renewable energy, efficient mechanical systems and smart home technologies. Register for the free webinar

Summer Concert Series continues through July 4; tickets required. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Summer Concert Series continues through Sunday, July 4. Reserve space for the concerts which run from 7:30-9 p.m. Sunday evenings and feature a variety of local bands. Bring a blanket or chair and relax in the park. Pack a picnic or enjoy something tasteful from one of the food trucks that will be onsite. Attendance is limited, and those wanting to participate must purchase tickets to assigned seating. Learn more

Public and lap swim return to aquatic centers. Chaparral Aquatic Center will offer lap swim from 8 a.m.-noon weekdays beginning Monday, June 7. Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch will offer lap swim at various days and times. Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers will be open for public swimming starting Friday, June 11. Birthday party packages also will be available during public swim hours. See a complete schedule and more information.  

Free kids' lunches available beginning Monday at Civic Center Library. This service will provide free lunches for kids and teens throughout the summer. Parents and guardians can pick up lunches in the lower-level lobby area of Civic Center Library from noon-1 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the end of July. Scottsdale Unified School District is providing the lunches. Call the district’s Nutrition Services Department at 480-484-6234 for details. 

Scottsdale Arts showcases Sister Cities “Young Artists and Authors” works. The public is invited to view two art exhibits on display at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday, June 20. Scottsdale Sister Cites annual program features artwork from two of its sister cities; Alamos, Mexico, and Marrakech, Morocco. In addition, Mustang Library features artwork from Kingston, Canada, student artists. Learn more about Scottsdale Sister Cities.   

Applications due July 9 for Scottsdale’s Community Arts Grant Program. Scottsdale Arts is accepting applications for its Community Arts Grant Program. The program provides funding to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations throughout the Valley for projects that serve the Scottsdale community. Applicants may submit grant requests for activities that will take place between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 9. An all-volunteer committee of arts, community and business leaders will review the applications and make recommendations for funding to the Scottsdale Arts Board of Trustees. Learn more and apply.  

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

 

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