Scottsdale Update - June 22, 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 sees lowest COVID-19 case rate since August 2020. According to the latest Maricopa County data, COVID-19 cases decreased to 26 cases per 100,000 Scottsdale residents during the week of May 30. This is the lowest rate we’ve seen since Aug. 16, 2020 and the second lowest rate in the last year. This is the second consecutive week that both Scottsdale and Maricopa County are at the level of moderate community spread. As a result, the city is re-opening public meetings with limited capacity today, Tuesday, June 22. 

Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard shows vaccination rates continue to rise — 55.3 percent of Scottsdale residents are now fully vaccinated. The city continues to have the highest vaccination rate of all major Valley cities. 

How protected is your neighborhood against COVID-19? People who want to get vaccinated but haven’t gotten around to it yet are encouraged to do so as soon as they can. It’s safe, free, effective and more convenient than ever. You can find a list of vaccination sites in Maricopa County, including pharmacies and some doctor’s offices. Or sign up for alerts to get notices about “pop up” events in your area.  

Every person who gets vaccinated helps the entire community reduce the chances of catching or spreading COVID-19. If you’re unsure about getting vaccinated, get facts from a credible source. Hear from community members who have chosen to get the vaccine.  

Delta variant update. As the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant has spread to 74 countries in just six months since its discovery, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is warning Americans that the strain will become the “predominant variant in the months ahead” in the United States. The Delta variant is believed to be 43 to 90 percent more transmissible than the previous COVID-19 strains and is now the dominant strain both in India and in the United Kingdom. All the vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. appear to provide powerful protection against all the variants, including Delta. But the rapid spread of the variants is still raising concern because of the large number of people who remain unvaccinated. Learn more about this and other COVID-19 variants

Take the county’s COVID-19 Impact Survey. The county is seeking feedback from residents ages 12 and older to understand how COVID-19 has impacted community health and how it can help support recovery efforts. Information collected will be kept confidential and used only in combination with others participating in the survey. This survey should take about 15 minutes. Take the survey

Join the “National Vaccine Month of Action.” The ‘We Can Do This’ campaign is mobilizing national organizations, community-based partners, influencers, celebrities, athletes and thousands of volunteers across the nation to empower their communities and get more people vaccinated. 

Here’s how you can help

  • Host in-person or virtual events 

  • Promote ways to get vaccinated 

  • Join the COVID-19 Community Corps 

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 City Hall re-opens today at reduced capacity for public meetings. Beginning today, Tuesday, June 22, Scottsdale will re-open City Council and other meetings to the public at reduced capacity.  

To provide physical distance between meeting participants, audience size for meetings in the City Hall Kiva is limited; seats will be available on a first come, first served basis. Overflow seating will be available in the adjacent One Civic Center building, where the audience can watch a video live stream of the meeting. People can come into City Hall from the overflow room for public comment and as space becomes available.   

While attendance at meetings was restricted, the city developed ways for the public to view meetings live online and comment remotely via telephone. Those options will remain for City Council and board and commission meetings while capacity is reduced. Learn more.   

Join the celebration for Scottsdale’s 70th anniversary of incorporation. The city is hosting several family-friendly events and invites the public to join in on the fun and learn about Scottsdale’s history. Activities include taking a retro ride through seven decades; participating in a Legacy Quest expedition; viewing photos and memorabilia; and helping donate 70 pints of blood in honor of our 70th year. Get all the details!   

Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts Gold Palette ArtWalk in conjunction with June Days. Join the fun from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, June 24, throughout the Scottsdale Arts District for this special event honoring the city’s 70th anniversary. It features refreshments and live entertainment designed to celebrate summer in Arizona while inspiring a vacation vibe. 

Attendees also can get a look at Alice Cooper's Andy Warhol painting before it goes to auction in the fall. "Little Electric Chair," the black-and-blood-red silkscreen legendary rocker Alice Cooper discovered in storage, will be available for public viewing from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Larsen Gallery, 3705 N. Bishop Lane. 

Watch this week’s “Scottsdale Fast Five.” See Alice Cooper’s Warhol, celebrate Pride Month and learn how to take part in our 70th Anniversary Legacy Quest. 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.   

From plans to move-in, Scottsdale can turn things quickly for businesses. Scottsdale continues to be a top city for business, and the recent move of Lifestance Health to Scottsdale is a prime example. The company had a full-floor tenant improvement project requiring quick turnaround to accommodate necessary out-of-state staff moves and a critical open for business date. A smooth transition hinged on an in-concert partnership between the city and Lifestance Health's architectural team to turn things around quickly.  

In many cities, this type of plan review takes at least two weeks, and sometimes can take up to four weeks. Scottsdale, working with the client's design team at Evolution Design, turned the plan review around in just three days.  

Learn more about Scottsdale’s responsive tenant improvement

Three fire captain positions to focus on community risk reduction. Their responsibilities will include fire inspections; investigation coordination; Firewi threats. Captains Pete Earls, Steve Hunter and Kelly Cavner are filling these inaugural positions. The new program replaces the shift Deputy Fire Marshal positions developed in 2017. The captains will begin in their new roles July 13. 

“Addressing specific risks in our community is a responsibility of every member of the fire department,” says Fire Chief Tom Shannon. “The new positions will allow SFD to quickly respond to a variety of these on a 24-hour shift schedule.” Learn more

Maricopa County sees rise in heat-related deaths. Learn how the Heat Relief Network keeps people safe. More than 320 people in Maricopa County lost their lives due to the heat last year -- a 62.3 percent increase from 2019 and nearly 15 times higher than in 2001. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) launched the Heat Relief Network in May with warnings that all residents are at risk, no matter their age or circumstance. 

The network provides relief by offering cooling centers, hydration stations and bottled water for those suffering in the extreme temperatures. Heat relief locations can be found on an interactive map, available online at the Heat Relief Network

Follow these tips to reduce heat-related illness: 

  • Increase fluid intake regardless of activity level. Staying hydrated is extremely important. 

  • Limit exercise or outdoor activity between the hours of 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

  • Never leave infants, children or pets inside a parked vehicle. 

  • When outdoors, wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 and reapply often. Wear a hat, lightweight clothing and sunglasses. 

  • Rest frequently in shady or cool areas to give the body's temperature a chance to recover and cool down. 

  • Respectfully check on elderly neighbors to make sure their air conditioning is working and in use. Take advantage of free air-conditioning by visiting locations like shopping malls, the library or other heat refuge locations provided on the map.  

Maricopa County Attorney's Office: Summer Safety Series: Utility Scams. As temperatures continue to heat up and utility bills increase, scammers impersonating utility companies will use phone calls, text messages, emails, and in-person visits to demand payment for "overdue bills." Falling for this type of scam could cost you hundreds of dollars, put your personal and financial information at risk and require time and effort to be sorted out. Families aren't the only ones at risk. Small businesses and companies are also targeted with employees wanting to resolve the issue as fast as possible.  

The best way to protect yourself from utility scams is to learn about them. This summer remember these warning signs and prevention tips to avoid becoming a victim. The county’s Keeping Families Safe initiative includes topics to help with Identity TheftScams & FraudSituational Awareness and more.  

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

 

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