COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.
COVID-19 case count increases in Scottsdale. For the first time in five weeks, the latest data from Maricopa County show an increase in the COVID-19 case count in Scottsdale. The data, which is reported on a two-week lag, shows 43.4 cases per 100,000 residents for the week of May 16. For context, 43.4 cases per 100,000 means that there are about 113 new cases within the population of Scottsdale over that seven-day period.
The city’s pandemic policies require Scottsdale and Maricopa County to be at the moderate level (less than 50 cases per 100,000) for two consecutive weeks before we consider making changes consistent with the new level. Scottsdale has reached this level, but the county has not. The earliest we might reach that level is June 17.
Arizona's state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites will begin to close by June 28. The state will focus on bringing more shots to local neighborhoods, pharmacies and doctors' offices. All state-run vaccination sites (NAU, ASU, Dexcom and WestWorld) are expected to close on or before Monday, June 28. Book an appointment.
State-run/CIGNA WestWorld vaccine site to shut down June 18. 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.
Those getting their first dose at this site will be referred to another community vaccine site to get their second dose.
Get vaccinated June 15 at Paiute Neighborhood Center. The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines will be available to the public from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, at the Paiute Neighborhood Center, 6535 E. Osborn Road. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Need help with registration? Call Paiute at 480-312-2529.
President calls for a National Month of Action for all Americans. This action is to encourage people to get vaccinated if they have not yet done so and to help others get their vaccines. The goal is to have 70 percent of Americans vaccinated by July 4, so our country can be independent and free of COVID-19. Learn more.
According to President Biden, nearly 170 million Americans, 52 percent of the country's adults, have been vaccinated. Since January, the average daily number of COVID-19 cases are down from 184,000 to 19,000, below 20,000 for the first time since March 2020. Average hospitalizations are down from 117,000 to 21,000. Death rates are down more than 85 percent. Vaccines are working.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
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 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.
June Days 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.
Scottsdale’s Juneteenth Freedom Celebration is June 19. The city has partnered with a local group, GenerationBLK, to host a Juneteenth Freedom Celebration from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Juneteenth commemorates the abolition of slavery – more specifically the emancipation of enslaved Africans in Texas, who did not receive the news until two years after abolition.
Expect a relaxed community vibe, a DJ and live music, food from AZ BBQ Shack, snow cones, games, and historical information. Beer permits are available for purchase. Families can bring chairs or a picnic on the lawn. Park amenities feature the Scottsdale Charros merry-go-round and the train ride. Tickets for these rides are $3 per person.
Seniors – Join the phone discussion group! At 2 p.m. every Thursday we discuss unique topics that stir interesting conversations. There’s a new topic each week:
- June 3: “Lessons Learned” - What is the hardest lesson you have ever learned? What would you do if faced with the same situation again? Do you think it is best to learn firsthand or from advice?
- June 10: “Who is Your Inner Charlie Chaplin?” - Who is the funniest person you know? This person could be from past or present. Is it a friend, family member, movie star … or maybe it’s you! What makes them so funny?
- June 17: “Light at the End of the Tunnel” - Now that activities are starting again, what is something you can’t wait to return to? Is it going to your favorite restaurant? Seeing a movie with friends? Or maybe attending large social events?
- June 24: “Hip to be Square” - Share your favorite and least favorite foods and meals. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
To access the discussion group via phone:
Listen for the prompts
Press 409 832 787 #
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.
Club SAR is open to the public! Face coverings are encouraged while in the facility and social distancing is required. We offer classes including yoga, spin, barre and rowing. The basketball court remains closed to maintain space between equipment. Drop-in and memberships options are available. Get details.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.