Scottsdale Update - March 12, 2021


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

Remember, a healthy Scottsdale starts with you. Stay home when you can, practice physical distancing, cover your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently. Find downloadable graphics for social media and request a poster pack for your business or organization.

All three vaccines are effective. All three authorized COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) have been proven to be highly effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. For most people, the best vaccine is the one that is available first. However, if you have previously had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredients in a vaccine or have concerns, check with your doctor about your options. Compare the vaccines.

Frontline essential workers – it's your turn for the vaccine. People who have been serving the public since the start of the pandemic and have the highest risk of exposure will get their shot at a COVID-19 vaccine starting this week. Maricopa County Public Health will begin distributing nearly 34,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to employers and other organizations to vaccinate frontline essential workers. These are people who must perform their work-related duties on site, within six feet of others. The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will quickly provide these workers with full protection. This effort will happen largely through private events, hosted by employers or community partners.

Who qualifies as a frontline essential worker? The county is working directly off guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Arizona’s statewide Vaccine and Antiviral Prioritization Advisory Committee, in prioritizing frontline essential workers. This group includes:

  • Food and agriculture

  • Grocery store, convenience store and carnicerias

  • U.S. Postal Service

  • Public transit

  • State and local government

  • Funeral homes (if not previously covered in 1A)

  • Manufacturing

These groups are further defined at under “Who is Eligible Now.”

Here’s the latest vaccination data. Maricopa County Public Health released new countywide vaccination data this week. The data show:

  • Nearly 805,000 Maricopa County residents have been vaccinated with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. That is 23 percent of all adult Maricopa County residents.

  • More than two-thirds of those vaccinated in Maricopa County are 55 years or older.

  • 69 percent of adults 75 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine.

  • 60 percent of adults 65-74 have received at least one dose of vaccine.

  • Nearly 25 percent of adults 55-64 have received at least one dose of vaccine.

CDC issues guidelines to help fully vaccinated people safely visit others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued its first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may safely resume. The new guidance is based on the latest science. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to take these COVID-19 precautions when in public, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple other households and when around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19. See other CDC resources to help fully vaccinated people make informed decisions.

FEMA works toward equitable vaccine distribution. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has established a Civil Rights Advisory Group as part of the agency's COVID-19 vaccination mission. The advisory group’s mission is to evaluate the policies, practices, strategies and plans in place to ensure equity in vaccine access and administration. The advisory group created a Civil Rights Checklist to provide states, territories and tribes a list of civil rights considerations and resources to ensure equitable vaccine access. 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 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.


Introducing the Pony Express @ Appaloosa. The Pony Express @ Appaloosa is a self-service model that allows registered patrons to use their library cards to access the building without staff on the floor. The facility has been closed to the public since mid-March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While its drive-thru service has been available, the library has sought creative ways to better serve customers. This is the latest innovation. The Scottsdale Public Library’s website has a comprehensive FAQ section that provides details regarding the service and what patrons can expect inside the building.

Scottsdale Fire is getting ahead of fire season. More than any other Valley city, Scottsdale has an increased wildfire risk due to our urban interface with the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and other vegetation-rich open spaces. Last year, the city saw a 30 percent increase in these fires, May through August. The city has hired Dave Ramirez, a former Tonto National Forest division chief, to develop a fire plan, lead wildfire training and work with community partners to develop ways to mitigate hazardous fuels within Scottsdale. Learn how residents can help stop the spread of wildfires.

Planning case dashboard provides project updates. This online map tool allows you to see active planning and development projects throughout the city and in your neighborhoods. Cases are easily identified on the map and users can conveniently access the case information sheet related to a specific project.

Seasonal “Shred It” events resume; attend Saturday. Protect your identity by bringing your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" events. They run from 7-10 a.m. Saturdays, March 13, April 10 and May 8, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box.

Attend a virtual General Plan open house Monday, March 15. The city will host a series of virtual open houses about the draft General Plan 2035 via Zoom. Each open house will include a brief presentation about the General Plan, followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions as well as provide public comment on the draft plan. Register for the virtual open houses and learn about other public input opportunities for the General Plan update here.

Vietnam War Veterans Commemoration slated for March 29. The Arizona Military Museum is hosting an informal gathering at noon Monday, March 29, at the Vietnam Memorial in Phoenix Wesley Bolin Memorial Park. The event serves to thank Vietnam veterans and commemorate their service in the Vietnam War and to recognize the service and duty rendered by all servicemen and women of this era. More than 58,000 gave their lives serving their country in this war. March 29 honors Vietnam Veterans on the anniversary of the withdrawal of military units from South Vietnam. Face coverings are preferred even though the event will be outside. Food or beverages will not be provided, and the nearest restroom facilities are in the Capitol Building across the street. Download the event flyer (PDF).

Arts center presents Thursday evening film series. This series features five movies that range from music icon documentaries to family-friendly stories for all ages. Enjoy the films under the stars along the greenspace outside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and inside the Virginia G. Piper Theater. Films run at 8 p.m. March 25; April 1, 8 and 24; and May 8.

Sunday A’fair outdoor concerts take place Sundays in March. The series provides performances in a smaller, intimate setting along the Fountain Stage on Scottsdale Civic Center. The concerts will feature physically-distanced pods that can be reserved for groups of four or fewer. Reservations are first come, first served. Reserve your timed-entry admission today.

Get drawn into Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. Stroll at your own pace, wander into galleries through a festive area enjoying dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and live music. ArtWalk runs from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, year-round in Old Town. COVID-19 protocols are in place. 

Veg out at the Old Town Farmers Market. Buy fresh vegetables, fruits and creative crafts at Scottsdale’s Old Town Farmers Market. It’s held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through May. The market is in the public parking lot at 3806 N. Brown Ave. COVID-19 protocols are in place.

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


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