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.
Johnson and Johnson vaccine approved for use. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday approved an Emergency Use Authorization for the third COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. The single-dose COVID-19 vaccine is for people 18 years and older. It's expected that 3 to 4 million doses will be shipped throughout the country by the end of next week; some headed to Arizona. Learn more.
Arizonans 55 and older are now eligible to get the vaccine. Arizona announced another leap forward in its vaccination plan, opening eligibility at two state-run sites for anyone 55 years of age or older. Ninety percent of Arizona’s deaths from COVID-19 have been among those 55 and older. The new hybrid approach will ensure the distribution of vaccine doses to individuals at high risk of severe outcomes, including hospitalization and death, from COVID-19 due to age while allowing local health departments to prioritize frontline essential workers through employer-based vaccination strategies.
Health departments may transition to the next age category when 55 percent of the current age category has received the vaccine or if they feel there’s no longer demand for the shots. Learn more.
Who shouldn’t get the vaccine? The only individuals who should not receive the vaccine are those who have a history of severe allergic reaction to this vaccine or any of its ingredients, including polyethylene glycol or polysorbate. Find ingredients in fact sheets for Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine.
Thank you, Maricopa County volunteers! Maricopa County Public Health volunteers hit a huge milestone last week. They recorded 40,000 hours of support for the county’s COVID-19 response effort. Volunteers are vital to operations … whether it’s answering phones or assisting at vaccination sites, the county couldn’t do it without their dedication. Learn how you can volunteer.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
Senior center hosts virtual scavenger hunt every Saturday. Join us every week this month as we take you through Scottsdale on a scavenger hunt! Tune into the Senior Services Facebook page for a chance to explore the city and win prizes. Each riddle will be posted at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the first person to comment with a selfie in front of the hidden object will be the weekly winner.
Scottsdale historian presents history of spring training in Scottsdale. Tune into Joan Fudala virtually at 11 a.m. Friday, March 12, to learn about the beginnings of baseball in Scottsdale. Register here; the program will be played on the library's YouTube channel.
The do’s and don’ts of hazardous waste disposal. Did you know many household items contain hazardous materials that can cause garbage truck fires and hurt the environment when improperly disposed? Watch this video from the city’s Solid Waste Services and the Fire Department to learn how to safely get rid of dangerous materials.
March is National Reading Month. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Scottsdale residents continue to use the many resources available at the library. We are all learning to do things differently during the pandemic, and Scottsdale Public Library is right there with you. The library’s mission is to “Put People at the Heart of Dynamic Library Services.” Thank you for using the library to keep the power of reading alive and well.
Southwest Gas is enhancing its online security. It will roll out the new system beginning Monday, May 3. Southwest Gas customers: find out how this impacts you and the way your account will be serviced here.
Heads up: Western Week is riding into town April 10-18. This year’s Western Week festivities, postponed from February due to the pandemic, will take place April 10-18. The 63rd Annual Hashknife Pony Express arrival takes place at Scottsdale Stadium to allow for proper physical distancing. The Arizona Indian Festival and the Western Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk will return, along with other themed events hosted by Old Town businesses. Activities will follow federal, state and local safety protocols. Please note that the Parada del Sol Parade has been canceled for 2021. Visit ScottsdaleWesternWeek.com for details.
One Civic Center pocket art park project names artist finalist. The Scottsdale Arts Public Art Board and Artist Selection Panel approved artist Michael Beitz to design and fabricate a pocket art park prototype at the southeast corner of Drinkwater Boulevard and Indian School Road. Funded through the Downtown Cultural Trust, this pilot project will demonstrate how a pocket park can be designed and integrated into an urban environment. Michael was selected from 89 respondents due to his ability to create sculptural forms that are interactive and inviting and show how creative placemaking can enhance the pedestrian experience. The project is slated to be completed by February 2022. Learn more about Scottsdale Public Art.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.