Scottsdale Update - March 23, 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.

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.

Arizona expands COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to those 16 and older. Registration at Arizona’s state-operated COVID-19 vaccination sites in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties will open to all Arizonans, age 16 and older, beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 24. The change advances a hybrid approach that had been based on age and also has had counties vaccinating frontline essential workers. It applies to appointments still available for this week at state sites in Maricopa and Pima counties. Learn more about registration and information about vaccination sites across Arizona.

AstraZeneca seeks approval for fourth vaccine option. A fourth vaccine may be available soon as pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca asks for emergency use authorization in early April. Trial results indicate it is 77 percent effective against symptomatic disease and 100 percent effective against hospitalization. If approved, the vaccine would be available immediately.

Here’s all you need to know about vaccines. Whether you want to find out who’s eligible, search for vaccination sites and appointments or learn more about vaccine safety and efficacy, the county has you covered at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Vaccine.

COVID-19 variants have been reported in Arizona. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring variants of COVID-19 across the country. As of Friday, COVID-19 variants have been reported in all 50 states. In Arizona, there have been 50 reported cases of the B.1.1.7 variant (also known as the UK variant), four cases of the P.1 variant (the Brazilian variant) and no cases of the B.1.351 variant (South African variant).

Mutations in the virus genome change the characteristics in these variants and cause the virus to act differently than it did in 2020 (i.e. more severe illness, the ability to spread quicker between humans, necessitates different treatments, doesn’t respond in the same way to current vaccines, etc.). The variants are named for the countries in which they were first identified. 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 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

More opportunities Wednesday to comment on Scottsdale General Plan. The Scottsdale Planning Commission will hear Case 1-GP-2021 Wednesday, March 24. The case pertains to a General Plan Amendment (adoption of a new Scottsdale General Plan 2035) in order to revisit and revise the community’s long-term objectives and land development policies for future growth, development and redevelopment and to amend existing General Plan elements. The purpose of this meeting is to get additional public input on the draft plan. This meeting will be held electronically; please see the agenda for more details.

Celebrate Earth Day with these events:

  • Green Building Webinar: Simple Solutions to Restore Our Earth - Learn about Dorie Morales' journey with Green Living magazine, and her guide to a living a more sustainable life. She will walk you through a home tour and offer simple solutions to help you live a more eco-conscious life. The program runs from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 1. Read more and register here.

  • Spring Gardening Webinar: Join master gardeners Joan Baron and Morgan Winburn as they share tips and planting ideas for your gardens. If you are eager to have a beautiful robust garden, now is not the time to procrastinate! We will walk you around the garden and show starter plants, flowering plants and talk about preventing the aphids from moving in. The program runs from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, April 15. Learn more and register.

Scottsdale Sister Cities hosts a free pop-up live jazz concert to commemorate April’s International Jazz Month. This nonprofit organization invites you to a free live in-person concert at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the Ascension Lutheran Church courtyard, Paradise Valley. Pandemic protocols will be in place with spaces marked six feet apart and face covering requirements. Bring your own chair and water. Restrooms will not be available. The event is limited to 60 people, and registration is required.

All aboard for Tents by the Tracks. Experience a night of fun and adventure while camping at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. We will offer a variety of activities suitable for all ages, including a full dinner, a movie, breakfast, and train and carousel rides. Hartley’s General Store will be open for ice cream and other treats. The event runs from 4 p.m.-8 a.m. April 10-11. Cost varies by space and number of people in your party. Learn more and register.

The show will go on for Summer Concert Series; but not for Mighty Mud Mania. McCormick-Railroad Park’s Summer Concert Series will take place this year, starting Sunday, May 30. We’re limiting attendance, and those wanting to participate must purchase tickets to assigned seating. Learn more.

The city has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Mighty Mud Mania due to the inability to offer physical distancing. We will continue to explore other events that meet pandemic safety protocols. We will share that information when it is available on our websitesocial media accounts and newsletters.

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

 

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