Scottsdale Update - March 30, 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 and wash your hands frequently. Find downloadable graphics for social media and request a poster pack for your business or organization.  

Scottsdale’s face coverings reminder. Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order last week that rescinds his previous executive orders concerning the COVID-19 global pandemic. Here’s how it affects Scottsdale: 

  • Local governments can require masks in their own facilities. The city requires the use of face coverings inside city facilities including Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. If patrons do not comply with this requirement, they will be asked to leave. This policy can and will be legally enforced. 

  • Face coverings are no longer required during outdoor events on city property. However, those attending outdoor Scottsdale Arts events are still required to social distance from event participants not in their immediate household.  

  • Scottsdale businesses can choose to require patrons to wear face coverings.  

  • Public transit riders and operators must continue to wear face coverings, in accordance with a January 2021 Presidential order.    

Learn more

We are still in substantial community spread; precautions are just as important as ever. We have seen improvements since the start of the year, but there is still substantial spread of COVID-19 in Maricopa County. See the data on community spread by zip code, school district or city. While requirements are changing at the state level, the medical advice is not. We should all continue to do things to keep ourselves, our neighbors and our families healthy: keep your distance and mask up when you can't, avoid crowds and get vaccinated. 

Aquatic and fitness centers expand and open. Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers are open for lap swim, lessons and fitness classes. Fitness centers are available to the public, as well. These changes come on the heels of Gov. Doug Ducey’s new executive order that rescinds his previous orders concerning the COVID-19 global pandemic. Face coverings are still required inside city buildings, including fitness centers.  

Arizona Department of Health Services opens relocated vaccine site Monday, April 5. This new site replaces the current outdoor one that operated at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The Dexcom facility, 8046 E. Ray Road in Mesa, will offer up to 4,000 appointments a day, operating from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week. It can support 12,000 indoor appointments and 24-hour operation. Appointments are required and will be available via the state's registration siteFind other locations to get a vaccine

Do you need to get the vaccine if you’ve already had and recovered from COVID-19? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, yes, you should get vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected. Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19 in real-world conditions. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available. 

Why can’t younger children receive the vaccine? A COVID-19 vaccine has not been authorized for children younger than 16. Because the immune systems in children are different from adults, vaccines must be tested in younger age groups to ensure safety and efficacy in younger people. 

All three vaccine manufacturers currently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration are conducting trials that include participants between ages 12 and 18 with their parents’ permission. Moderna also has started a clinical trial to test the vaccine in children younger than 12, including babies as young as six months. It may be late 2021 or even 2022 before there is enough evidence on the timing, safety, effectiveness and practical aspects of vaccinating children for the coronavirus, especially children younger than 12. Learn more

What should I be mindful of after I’ve been fully vaccinated? If you’ve been fully vaccinated, that means it’s been two weeks since your second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Here are some things you can start doing, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:   

  • Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask. 

  • Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 

  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.  

  • However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms. 

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

Mayor Ortega denounces hate crimes against Asian American Pacific Islanders. He recently issued this statement: “Over the past year the Asian and Asian-American community in the United States has suffered an increasing number of hate crimes. This is unacceptable and un-American. We must stand against the acts of hate and racism as we stand in solidarity with our Asian and Asian-American friends, neighbors and community. As Mayor of Scottsdale, I reaffirm our commitment to end racism in all its forms and denounce any actions rooted in intolerance and hatred.” Learn more

Scottsdale refinances bonds, saving nearly $25 million. Scottsdale has taken advantage of low interest rates and the city’s excellent bond ratings to refinance portions of the city’s debt, saving taxpayers an estimated $24.7 million over the life of the bonds. The city completed the first portion of this refinancing in December 2020, involving $168.2 million in general obligation bonds. Based on current market conditions, this will achieve a net savings to the city and its taxpayers of more than $13.2 million. 

In January, the city refinanced $143.1 million in Municipal Property Corporation bonds with a total all-in interest cost of 1.5 percent – the lowest in the city’s MPC history. This refinancing will result in savings of $11.5 million.  

All three major rating agencies – Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service – recently reaffirmed their highest ratings of AAA for Scottsdale’s General Obligation bonds, which are backed by property tax revenue. The rating agencies cited the city’s diverse local economy and Scottsdale’s record for excellent fiscal management as key reasons for the high bond ratings. Learn more

Veterans AZ spotlights local veterans. Hundreds of thousands of veterans call Scottsdale and other Arizona communities home, but many do so with little attention or fanfare. Veterans AZ is a new video and podcast series that will share their stories, and focus attention on the many organizations and programs that serve veterans in the Valley of the Sun. Find video episodes at VeteransAZ.org, and listen in your favorite podcast app. 

Grants available to spruce up neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program is live and ready to provide assistance in maintaining and revitalizing Scottsdale’s mature neighborhoods. Eligible projects include landscape maintenance, landscape enhancement, perimeter wall maintenance, limited alley improvements and neighborhood signage. Scottsdale’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission will review and approve NEGP application funding.  Learn more and submit an application.  

April is Valley Bike Month – pledge to make a difference. With Valley Bike Month just around the corner, now is the perfect time to think about ways to get around on two wheels. Whether it’s to the grocery store, the park or to work, any cycling during April counts. Take the Valley Bike Month pledge before Wednesday, March 31, to be eligible to win gift cards. From the Valley Bike Month page, go to Challenges then select “Available Challenges.”  

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


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