Scottsdale Update - March 5, 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.  

More than 20 percent of Maricopa County residents have received one vaccine dose. Maricopa County residents have received more than one million doses of the vaccine. About 715,000 adult residents have been vaccinated with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and about half of that group has received a second dose.  

The risk of serious illness due to COVID-19 increases with age, which is why older adults have been prioritized for vaccine. According to the data: 

  • 66 percent of Maricopa County residents 75 or older have received at least one dose of vaccine. 

  • 54 percent 65-74 have already received at least one dose of vaccine. 

When will essential workers get vaccines? A lot of people are wondering when frontline essential workers will be able to get vaccinated. New state guidance allows counties to begin working with employers to ensure frontline workers who cannot telework and are public-facing are prioritized. The county will begin determining phasing and timelines for this important group. Details coming soon. Find out when you can get vaccinated

Learn how mRNA vaccines work. The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University created this video to explain how messenger RNA vaccines work. Learn more from Johns Hopkins.  

Schools ordered to offer in-person learning for K-12 schools by Monday, March 15. Governor Doug Ducey’s executive order applies to most counties, including Maricopa. You can view updated school benchmarks here. The county has been working diligently over the past several weeks to vaccinate teachers and school staff. It has administered more than 40,000 doses to teachers, staff and childcare workers.

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

Be a part of Scottsdale’s vision - provide feedback on the General Plan 2035 Update. Residents have plenty of opportunities to provide input on Scottsdale’s General Plan Update. The plan is the primary tool for guiding the future of the city. It contains the community’s goals and policies on:  

  • Character and design  

  • Land use  

  • Open space and the natural environment  

  • Business and economics  

  • Neighborhood vitality  

  • Transportation and growth  

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, community health and well-being, and the character of neighborhoods.  

Attend a virtual General Plan open house Monday, March 8. 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. There are three different time slots available for the Monday open house meetings – pick the time that works best for you

Scottsdale considering ordinance to promote equality and prohibit discrimination. The Scottsdale City Council will consider adopting an anti-discrimination ordinance as recommended by the city's Human Relations Commission, a seven-member advisory group appointed by the City Council. With staff research and work to draft a proposed ordinance complete, the concept is moving forward for public consideration. The draft ordinance addresses gaps in federal, state and local law that can result in persons being denied service, housing or employment in Scottsdale, particularly in small businesses which comprise the vast majority of all businesses in Scottsdale. Read more.

World Open Data Day is Saturday - why this is important. Open data – it's the idea that data should be freely available and accessible to everyone. It's also a tool for Scottsdale to promote openness, transparency and accountability. For example, you can view active building permits for your neighborhood, plan your commute or locate public amenities such as libraries, parks and trails. Discover other ways the city uses data to make decisions and deliver services.  

Seasonal “Shred It” events resume. 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.   

Students can apply for Scottsdale Community Collaborative scholarships. High school seniors who enroll at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in Arizona are eligible. Since 2007, 45 students have been awarded nearly $110,000 in scholarships. The sponsors of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration provide the funds. Application deadline is Monday, March 22. Learn about the criteria and apply.   

The ARTrageous Gala benefiting Scottsdale Arts goes virtual. Save the date – 7 p.m. Saturday, April 10, for this fundraising event which benefits Scottsdale Arts and its four operating branches: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation. You can elevate your at-home experience with decadent sips and scrumptious bites provided by Atlasta, plus exclusive treats from Scottsdale Arts. Register here for the experience that best suits you.

Celebrating Women’s History Month. Women create, design, contribute, challenge and pioneer, but may still struggle to be heard and taken seriously. Or they must change who they are to fit in because of unconscious biases, beliefs or culture. A healthier approach calls for us to “lean in” to be an ally and foster equity, harbor open-minded, diverse perspectives and empower innovation by making simple changes in team dynamics. Let’s make this month a time to recognize and amp up the voice of women in our community. Learn more about Women’s History Month

Leaving for a cooler location this summer and have a water softener? Save water, salt and energy by making sure your water softener does not regenerate while you are away. Regeneration uses water to clean the water softener’s resin beads periodically so it can efficiently soften water. If you have an on-demand water softener, this only occurs as needed, if you have a timed water softener then it regenerates on a set schedule. Either way, disengage the water softener by using the bypass located at the top of water softener and unplug it. Refer to your owner’s manual for specifics. You may also want to go a step further and help keep salts out of our wastewater and environment by taking advantage of Scottsdale’s water softener removal rebate.  

Zoomers virtually celebrate founder's 184th birthday. State Historian Marshall Trimble, Community Historian Joan Fudala and Storyteller Bruce Wall shared tales of Scottsdale’s storied past, including ones about our founder and his wife Helen. If you missed the actual celebration, you’re invited to watch the program on YouTube.   

MADD honors city prosecutors. Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Assistant City Prosecutors Ed Schoeler and Jared Johnson with DUI Enforcement Prosecutors of the Year awards for their work in prosecuting hundreds of DUI cases. Get details.  

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

 

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