COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.
Scottsdale removes mask requirement in light of CDC recommendation. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has adjusted guidance and now says that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any non-healthcare setting. In the wake of that announcement, Scottsdale Mayor David D. Ortega is withdrawing his Jan. 13 emergency proclamation related to masks. Covering one’s nose and mouth when interacting with others is still encouraged, but masks are no longer required in city buildings and facilities.
Withdrawing the mask order acknowledges the CDC’s latest guidance and the fact that Scottsdale has the highest vaccination rate of the major Valley cities.
According to the Maricopa County Vaccine Dashboard, more than half of Scottsdale residents are now fully vaccinated (60 percent have received at least the first dose, while 52 percent have been fully vaccinated).
Anyone 12 and older is eligible for vaccinations at WestWorld. Minors must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or authorized adult. This adult is required to sign a consent and attestation form at the time of the appointment. Walk-ins are accepted, but registering in advance will get you through even quicker. The WestWorld vaccination site is open:
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 15
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, May 17
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, May 18-22
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, May 24-29
The facility is closed Sundays and Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day.
“Build a Community of Immunity” by getting your vaccine and encouraging others to do the same. When we start small, big things can happen.
Vaccine demand increases need for volunteers at WestWorld. With the recent announcement of expanded vaccine eligibility, the WestWorld vaccine site is preparing for an uptick in visitors. Each day, dozens of volunteers are needed to work alongside Cigna’s health-care professionals in staffing the site. Schedule your volunteer shift.
Ride-sharing companies offer free rides to vaccinations through July 4. Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. offer free rides to and from vaccination sites through July 4 under a new partnership with the White House. The program is part of the Biden administration's effort to meet a target of 70 percent of the U.S. adult population getting at least one vaccine dose by July 4.
While the companies were already providing free or discounted rides in some circumstances, the rides will now be free to anyone in the U.S. who is going to a vaccination site to get the shot. Uber and Lyft will promote the rides to and from tens of thousands of vaccination sites through their apps. The feature will launch in the next two weeks. Learn more.
Who’s been vaccinated? The latest data show that 1.3 million Maricopa County residents are fully vaccinated; women are getting vaccinated at a higher rate than men; and older populations have been vaccinated at higher rates than younger populations. View more data.
Pandemic volunteers provide nearly $3 million value countywide. Since December 2020, volunteers in Maricopa County’s Medical Reserve Corps have donated 94,360 hours of their time to assist in the effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. These hours represent more than $2.9 million in economic value. Learn more.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
Learn more about the inner workings of city government. Sign up today for the first session of Scottsdale 360, a virtual learning series about the people, policies and programs that shape our community. Assistant City Manager Brent Stockwell will share an organizational overview of the city, past and present from 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, May 27. The summer series will include a new Zoom webinar every two weeks through Aug. 5. Scottsdale 360 is taking the place of two traditionally in-person programs that are on hold during COVID-19 restrictions including Scottsdale 101. Learn more.
High ozone pollution advisory issued through today. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through Friday, May 14. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between noon-6 p.m. if and when outdoors.
Support Spring Arizona Restaurant Week, May 21-30. Arizona Restaurant Week showcases local chefs and their culinary achievements with special menus and dining experiences at participating restaurants. Each eatery is featuring a three-course, prix-fixe menu ranging from $33 to $44 per person.
Scottsdale seeks its next poet laureate. Scottsdale resident Bob Frost has been Scottsdale's poet laureate since 2010. Now, Bob is ready to become the city's first poet laureate emeritus - and hand the reins over to a new poet laureate. The mayor's office is working in partnership with Scottsdale Public Library and Scottsdale Arts on the 2021 Poet Laureate search. The search seeks a poet to continue Bob's work, someone who will enhance the profile of poetry, poets, and literary arts throughout Scottsdale, especially for those with less access or exposure to poetry.
Practicing poets 18 and older who have demonstrable connections to Scottsdale are invited to apply. The poet laureate will serve a four-year term and will be provided an annual honorarium of $1,500. Learn more and apply by Friday, June 4.
View “Visions ‘21,” an exhibit featuring local high school students. Visions is an invitational visual arts program that has been provided to metro Phoenix area teens for 22 years. Through the appreciation and creation of art, Visions aims to cultivate the development of teen social and mental well-being while enhancing social connections, opening dialogue and promoting tolerance and confidence. Thirty-four pieces of art are included in the exhibit, which are on display through Sept. 13, in the Center Space gallery at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St. For more information or to view a virtual version of the exhibition, Visit ScottsdaleArtsLearning.org/exhibitions/.
Protect yourself on the internet – keep your browsers up to date. For your safety when using the internet, you should always run the latest version of your chosen browser. Here are some reasons why you should update your default browser today:
The city website will work for you. To protect citizens and the city network, we will be keeping our technologies updated and encouraging visitors on older browsers to update before entering the website.
Better security. A compromised web browser could make your personal information public. Vulnerable browsers may also facilitate the download of spyware that can capture passwords, credit card numbers and screenshots to pass along to hackers. Updating your browser provides protection against these types of threats.
Better website compatibility. Websites using new technology will look as they should and work better. Often older browsers will not function properly on modern websites and will not be able to display parts of the website. It is not uncommon for sites like your bank, sites where you pay bills or even Facebook and Gmail to turn away visitors on older browsers.
Faster speed. Every newer generation of a browser improves the speed at which you can use the internet – loading websites you visit faster and making the tasks you carry out on those websites faster too.
Updating is easy, takes just a few minutes and is free. Some web browsers have an auto-update feature enabled by default. Go to your browser settings and select “about” and it should show you the current version and tell you if it is the most up-to-date version.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.