COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.
Reminder: 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 withdrew 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.
Reminder: 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.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, May 24-29
The facility is closed Sundays and Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day.
Here’s what you should know if you’re not vaccinated. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, the CDC recommends that you wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others. Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least six feet apart, especially around people who don’t live with you. Being in crowds makes you more likely to get or spread COVID-19, so avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available. Learn more.
What to know when you’ve been fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations. That includes local business and workplace guidance. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms, you should get tested and stay home and away from others. Learn more.
CDC continues to update guidance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will continue to update guidance and policies as the science emerges and more people are vaccinated. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested within three days of their flight (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months) and should still get tested three-five days after their trip. Learn more.
Lost your vaccine card? You can get a copy of your vaccination record from the Arizona Department of Health Services. Simply fill out this form and return it as indicated with a copy of your picture identification. You can email it, fax it or mail it to the addresses listed at the bottom of the form. Another way to get the form is to contact the Arizona Immunization Program Office directly via email at ASIISHelpDesk@azdhs.gov or by calling 602-364-3630. Allow five to seven business days for the state to process your request.
When you receive your duplicate vaccination record, take a picture of both sides. You can email yourself a copy to turn it into an electronic record you now have on file.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
June Days Summer Spectacular is a monthlong series of events to celebrate the beginning of summer. In addition to city-produced signature events, Old Town Scottsdale businesses, retailers, restaurants and galleries are getting into the spirit with special activities and deals of their own. From crafting workshops to sunrise yoga and bike-ride scavenger hunts to movie nights, June Days events will allow participants to exercise their mind, body and soul. June Days also will mark the summer solstice with a dedication for the new Solstice Park, which includes the Soleri Bridge & Plaza. The June 20 event features snow cones, live music and more. Learn more.
Fun fact about the naming of Solstice Park: The Soleri Bridge is anchored by two 64-foot pylons and is situated at a true north axis. The bridge is intended to mark solar events produced by the sun’s shadow. At each summer solstice (June 21) when the sun is highest in the sky, no shadow is cast. While at each winter solstice (Dec. 21) when the sun is lowest in the sky, the shadow is the longest, reaching to the bridge structure.
NCAA Golf Championships begin this week. The long-awaited start of a three-year run for the NCAA Golf Championships in Scottsdale is now just days away. The women are up first at Grayhawk Golf Club from May 21-26, followed by the men from May 28-June 2. The 2022 and 2023 nationals also will be held at Grayhawk, which was to have hosted for the first time in 2020 before all spring NCAA championships were canceled due to the pandemic. The championships will be televised on Golf Channel, and spectators will be allowed with free admission. Get more information.
Arizona State Library awards three grants to Scottsdale Public Library. A total of $11,000 will help the library expand its Citizen Science Program, improve staff development and expand virtual programming. Two of the grants are funded through the Library Services and Technology Act, the third grant is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act. Learn more about the Scottsdale Library.
Discover American roots music at Performing Arts Center. Look no further than the center to discover the music that has become known around the world. The incredible vocals of these talented artists are on full display during their one-night-only concerts. Enjoy one of American roots music’s most impactful performers Mavis Staples and JJ Grey & Mofro’s soulful musical storytelling. This season also presents a can’t-miss collaboration between Joan Osborne and The Weepies and one of the genre’s most captivating singer-songwriters Marc Cohn. Plus, it wouldn’t be an American roots series without the genre-defying Keb’ Mo’. Learn more and get tickets.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.