Scottsdale Update - May 21, 2021


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here

Scottsdale enters moderate community spread. Scottsdale COVID-19 cases decreased to 46.5 new cases per 100,000 residents during the most recent week of data from Maricopa County (May 2). That’s a 13.7 percent decrease from the previous week, with an estimated 121 new cases among the city’s population of about 260,000. This is the fourth consecutive week with a decrease in case rates. This is our first time below the substantial community spread threshold of 50 cases per 100,000 residents in 31 weeks (since Oct. 4, 2020). For the same time period, the state’s rate was 56 per 100,000 and the rate for Maricopa County was 68 per 100,000, according to the state’s dashboard. 

Based on data from Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard, vaccination rates continue to rise in Scottsdale — 61.5 percent of the city’s residents have received at least the first dose, while 53.5 percent have been fully vaccinated. Scottsdale still has the highest vaccination rate among all major Valley cities.  

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.   

The CDC is tracking COVID-19 variants nationwide. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring variants of COVID-19 across the country. COVID-19 variants have been reported in all 50 states. For the most recent week of available data (April 11), Arizona had 152 reported cases of the UK variant, seven cases of the Brazilian variant and three cases of the South African variant. 

It is typical for viruses to change through mutation as they continue spreading, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes, new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants appear and linger. Learn more

Getting the vaccine means safer reunion with loved ones. If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. 

  • Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. 

Do you have a story or photo to share of a reunion you’ve had that was made possible by the COVID-19 vaccine? Contact Public Information Officer Jan Horne at to share your story and photos.  

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 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 to access city services online.


Watch Scottsdale’s Fast Five video. Scottsdale City Court has a new online chat feature, the NCAA Golf Championships are underway at Grayhawk Golf Club and Scottsdale Water’s executive director was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to serve as a commissioner on the Arizona Water Protection Fund. These are just three of five things happening in Scottsdale that you need to know and highlighted in this week’s Fast Five with Stephanie Hirata. Watch now

Summer Concert Series runs through July 4; tickets required. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Summer Concert Series will take place this year, starting Sunday, May 30. However, that date and a couple others – June 6 and 27 – are already sold out. You can still purchase tickets for three other concerts which run from 7:30-9 p.m. Sunday evenings and feature a variety of local bands. Bring a blanket or chair and relax in the park. Pack a picnic or enjoy something tasteful from one of the food trucks that will be onsite. We’re limiting attendance, and those wanting to participate must purchase tickets to assigned seating. Learn more.  

Residents invited to participate in library’s Summer Reading Program. Make sure your students return to school well-prepared by having them participate in this program. This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales.” It runs from June 1-Aug. 1 and is available for all ages. Sign up, log minutes reading and earn prizes. 

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

Be prepared when hiking. The official start of summer is just weeks away, but triple-digit temperatures are already here. Understand the risks of venturing out into the heat unprepared. Scottsdale Fire offers important safety information for those seeking to explore the desert.  

Learn about Scottsdale’s major hiking trails: 

Get the most out of your brush and bulk collection service. Put the right stuff - at the right time - in the right place. Please place your brush and bulk items in separate piles three feet apart.  

Scottsdale EZ is here to assist you. Whether it’s a malfunctioning streetlight, a fresh pothole or a broken trash can, this online service makes it easier to report problems with city facilities or services. Scottsdale EZ lets you quickly report issues on your desktop or mobile device and provides the city with a consolidated tracking and reporting system. 

Fight the bite … from mosquitoes. Help eliminate and prevent mosquitoes from breeding by following these simple tips

Summer is bee season. Learn how to protect yourself. If you are attacked, run as far and as fast as possible; get shelter in a building or car; cover your eyes and face; don't swat at bees; and don't jump into a pool. Call a bee removal company if you find a hive on private property. Call 480-312-5000 if it's on city-owned property. 

Fire up the grill. Temperatures are rising, which makes it a good time to keep the kitchen cool and heat up the outside barbecue grill. To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, perform these safety checks

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

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