COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.
Scottsdale’s COVID-19 cases are decreasing. Scottsdale’s cases per 100,000 residents decreased to 35.3 cases per 100,000 residents for the week of April 18. This is a decrease of 11.2 cases (down 24.1 percent) per 100,000 residents since the prior week. This is a decrease of 604.5 cases per 100,000 since the peak on Jan. 3. It’s also the fifth consecutive week with a decrease in case rates, and the lowest rate since Sept. 20. This is our second straight week at moderate community transmission after 31 straight weeks at substantial community transmission, defined as 50 cases per 100,000.
The city’s policies state that Scottsdale (and Maricopa County overall) should be at the moderate level for two consecutive weeks before we consider making changes consistent with the new level. Scottsdale has reached this level, but the county has not. The earliest we might reach that level is June 10. View the county’s data dashboard.
Planning a holiday gathering? If you plan to gather this weekend with people who don’t live with you, celebrations held outdoors are safer than indoor gatherings. There are steps you can take to limit your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19:
If you are sick or have been near someone who thinks they may have or have been exposed to COVID-19, cancel the gathering.
Provide single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like plates and utensils.
Limit the number of guests.
Have extra unused masks available for your guests and encourage everyone to wear them inside and outside.
Clean frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
If celebrating indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible. You can use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out of the window. This will pull fresh air in through the other open windows.
Have a separate space for guests to wash their hands or provide hand sanitizer.
Things to remember if you’re heading out of town for the holiday weekend. You will 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 this holiday weekend.
The CDC 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 a trip. Read the CDC Federal Mask Requirement.
Maricopa County launches “Take Care” campaign. Maricopa County Public Health officials are encouraging people to get the facts, then get the shot as part of a new promotional campaign for COVID-19 vaccines. The “Take Care” campaign includes television and radio ads, billboards, and social media promotions in English and Spanish. People featured in this campaign are real Maricopa County residents who got vaccinated against COVID-19, and many of the photos are from actual vaccine events held across the county. Find a vaccine near you.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
City offices closed Monday for Memorial Day. Most city offices will be closed Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day. Your garbage and recycling collection will not be affected. Place your items where your trash/recycling is typically picked up by 5 a.m. the morning of your collection or the evening before. View the holiday collection schedule.
Join us on Memorial Day to honor those who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military. Keynote speakers include Mayor David D. Ortega and Rep. David Schweikert, U.S. House of Representatives. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31, at the Chaplain Statue outside City Hall.
Learn how to optimize sustainability with a remodel at upcoming Green Building Education Series. Tune in from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, to discover cost-effective strategies for achieving net zero energy in a remodeling project using renewable energy, efficient mechanical systems and smart home technologies. Register for the free webinar.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts announces 2021–22 season. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents a brand-new season filled with concerts and performances for a wide range of tastes from eclectic to traditional, from Grammy-winning artists in jazz, American roots, classical and global music to Broadway greats to expressive contemporary dance to laugh-out-loud comedy to a family series for the young and young-at-heart. Get details and buy tickets.
Public and lap swim return to aquatic centers. Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers will be open for public swimming starting Friday, June 11, and offered Friday-Sunday with reservable time slots for each day. Birthday party packages also will be available during public swim hours. Lap swim will be offered from 8 a.m.-noon weekdays beginning Monday, June 7, at Chaparral Aquatic Center. Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch will offer lap swim at various days and times. See a complete schedule and more information.
Free kids' lunches available beginning June 7 at Civic Center Library. This service will provide free lunches for kids and teens throughout the summer. Parents and guardians can pick up lunches in the lower-level lobby area of Civic Center Library from noon-1 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the end of July. Scottsdale Unified School District is providing the lunches. Call the district’s Nutrition Services Department at 480-484-6234 for details.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.