Scottsdale Update - May 4, 2021


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

Volunteer and get vaccinated at WestWorld. The city has partnered with the Arizona Department of Health Services and Cigna to open a large-scale vaccination distribution site at WestWorld. The site is operates from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, offering 3,000-4,000 daily appointments to the public. Walk-in appointments are available.

About 140 volunteers per day are needed to work alongside Cigna’s health care professionals. Volunteers get breakfast, lunch and snacks. In addition, those who haven’t received the vaccine and would like to, can get it at the end of their shift. This site is providing the Pfizer vaccine. Schedule your volunteer shift here.  

Who’s getting COVID-19? Maricopa County data show new COVID-19 cases are largely occurring in young people. For the most recent day of full data, 708 new cases were reported to the county. Here’s the breakdown: 

  • 44 and younger: 498 (70 percent) 

  • 45-64: 174 (25 percent) 

  • 65+: 36 (5 percent) 

The data show cases in younger populations trending upward. This may be because many older adults are vaccinated against COVID-19. As of last week, about 80 percent of county adults 65 and older had at least one dose of the vaccine.  

The recent case increase shows us the pandemic is not over. It’s good news that we are seeing a relatively small number of cases in older adults which means the vaccine is working. However, the increase among populations who are less likely to be vaccinated tells us that preventive measures are still necessary. Until enough people are vaccinated, COVID-19 can keep spreading, especially if people stop taking the precautions we know reduce the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19. Take these precautions.  

Vaccinated people ages 65+ are 94 percent less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19. A new study indicates that fully vaccinated adults ages 65 and older are 94 percent less likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 complications. The number drops to 64 percent for those who have received only one of the two-dose shots, which is why health agencies continue to strongly suggest that everyone go back for their second dose. Learn more.

COVID-19 vaccinations are a safe way to help build protection: 

  • Getting COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. If you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family and others around you. 

  • Clinical trials for all vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use, including COVID-19 vaccines. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine before it is used under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video explaining an EUA

  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some protection, known as natural immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the months after initial infection, but may increase with time. The risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccinations will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness. 

  • Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of the COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about. The CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available. 

How long does a vaccine last? Immunization against COVID-19 will help protect you for the near future, but it’s still not clear how long the protection will last. Health experts will have a better picture in years to come when they have collected more data. Both natural immunity and immunity from the vaccine are important ways to fight COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about. Get more vaccine facts. Learn more.  

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.


City continues to seek input on the Scottsdale General Plan 2035 Update. The Scottsdale City Council reviewed the Citizen Review Committee draft plan at a series of work study sessions in February and March. Per the City Council’s request, staff created a version of the draft plan reflecting City Council comments, as well as areas of council consensus in response to public input received. The community, the Planning Commission and City Council are reviewing the latest version of the draft plan. 

City Council requested that staff continue engaging the community on specific items or ideas through self-guided virtual open houses to garner additional public input on:

  • The General Plan amendment criteria; 

  • The creation of a Desert Rural Neighborhoods land use designation; and 

  • The creation of a new Downtown Core Character Type within Old Town (now depicted unstructured versus defined) 

The schedule of future public hearings that discuss the draft plan include:   

  • Wednesday, May 12 – Planning Commission Recommendation Hearing 

  • Tuesday, June 8 - City Council Possible Adoption Hearing  

Should the City Council adopt the draft plan, it would then need to be ratified by the city’s voters at a citywide election. 

Comment on the latest City Council draft and learn more about the update process. 

Scottsdale Water recognized at annual AZ Water Conference. Scottsdale Water was recently honored for multiple awards at the 94th AZ Water Conference. The awards recognize individual members, projects and teams that have excelled in the past year. Scottsdale’s awards include:  

  • Large System of the Year – Water Distribution 

  • Water Treatment Plant Project of the Year – Thomas Groundwater Treatment Facility 

  • Technology Professional of the Year – Rikk Mascia 

  • Laboratory Analyst of the Year – Keely Bolstad  

Learn more about the awards

Scottsdale residents and businesses will not be affected by anticipated Colorado River cuts. The Arizona Department of Water Resources and Central Arizona Project (CAP) announced an anticipated declaration of the first-ever “Tier 1 Shortage” regarding the supply of Colorado River water to Arizona stakeholders. 

While the shortage will result in cuts to Arizona’s share of the river, Scottsdale residents and businesses will not see any restrictions or changes to their supply. 

Here’s what to know: 

  • Scottsdale is prepared for a Colorado River shortage 

  • Stakeholders across the state work collaboratively to share responsibility in drought mitigation efforts under the Drought Contingency Plan 

  • Water supplies to tribes and municipalities will not be affected in “Tier 1” 

  • Agriculture pools in Arizona will be reduced to offset water supply restrictions 

  • While supplies won’t change for Scottsdale residents or businesses, everyone is urged to continue drought conservation efforts 

Learn more by reading the Colorado River Shortage fact sheet.  

Scottsdale Water has made significant investments to prevent shortages of its supply by updating systems and facilities, implementing innovative water management strategies and prioritizing conservation. In April, the Scottsdale City Council approved an updated Drought Management Plan which outlines water supply and water use management during an episode of reduced supply. 

May is Stroke Awareness Month. The signs are "FAST" to learn. F is for face - Have the person smile. If one side of the face droops call 911 immediately; A is for arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward, call 911 immediately; S is for speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. If the speech is slurred or strange, call 911 immediately; T is for time - Get help immediately. Learn more.  

Season’s final “Shred It” event takes place Saturday. Protect your identity by bringing your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, May 8, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box.

Scottsdale Airport undergoes rehabilitation project. The runway has not had a major rehab since the airport opened. It is in critical need of rehabilitation to ensure the infrastructure is maintained and in excellent condition to best serve aircraft customers – those who fly locally, or visit from around the world. Watch this brief video on the project

Investing in Our Scottsdale – Pima-Dynamite Trailhead. The last of the planned facilities in Scottsdale's trailhead master plan is under construction near Pima Road and Dynamite Boulevard. With estimated completion this summer, the trailhead will include equestrian facilities, restrooms and 200 parking spaces. It will provide access to the northern region of the preserve, which includes more than 225 miles of trails. Watch this brief video about the project.

Register your kiddos for summer camp. The city’s summer camps are returning for fun-filled adventures. Programs will be offered at the following locations for youth and teens going into first through eighth grades:  

  • Echo Canyon 

  • Cocopah Middle School 

  • Horizon Community Center 

  • Redfield Elementary 

Parents can register their children for the entire summer or by the week. Learn more about programs and register.  

Let go of my LEGO. LEGO camps come to Scottsdale. Does your kid love to build LEGOs? We are introducing our brand new “Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO” camp! Participants will build a world that comes to life, using these exciting themes: 

Camps run from 8:30 a.m.-noon., Monday through Friday, at Mountain View Park and Community Center. Get details and register.  

Attend a virtual green building webinar on the power of solar Thursday. Interested in going solar but don't know where to start? Join the nonprofit organization Solar United Neighbors for a "Solar 101" webinar to learn how solar works, what it costs and how to save by going solar with your neighbors. This free webinar runs from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 6. Register

My mom is better than your mom! Do you have a special mother in your life? The senior centers want to hear what makes her so unique. Nominations can include your mom, wife, sister, aunt, etc. The Senior Services team will choose one winner to receive a special Mother's Day gift. Nominate your special lady by Thursday, May 6.  

Temperatures are rising – obey hiking and hydration rules. Play it safe when hiking: Take a buddy. Hydrate the day before you go. Bring plenty of water and your phone. Tell friends and family where you are heading and when you plan on returning.  

Help residents in need through Scottsdale Cares. Simply pay the "grand total" on your monthly city utility bill and a dollar will go toward Scottsdale Cares, the city's voluntary utility bill donation program. One hundred percent of the proceeds are distributed to nonprofits that help thousands of neighbors in need.  

Outdoor watering tip for May – adjust those sprinklers. Adjust your landscape sprinkler or clock to reflect the summer rains and monsoon. Remember to stop a watering cycle if it rains a half-inch or more. To view the rainfall in your area, visit Maricopa County Flood Control’s Rainfall Data interactive map. And remember to check your controller's settings after a power outage.  

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

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