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.
Help available for veterans who lost jobs due to COVID-19. The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) for veterans who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Veterans participating in the program will receive up to a year of tuition and fees and a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates. Veterans must meet the following eligibility:
Be at least 22 years old, but not older than 66
Unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic
Not eligible for GI Bill or VR&E benefits (or, if you’re eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you’ve transferred all your benefits to a family member)
Not rated as totally disabled because you can’t work
Not enrolled in a federal or state jobs program
Not receiving unemployment benefits (including CARES Act benefits)
The VRRAP webpage provides information about participating educational institutions and more.
The VRRAP was enacted on March 11 and is part of the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, with aid targeted to assist individuals and businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are aware of any GI Bill Beneficiaries who require assistance, please have them contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday.
CDC predicts a May uptick in cases. Though cases remain steady in Arizona, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is projecting a national surge this month as contagious variants spread across the country. Hospitalizations and deaths are expected to remain low. With an uptick in cases expected, vaccines remain as important as ever. New vaccine appointments are released every Friday and some may open up throughout the week. Everyone ages 16 and older can now schedule an appointment.
Choose safer activities. With more people in our community getting vaccinated, it’s tempting to go back to life as it was before. Keep in mind, though, some activities are safer than others. Even people who are fully vaccinated should take certain precautions to protect those who are not yet immunized. View CDC guidelines.
Summer travel season is right around the corner. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. People who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the United States. You do not need to get tested before or after travel unless your destination requires it, but you should continue to:
Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
View all travel guidance.
Guard your card! Don't share a photo of your COVID-19 vaccination card online or on social media. Scammers can use content you post, like your date of birth, health care details or other personal information to steal your identity. If someone contacts you to buy or sell a vaccination card, it's a scam. If you suspect COVID-19 health care fraud, report it online or call 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477). TTY users can call 1-800-377-4950. Learn more.
If you didn't get your card after being vaccinated, contact the provider site where you got vaccinated or the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Kids and COVID-19. Overall, children ages up to 19 have accounted for 16 percent of all known COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County since the start of the pandemic. The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for adolescents ages 16 and 17, and all ages 18 and older. At this point, there is not an approved COVID-19 vaccine for children younger than 16, although vaccine manufacturers are working on it. Do your part to protect kids from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated yourself and making sure they continue to take protective measures, such as mask wearing, outside the home. 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
Scottsdale Museum of the West offers free admission for moms Sunday. Explore the history, beauty and magnificence of the West in a refreshing (and air- will receive free admission. Spending time with family is more important than ever, and the museum provides the perfect opportunity to connect with each other in a safe and engaging environment. Read about the museum’s COVID-19 safety protocol. Learn more and get tickets.
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 celebrates Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. More than 20 million Asian American Pacific Islanders live in the United States, providing valuable achievements and contributions in our communities. They enrich our history, society and culture. But we must pause to acknowledge a darker aspect of their experience in America - structural discrimination, prejudice and injustice that most recently manifested in attacks on Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through actions of kindness, empathy, respect and civility, you can take part in experiencing, learning, supporting and connecting to make Scottsdale a more vibrant, inclusive and cultured community. Start by reading this. #ScottsdaleForAll
Scottsdale Stories: Behind the Businesses. Many of our businesses have been around for more than a generation, but do you know the stories behind them? In the latest session of Neighborhood College, Citizen Advisor Bruce Wall looks at an auto parts store that became one of the longest-lasting restaurants in Old Town and an insurance agent whose office has become part of the community.
Scottsdale EZ is here to assist you. Whether it's a broken streetlight, a fresh pothole, a missing trash can, or an out-of-place scooter, our EZ online service makes it easier for residents 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
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.