Scottsdale Update - Oct. 11, 2021


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

Scottsdale remains at high community transmission for the 12th straight week. The city’s COVID-19 case rate has increased to 168.6 from 156.9 cases per 100,000 residents (Sept. 19). High transmission is defined as greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. For context, 168.6 cases per 100,000 means there were about 420 new cases over a seven-day period.  

Meanwhile, vaccination rates continue to rise slightly. When excluding those ineligible (younger than 12), 79.4 percent of eligible Scottsdale residents have received at least the first dose (up from 78.9 percent); and 73.7 percent of Scottsdale residents are fully vaccinated (up from 73 percent). Getting vaccinated is your best defense against COVID-19. Find a vaccine or attend the city-hosted event Thursday (see below).   

Scottsdale is hosting a free follow-up walk-in vaccination pop-up event Thursday. Those needing a vaccine or who received their first dose Sept. 23 at our pop-up event can get their second dose from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the same location – Eldorado Park Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road. We are partnering with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health who will be administering vaccines. All three vaccines will be available, including Pfizer (which is approved for ages 12 and older) and limited supplies of Moderna and the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Call 480-312-3111 or visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information. 

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.


Registered voters should be on the lookout in their mail for ballots. The city will hold a Special Election by mail Tuesday, Nov. 2, regarding Proposition 463. This proposition asks voters to consider whether or not to ratify the “Scottsdale General Plan 2035,” adopted by the Scottsdale City Council this summer. Other important dates: Oct. 22: Last day to request a replacement ballot; Tuesday, Oct. 26: Recommended date to mail completed ballot; Tuesday, Nov. 2 (7 p.m.): Deadline for ballots to be received (NOT postmarked) by Maricopa County. 

Fencing goes up today on Civic Center in preparation for renovations. The $27.3 million project approved by Scottsdale voters in the 2019 Bond Election begins Oct. 18. Scottsdale City Hall, Civic Center Library, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and surrounding businesses will remain open. The area will be fully-closed to pedestrian traffic for about four months as crews salvage trees, install waterlines and complete demolition. Learn more by reading the project fact sheet or visiting the Civic Center improvements webpage. Additional details on the area’s relocated and temporarily-stored public art can be found at Scottsdale Public Art.  

Mayor David D. Ortega proclaims Indigenous Peoples Day. Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It falls on the second Monday in October annually. Read the proclamation

Thursday’s Gold Palette ArtWalk features “Clue: Art + Literature Trivia Scavenger Hunt.” Gold Palette ArtWalks are specially-themed events offered throughout the year in addition to the weekly Thursday programs. Attend the October event from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Old Town Arts District. The Scottsdale Gallery Association is teaming with The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library to present this one-of-a-kind program that leads guests through an evening of traveling “Trivial Pursuit.” Learn more

Grab the family and your neighbors Saturday for G.A.I.N. parades. Known in other parts of the country as National Night Out, G.A.I.N. encourages residents to get together in their respective communities to promote safety, neighborhood communication and celebrate the successes of crime prevention through community involvement. This year’s celebration begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Pack a picnic and party on your driveway or along the various parade routes. Call 480-312-3111 for more information.  

Scottsdale Arts awarded $131,000 in Community Arts Grants to 22 local organizations for the 2021–22 Fiscal Year. Recipients must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts or cultural organizations that provide programs or activities within Scottsdale or for Scottsdale residents. They must have a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline. The city funds the Community Arts Grant Program and Scottsdale Arts administers it. Learn more.  

Stop in for a spell as the Paradise & Pacific Railroad is transformed into a haunted park of fun for this family-friendly event. Two one-and-a-half hour reservable time blocks are available at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly. Visit the Railroad Park’s website for more information. 

Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list


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