Scottsdale Update - Sept. 14, 2021



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

Scottsdale is hosting a free walk-in vaccination pop-up event. Those eligible who have not yet received their COVID-19 vaccine or need their second dose can attend this event from 2:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Eldorado Park Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road. We are partnering with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health who will be administering the Pfizer vaccine – which is approved for ages 12 and up – and a limited number of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We will host a follow-up event Thursday, Oct. 14, for those needing the second dose. A signed parental consent form or parental accompaniment is required for those ages 12-17. Call 480-312-3111 for more information. 

The United States recently surpassed 41 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. More than 4 million cases were reported just in the past few weeks. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have generally increased throughout most of the country since the beginning of summer, fueled by the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. Low vaccination coverage in many communities is driving these increases.  

The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by getting vaccinated as soon as you can. The CDC recommends people ages 12 years and older get vaccinated, including people who have had COVID-19 or a post-COVID condition. If you are not yet fully vaccinated, you can reduce the risk of long-term complications by taking steps to protect yourself and others from getting COVID-19. Find a vaccine

Get protection against COVID-19 and the flu. It’s easy to forget in the middle of the pandemic that we also need to be vigilant about protection from other infectious diseases such as the flu. With flu season fast-approaching, Maricopa County Public Health encourages those eligible to get a flu shot in addition to a COVID-19 vaccine for the best protection against respiratory illness that can lead to time away from work, family, and even hospitalization of death.  

Key points: 

  • You can get both the COVID-19 and flu vaccines safely on the same day.
  • Adults 65 and older and the immunocompromised are at increased risk of being hospitalized for the flu. Young children are also at increased risk.  These groups should prioritize getting a flu shot before flu begins spreading widely in Maricopa County.
  • Children six months-18-years can receive a free flu shot weekdays at these immunization clinics.
  • Search for free flu vaccines

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.


Mayor David D. Ortega proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) at tonight’s City Council meeting. Watch the 5 p.m. meeting live here. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Scottsdale was settled by and continues to be shaped by those of Hispanic heritage. Here’s the story of one of those pioneers - Gerbacio “Harvey” Noriega.  

Attend the Arabian National Breeder finals Sept. 15-18, at WestWorld. This prestigious show presents an unprecedented halter/breeding showcase opportunity that offers prize money and abundant marketing opportunities for breeders and purebred Arabian horse enthusiasts. The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona is the most established and successful breed organization in the state with more than 66 years of experience in marketing and promoting the Arabian horse.  

Mayor’s Constitution Day Contest showcases American pride; offers prizes and recognition for winning entries. Mayor David D. Ortega, with support from the Arizona Association of University Women-Scottsdale Chapter, is hosting a Constitution Day Contest to commemorate the Sept. 17, 1797, signing of the U. S. Constitution. The contest includes art/video and essay categories. Prizes will be awarded in both categories for various age groups – the submission deadline is this Friday, Sept. 17. Learn more.   

Scrumptiously support Arizona Restaurant Week, Sept. 17-26. 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 costing $33, $44 and $55 per person.   

Welcome poet, editor, and educator Lois Roma-Deeley as Scottsdale’s new poet laureate. The reception takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in the Civic Center Library’s Copper Gallery. Roma-Deeley’s appointment took effect Aug. 6, when she took over from Scottsdale’s first poet laureate, Bob Frost (2010-2021). She will serve her term until Dec. 31, 2024. Learn more

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


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