Scottsdale Update - Sept. 24, 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 10th straight week. The city’s COVID-19 case rate has decreased to 143.8 from 172.8 cases per 100,000 residents. High transmission is defined as greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. For context, 143.8 cases per 100,000 means there were about 360 new cases over a seven-day period (Sept. 5) 

Meanwhile, vaccination rates continue to rise slightly - 73.5 percent of eligible Scottsdale residents have received at least one vaccine dose (up from 73.2 percent) and 67.6 percent of Scottsdale residents are fully vaccinated (up from 67.2 percent). Your best defense against the virus is to get vaccinated. Find a vaccine.  

Sixty-one people attended a free COVID-19 vaccine pop-up yesterday at Eldorado Community Center. We will host a follow-up event Thursday, Oct. 14, for those needing the second dose. This site is conveniently located next to the Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, and next to Coronado High School. The city is partnering with Maricopa County Department of Public Health to administer the vaccines. Those ages 12-17 can be vaccinated with a signed parental consent form or parental accompaniment. Call 480-312-3111 for more information. Learn more

COVID-19 is rising fast among children. COVID-19 infections have risen exponentially among children, a 240 percent increase since July, according to data published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

More than 243,000 cases were added in one week, the second highest number of child cases in a week since the pandemic began. After declining in early summer, child cases have increased, with nearly 500,000 cases in just the past two weeks. Since the pandemic began, children represented 15.5 percent of total cumulated cases. For the week ending Sept. 9, children were 28.9 percent of reported weekly COVID-19 cases (children younger than 18 make up 22.2 percent of the U.S. population.) 

You can help by getting vaccinated. Children younger than 12 cannot yet get vaccinated. Your vaccination can help stem the spread of COVID-19. In addition, kids should wear masks around those who aren't in their household, including at school. Adults with children at home should wear masks in public places to protect themselves and their families. 

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.

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ADOT warns of weekend freeway closure that affects Scottsdale. Westbound Loop 101 Pima Freeway will be closed between Pima Road and Tatum Boulevard from 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27. The following also will be closed: Northbound on ramps at Raintree Drive and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard; and westbound on ramps at Pima, Hayden and Scottsdale roads; and 64th and 56th streets. The Arizona Department of Transportation is widening and improving Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT.     

Fast Five: Five things you need to know now. Mayor Ortega kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with a proclamation, the Scottsdale Police Department is rolling out its own podcast and the city's Geographic Information System team put Scottsdale on the map, literally! These are just three things highlighted in this episode of Fast Five

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will host “Spanish Legacies: 75 Years of Spanish Dance in Arizona.” This exhibit is a historical exhibition of a living tradition — photographs, videos and artifacts showcasing how Spanish dance came to existence in Arizona, as told through the stories of four influential dancers: Laura Moya-Rosner (1914–2007), Adelino “Eddie” Fernandez (1901–1978), Lydia Torea and Dini Román. As these artists performed, taught, traveled and settled in Arizona, they connected the desert with a greater world of dance. The exhibit runs through Jan. 9, 2022, in the ArtReach Space just outside of the Stage 2. Learn more about the exhibitGet dates and times for the Flamenco Íntimo performances

Nominations are open for 2022 Diversity Champions. Scottsdale’s Diversity Champions are individuals who exemplify the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and who have enriched and impacted the Scottsdale community through their work and/or volunteerism by empowering others. They are recognized and honored each year at the annual Scottsdale Celebrates MLK Jr. event, which will be at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 13, 2022, at the Embassy Suites Scottsdale Resort. The deadline to submit a nomination is noon Friday, Nov. 5. Learn more.  

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


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