Scottsdale Update - Sept. 3, 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. The city’s COVID-19 case rate has decreased to 201.5 cases per 100,000 residents, placing Scottsdale in high community transmission (greater than 100 cases per 100,000) for the seventh straight week. For context, 201.5 cases per 100,000 means there were between 480 and 525 new cases over a seven-day period (Aug. 15).   

Meanwhile, vaccination rates continue to rise slightly - 72.5 percent of eligible Scottsdale residents have now received at least one vaccine dose (up from 72.3 percent) and 66.3 percent of Scottsdale residents are fully vaccinated (up from 65.8 percent). 

The Maricopa County COVID-19 weekly community spread map is live. Search by zip code, city or school district. Overall, county spread is high. Case rates for the county for the most current calendar week of data (Aug. 22–28) are 302 cases per 100,000. Test positivity is 11 percent. Learn more.  

Learn about the association between COVID-19 and myocarditis. The CDC finds patients with COVID-19 had nearly 16 times the risk for myocarditis (inflammation of part of the heart muscle) compared with patients without COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against COVID-19 and its complications. Find a vaccine

CDC recommends pregnant and breastfeeding women get the vaccine. The CDC recommend vaccines for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant, or might become pregnant in the future. 

  • Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccinations during pregnancy has been growing. Data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy. 

  • There is no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men. 

  • Pregnant and recently pregnant women are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. 

  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19. 

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.


Most city offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 6, for Labor Day. Trash and recycling collection will not be affected. Please place your containers in their typical spot by 5 a.m. the day of collection or the night before. Learn more

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through Monday. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between noon-6 p.m. if and when outdoors.  

Weeklong 9/11 tribute honors those lost. Visit the 9/11 Memorial Tribute through Sunday, Sept. 12. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon–5 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday). The ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Doors will open at 10 a.m. the day of the ceremony. Individual photo cards of those who died in the attacks are displayed on props resembling the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and a plane wing. First responders and other public safety staff who were lost on 9/11 will have their photos showcased on a large metal flag, which has been displayed the past five years at Scottsdale Airport’s Fire Station 609. Call the Fire Department at 480-312-8000 for more information. The Scottsdale 9/11 Day of Remembrance video premieres Sept. 11 on YouTube.   

Trash and recycling collection days will change for most residents beginning Nov. 1. This change will improve efficiency and make it easier to process recyclables. Trash and recycling routes have not changed in more than 20 years, becoming unbalanced due to growth. Operating more efficiently means the city can balance the size of collection routes to provide more consistent service, preserve the longevity of collection vehicles by carrying the right sized loads and not overload our processing center. Learn more.  

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park expands hours. Train, carousel and the model railroad building are open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Learn more.  

Get carded … at Scottsdale Public Library. The Scottsdale Public Library is launching a library card campaign through Nov. 30. Already have a library card? Help us share the love by encouraging your family, friends, and neighbors to register for a card. We’re hosting raffle drawings and an exclusive library cardholder event during these months. Follow us on social media for more details. 

Senior centers reopen Tuesday. Both the Granite Reef and Via Linda senior centers will reopen to the public Tuesday, Sept. 7, with limited programming. Here is some important information: 

  • Both centers will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. 

  • Masks are encouraged, and social distancing measures will be in place. 

  • Reservations for the fitness center, billiards room, open cards and discussion groups will no longer be required. 

For more information, visit our website or call one of the centers directly: Granite Reef - 480-312-1700; Via Linda - 480-312-5810. 

Scottsdale Library expands hours beginning the week of Sept. 12.  

  • Arabian Library will offer building access Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Drive-thru service also will be available. 

  • Civic Center Library will offer building access seven days a week and continue to offer curbside service. 

  • Mustang Library will continue to offer building and drive-thru access.  

  • Appaloosa Library offers branch access through Pony Express technology, as well as drive-thru service.  

Visit the library's website for more information.

Fall programs begin the week of Sept. 13. Sign up to learn a new skill or improve on one. Scottsdale leisure ed classes offer something for everyone. We’ve added new classes, including skateboarding, an online Mediterranean 101 cooking class, Parkinson's power exercises and more. Browse classes through our online registration system or activity brochure

Get schooled at Neighborhood College. Your safety is our priority. Most classes will be offered via Zoom or at 50 percent in-person capacity (70 for Mustang Library Auditorium, 135 for Civic Center Library Auditorium). You decide how you’d like to experience classes. After you register, you will receive confirmation and automatically be placed on the list to receive reminder emails before each class. Two tracks are available: The HOA/Condo Series and The Good Neighbor Series. Get dates, class descriptions and registration information

Fight the bite. Maricopa County health officials warn there have been 36 confirmed human cases of the West Nile virus and one death so far this season. Adults older than 60 and those with chronic health conditions are more at risk for serious complications from the West Nile virus although younger people also can get the mosquito-borne disease. The West Nile virus is typically spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, but only about one in five people infected will develop symptoms. 

Last year, Maricopa County reported three West Nile cases and one death. Health officials said with so much rain this summer, Arizonans need to stay mindful of eliminating standing water where mosquitos can breed such as pet dishes, potted plants and even toys. Learn more

Know a person or business that embodies Scottsdale's Spirit? Scottsdale's Neighborhood Advisory Commission invites you to nominate those that strengthen and build Scottsdale's community through their commitment to and involvement in neighborhoods. Nominations are open through Dec. 31. Learn about last year's winners

Way to go, Scottsdale! 

  • Old Town Scottsdale wins Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award thanks to its positive reviews and ratings over the last year. Hundreds of millions of travelers each month use the Tripadvisor site and app to browse more than 878 million reviews and opinions of 8.8 million destinations, accommodations, restaurants, experiences, airlines and cruises.  

  • Vista’s Career Center partnered with Marriott Hotels to host an August hiring event. Hiring managers representing 10 Valley properties were onsite at Vista del Camino to recruit for a variety of positions. Professionals guided 16 job seekers through the evolving job market with the latest techniques and strategies.  

  • Scottsdale Ranch and Indian School tennis centers will host the USTA National Adult League Championships the weekends of Oct. 8-10 and 15-17. More than 450 players from around the United States and the Caribbean will stay in Scottsdale over the two weekends. Women’s and men’s teams from intermediate levels to advanced will vie for the national championship in their respective levels.  

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


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