Scottsdale Update - Sept. 7, 2021

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

The fight continues: COVID-19 strikes 1 million Arizonans, claims 19,000 lives. No vaccine can prevent disease 100 percent of the time, but the numbers we are seeing for hospitalizations and deaths are primarily among those who aren’t fully vaccinated, proving vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious cases. Find a vaccine.  

Daily U.S. coronavirus infections are more than four times higher than Labor Day last year. This is a 316 percent increase, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Plus, daily deaths are almost twice as high. Health experts blame the highly contagious Delta variant and the unvaccinated. View Johns Hopkins tracking centerFind a vaccine

Need to be tested for COVID-19? Free saliva testing continues throughout Arizona in partnership with Arizona State University. Use agency code SALIVATEST to register. Learn more

Immunocompromised? Here’s what you need to know. People with moderate to severe compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. They may not build the same level of immunity to the two-dose vaccine series compared to people who are not immunocompromised.

  • An additional dose (booster) is intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series. 

  • Although the CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a plan to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots this fall. 

  • The CDC recommends that people with moderate to severe compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Learn moreFind a vaccine

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.


The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through Thursday. 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, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. 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.   

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts brings tantalizing talent to the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. From music to theater to comedy, you can experience it all in the Virginia G. Piper Theater and intimate Stage 2. Learn more, and find your seats for these exciting shows scheduled for the 2021–22 season

Attend these new exhibitions at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).   

  • Mimi O Chun - It’s All Cake, through-Jan. 23, 2022: New York-based artist and designer Mimi O Chun’s presents new works made during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding yet another layer to her practice of social and political commentary in the form of sculpture.  

  • Forever Becoming - Sept. 11-Jan. 23, 2022: The "Young Phoenix Artists" group presents new work by artists younger than or near the age of 30. This exhibition presents various artforms that address topics including marginalized communities, social justice and environmental degradation.  

Learn more about SMoCA.  

A History Mystery: How Bishop Lane got its name. Bishop Lane is a short street that runs parallel to Scottsdale Road, between Goldwater Boulevard and Second Street in Old Town. It appears nowhere else in the city.  

Bishop Lane was named after Dr. Thomas S. Bishop. The Bishops moved to Arizona around 1913. Besides doctoring, Bishop farmed – growing cotton and citrus. Bishop was the president of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce in 1922. The following year, Arizona Governor George Hunt appointed him as the chair of the state commission on agriculture and horticulture. Bishop’s service brought some prominence to the small village of Scottsdale. The commission worked tirelessly to promote citrus in Arizona and to fight the boll weevil infestation that threatened the cotton crop. Dr. Bishop died in 1947. In his honor, Bishop Lane bears his name.  

Find documents and photos related to Scottsdale pioneers in the Scottsdale Heritage Connection located within the Civic Center Library

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


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