Scottsdale Update - June 26, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE 

Old Town Scottsdale business charged with violating COVID-19 orders. Riot House was charged for violating Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Orders to control the spread of COVID-19. Other Old Town Scottsdale businesses are under investigation and also may be charged for similar violations. Riot House is specifically charged with failing to enforce its own safety and health policy - staff and patrons not practicing physical distancing, not wearing face coverings and not complying with its safety plan. Learn more.  

COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22. Here are the most recent numbers (June 25) for our county:  

  • Total number of cases: 36,890; up 1,897 from yesterday
  • Total number of deaths: 658; up 4 from yesterday
  • Hospital admissions: 2,315; 6 percent increase from yesterday
  • Intensive care admissions: 521; 1 percent increase from yesterday 

While the county is seeing more people getting tested; it is also seeing a higher percentage of people testing positive. This means the virus is spreading more widely in our community. If you are going out in public, you could be exposed or exposing others -- even if not showing symptoms. Stay home when you can, practice physical distancing, wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.  

County Public Health applying three critical outbreak tactics. Officials from Maricopa County Department of Public Health detailed the three tactics most critical in addressing the increased spread of COVID-19.  

  • Case investigation and contact tracing 
  • Social distancing 
  • Masks  

Current data show a different picture of disease spread than we saw earlier with the pandemic. As of this week, Maricopa County is now averaging about 1,800 new COVID-19 cases each day, a six-fold increase over the number of cases being reported six weeks ago. Additionally, more than half of all reported cases are in people ages 20-44, up from one-third previously. This is likely the result of increased exposure for that age group when at work or in public places.   

Should I be concerned about getting COVID-19 from the food I eat? Coronaviruses, like the one that causes COVID-19, are thought to spread mostly person-to-person through respiratory droplets when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. According to the CDC, currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19. 

Get the city’s COVID-19 information.

Follow us on Twitter @ScottsdaleAZgov and Facebook fb.me/ScottsdaleAZgov for city COVID-19 updates and other city information.

The city Call Center is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.

Visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov to access city services online.   

IN OTHER NEWS 

City announces July 4 events, activities and general information. Most city offices will be closed for Independence Day, Saturday, July 4. There is no change in garbage or recycling collection. Other holiday information: 

All trailheads into the preserve will have "closed" signs posted. Scottsdale police, staff and volunteer stewards will patrol the area to advise visitors about the closure and fire threat. Violating the closure is a misdemeanor punishable by up to four months in jail and a $750 fine. The preserve will re-open around 5 a.m. Sunday, July 5. 

Pinnacle Peak Park, 26802 N. 102nd Way, will be open from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. July 4. For more information about the park, call 480-312-0990. 

  • Aquatic centers schedules 
    Lap swim only will be open July 4 at three of Scottsdale’s four aquatic centers - Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch. Pools are not yet open for public swim. Get lap swim locations, hours and fees here
  • Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld 
    The show will go on – but in a different way this year! This year’s theme, “Rockin’ 4th Drive-Up Celebration,” will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road. The event will feature traditional fireworks in a non-traditional, physically-distancing setting. Attendees will enjoy entertainment from the comfort of their cars that includes a Parade of Heroes and fireworks. Car lot concessions also will be available. Get more details and ticket information here
  • Fireworks restrictions in place 
    Although use of some consumer fireworks is permitted by state law in Scottsdale this holiday, their use in and near many sensitive desert areas remains illegal and violators are subject to substantial fines

Use of fireworks is prohibited in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Pinnacle Peak Park and all properties located within 1 mile of these fragile desert lands. The use of fireworks is also prohibited on all publicly owned properties, which include but are not limited to, city buildings, city parking lots, city parks, public schools and city streets. 

Violation of these restrictions is a civil offense punishable by citations and fines. 

For more information about firework restrictions and a variety of safety tips, visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “fireworks.” 

Help us spread the word that Scottsdale is open for business! Small businesses make up more than 92 percent of the storefront and restaurant experiences in Scottsdale. For every $100 you spend here, $43 stays in our community. Your dollars have a significant impact and can help Scottsdale’s economy weather this pandemic. If you are not comfortable returning to Scottsdale shops and restaurants in person, there are plenty of ways to support our small businesses by using curbside pick-up, delivery and online shopping. There are all sorts of Scottsdale businesses eager and equipped to serve you safely. #ShopScottsdale #SupportScottsdale 

Monsoons and wildfires - are you prepared? Monsoon season continues through the end of September, and wildfires remain a particular threat this year. Monsoon season brings higher humidity, which can lead to thunderstorms, heavy rain, lightning, hail, high winds, flash flooding, dust storms and extreme heat.  

As we have seen already this year, fires can start and spread very quickly in the dry brush found throughout many parts of Scottsdale. Prepare now so you know what actions you should take when a major storm rolls in, or a wildfire is growing near you. Develop a household emergency plan, and consider items you would need to take, and routes you may need to travel in the event of an emergency evacuation.  

Two of three Scottsdale households have completed the census. Have you? Has someone in your household responded? If not, will you join your friends and neighbors in completing the short questionnaire? An accurate census count will help Scottsdale receive its fair share of federal and regional funding. The city also uses census data to plan services and projects, and to place facilities like fire stations, parks and community centers where they will be most effective - an accurate count is vital to your community. Learn more

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