We will issue Scottsdale Update more frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic. While in nontraditional ways, we are still conducting business, so we also may continue to provide information unrelated to the coronavirus.
County data shows continued flattening of hospitalizations. Maricopa County Department of Public Health’s latest data shows the number of local COVID-19 hospitalizations is flattening. This is likely attributed to the protective measures individuals and the community are taking to slow the spread of disease and is a signal to the community to keep doing what we are doing. Learn more.
Substantial increase in COVID-19 testing statewide over the last month. Data from the Arizona Department of Health Services indicates 44,096 tests were performed in the week leading up to April 12 (compared with less than 10,000 per week in early March). The majority of the tests were for those ages 20-44. Overall, 92 percent of tests over the past week came back negative. (Source: ADHS via Maricopa County- Daily Update April 14, 2020.) Learn more.
How is COVID-19 impacting Scottsdale Fire Department calls? In Mayor Lane’s latest video, he talks to fire’s Eric Valliere and Ryan Freeburg about the changes they’ve seen in the last 30 days. Check it out.
Looking for ways to help the community? Try these!
- Donate to Vista Del Camino Food Bank. Donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries will be put to good use at the Vista Del Camino Food Bank. Drop-off your donation from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. weekdays at 7700 E. Roosevelt Street. Since the main lobby is closed to the public, please go to the food bank double doors on the east side of the building and ring the doorbell. No citrus can be accepted at this time. Monetary donations can be made online.
- Add $1 to your city water/sewer bill for Scottsdale Cares. Scottsdale Cares is Scottsdale's voluntary utility bill donation program that supports a variety of human service programs through nonprofit agencies. Donate online.
- Donate blood. The American Red Cross and Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, are experiencing blood shortages due to the coronavirus outbreak. Consider scheduling an appointment to donate today. Visit the websites to see additional safety precautions that are being put in place.
Show us how you “Light It Blue!” You’ve likely seen the stunning sights of facilities throughout Scottsdale and the nation lit blue to honor those fighting for our health and safety. We invite you to do the same by illuminating your landscape and front porch with blue lights. Show your glow by tagging us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #LightAZBlue #LightItBlue. Learn more.
City staff delivers meals to homebound seniors. Watch how city staff from various departments team together to deliver care packages and meals to 190 homebound Scottsdale seniors.
Community Legal Services clinics share insights on COVID-19 issues. Community Legal Services will host lunchtime law lessons on the following topics:
- Monday, April 20: Family Law issues amid COVID-19
- Tuesday, April 21: Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Wednesday, April 22: Stimulus Checks, Tax, Benefits and Collections Consequences
- Thursday, April 23: SNAP and Cash Assistance Amid COVID-19
- Friday, April 24: Landlord and Tenant Issues Amid COVID-19
Sessions are free and open to the public from noon - 1 p.m. Registration is required and participants may submit questions ahead of time.
Tune into Scottsdale’s YouTube channel to watch various other programs.
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
Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane proclaims April 19-25 Volunteer Appreciation Week. In 2019, more than 6,000 volunteers contributed 155,000 hours of service to the city of Scottsdale, representing nearly $4 million in savings without the additional cost to taxpayers. These thousands of volunteers play a critical role assisting the city with executing the mission of “simply better service for a world class community.” Learn more about the city’s Volunteer Program. Watch how the library pays tribute to their volunteers during COVID-19.
Conservancy provides online learning for children. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy has launched “Conservancy Kids Online,” a tri-weekly newsletter that blends science with outdoor inquiry and exploration. Join the fun as rangers Luke and Nicole support teachers, parents and students who are all adapting to a new learning lifestyle. Learn more.
Neighborhood Watch goes digital: Scottsdale asks residents to join CamerEyes. Scottsdale police want help catching criminals from residents who have smart technology doorbells and home video systems. Anyone with these devices can notify the Scottsdale Police Department by filling out a quick online questionnaire. Following a crime, police employees often go door-to-door to look for cameras in the area, which can be time consuming. CamerEyes eliminates that process by allowing police to go directly to those registered with cameras. Learn more.
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