Scottsdale Update - April 21, 2020

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.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Do you need help?
Food distribution
Senior centers: This is available to seniors and those who meet eligibility requirements. Contact your nearest location for more information:

Scottsdale Unified School District Food Services: The Scottsdale Unified School District Nutrition Services department distributes meals Wednesdays. Adults will be able to pick up five breakfasts and five lunches for every child ages 1-18 in their households. Learn more.

Utilities
The city has temporarily suspended utility disconnections for non-payment. Anyone experiencing a hardship should call 480-312-2705 to discuss the payment options available.

Salt River ProjectAPSCox CommunicationsSouthwest Gas and CenturyLink are suspending any disconnections or terminations. Check their websites for additional information and contact numbers.

Evictions
Governor Douglas Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-14, which permits tenants to qualify for delay in enforcement of eviction actions in certain circumstances. The order applies to residential properties only. Learn more.

Human Services Support Groups
Seniors: Because both the Granite Reef and Via Linda senior centers buildings are closed to the public, seniors will not be able to access onsite support groups. If you need assistance finding help, call the Granite Reef Senior Center at 480-312-1700or Via Linda Senior Center at 480-312-5810 for contact information for support groups.

Others: Paiute Neighborhood Center and Vista del Camino hosted various onsite nonprofit groups to help residents with services such as legal aid, health and benefits assistance. If you are in need of these services, please contact Paiute Neighborhood Center at 480-312-2529 or Vista del Camino at 480-312-2323.

Donate nonperishables at emergency food drive to benefit Vista del Camino’s Food Bank. Drive through and drop off bins will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26. Three locations are available: First Baptist Church of Scottsdale (7025 E. Osborn Road, 85251). Shepherd of the Desert Church (9590 E. Shea Blvd, 85260), and Pinnacle Presbyterian Church (25150 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255). There is an immediate need for bottled water, new reusable water bottles and nutritional supplement drinks. No citrus please.

Droplet spread explained. Here’s a new primer from Maricopa County Public Health on what you need to know to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

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

Tonight's City Council meeting will be held electronically at 5 p.m. Watch on Cox Cable channel 11 or stream it onlineView the agenda and submit comments at least one hour prior to the meeting.

Happy 50th Earth Day; Love, Scottsdale!
Sustainable Scottsdale: It’s no surprise we enjoy celebrating our planet and bringing awareness to protecting the environment because we proudly work hard to take care of it. Scottsdale has long been recognized as an environmental leader and continually seeks ways to be more environmentally conscious. From protecting over 30,500 acres of desert to operating one of the world’s most sophisticated water recycling facilities, along with adopting and refining many green policies citywide - Scottsdale prides itself on integrating bold innovative eco-friendly concepts. Read more about our conservation efforts by “Sustainable Scottsdale” and learn how you can be part of the solution.

Tree City USA: Scottsdale recently earned its 38th consecutive designation as a ‘Tree City USA’ from the Arbor Day Foundation. We captured the honor by maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.
Trees benefit our community in a variety of ways, including increasing property values, reducing energy consumption, uniting neighborhoods, provide much-needed cooling, clean our air and beautifying our neighborhoods. Post a picture of a tree using the hashtag #ArborDayAtHome, and the Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree in your honor. Remember to tag @ArborDayFoundation in your post. Learn more.

Art contest winners: More than 100 students submitted entries for the city’s Earth Day art contest. Students submitted their projects in various art mediums, including sculptures, paintings, fabrics, poetry and decoupage. The city’s Environmental Advisory Commission selected winning entries based on creativity, use of the theme (Art of the Tree) and originality. One grand prize winner each from elementary, middle and high school was selected. Find out who the winners are.

Today is National Library Workers Day; show some love! While our libraries have been closed to the public during COVID-19, our staff is still providing service to customers in various ways. Check out these numbers:

  • Provided 610 virtual engagements (virtual story times, online book clubs, etc.)
  • Serviced 2,369 cars through drive-thrus
  • Put holds on 2,157 library materials 
  • Answered 334 “Ask-a-Librarian" e-resources requests
  • Issued 362 new library cards via online requests 

Have you filled out your Census form? It’s not too late. April 1 was official “Census Day,” a key reference date for the 2020 Census—not a deadline. You can respond now, and we encourage you to respond as soon as you can. It’s also important to note that the U.S. Census Bureau has suspended in-person follow ups through Aug. 11 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is now Oct. 31. But if you take the survey now, you can avoid a knock at your door! The sooner you take it, the better! Learn more.

Temperatures are rising – obey hiking and hydration rules. Play it safe when hiking: Take a buddy. Hydrate the day before you go. Bring plenty of water and your phone. Tell friends and family where you are heading and when you plan on returning. Remember your pet’s safety, too, when hike. Dogs do not actually sweat. They exchange heat through panting and to a minor degree, through their feet pads. They do not tolerate high temperatures as well as humans do. If it’s more hotter than 90 degrees, leave your dog at home. Watch these videos: hiking safetypet safety

Electronics Recycling Collection Day canceled. In compliance with federal, state and county health organization recommendations, the city has canceled the Saturday, May 2, collection day. 

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