Scottsdale Update - April 28, 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

Business Resources:

Scottsdale launches Virtual Small Business Assistance Center. The center is a virtual one-stop-shop for Scottsdale businesses looking for information on available business support programs and resources during the COVID-19 crisis. Scottsdale businesses can get personalized assistance answering questions regarding Federal, State and other government funding programs and connect them with critical resources. Reach the Scottsdale Small Business Assistance Center by texting 480-312-3111, email business@ScottsdaleAZ.gov, or through Scottsdale EZ
 
Let customers know you are open for business. The Scottsdale Good To Go Business Finder is an interactive resource tool that allows customers to quickly identify which restaurants, retail shops or hotels are open around them. Listing your Scottsdale business is free and easy!

SupportScottdale.com helps businesses navigate the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are a business owner or employee looking for financial programs, unemployment information, job opportunities, or information on city services and state resources available, make SupportScottsdale.com your go-to website. You can also find the Scottsdale Small Business Assistance Center information here under “Small Business Resources.”

What is the city doing to support small businesses during COVID-19? In his latest video message, Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane talks to Economic Development Director Rob Millar about the Small Business Assistance Center, which serves as the city's virtual one stop shop for local businesses in need of information, support programs and resources during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Cox offers free television advertising to Valley restaurants. To help restaurants get the word out about their takeout and delivery operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the advertising arm of Cox Communications has started offering free television advertising to local eateries. The ads run on a rotation, meaning they play whenever there is an opening in Cox’s advertising inventory. Contact Cox Media by email at MarketingInsights@CoxMedia.com and include the name and location of the establishment.

Governor to revisit stay-at-home order on May 1. Governor Doug Ducey’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order expires Thursday, April 30. Ducey said he has three options: Let it expire, extend it in its current form or modify it to reflect changing conditions. He said he’ll revisit the issue Friday, May 1. Ducey acknowledged the damage that COVID-19 and the measures he took to slow its spread have done to Arizona’s economy, and he took those steps reluctantly. But they have worked, he said, and it didn’t make sense to sacrifice the gains Arizona has made in the fight against the coronavirus by lifting them too quickly. Source: AZMirror 

Arizona partnering with private sector and universities to ramp up access to testing. The Arizona Department of Health Services, in coordination with health care partners throughout the state, launched the Arizona Testing Blitz, with the goal of increasing testing statewide. ADHS aims to test 10,000 to 20,000 Arizonans for COVID-19 every Saturday for three consecutive weeks, beginning Saturday, May 2. Testing will be available to anyone who thinks they have been exposed to and could be infected with COVID-19 and will be based on criteria set by each testing site. Learn more

The 100-degree COVID-19 question. With temperatures expected to soar into the triple digits for the first time all year, Maricopa County Public Health wants to remind you that there is currently no scientific evidence to support the idea that hotter temperatures kill COVID-19. It’s simply too early to know for sure. What does kill the virus? Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water. 

Artist Relief Fund offers grants to artists. Conceived by a consortium of nonprofits, the Artist Relief Fund aims to quickly assist artists impacted by the COVID-19 economic downturn. The emergency package is starting with an initial $10 million to be dispersed among 2,000 grantees, but the consortium plans to increase its fundraising efforts, with the goal of helping at least 100 artists every week until the end of September. Compared to the heavy paperwork involved with traditional grant applications, applying for this fund should take around 30 minutes to complete, with the applicant answering a brief online questionnaire and two open-ended questions.

On the job: Solid Waste team continues to crush it. With the increased number of people staying home from work and school this month, the Solid Waste team has seen an increase in the amount of trash generated in residential neighborhoods. They’ve had to take special precautions amid COVID-19 and have nonetheless done an excellent job maintaining the high quality of service our residents have come to expect. 

 

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

High pollution advisory issued for today and Wednesday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory for today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday). This health advisory cautions those with respiratory sensitivities that concentrations of ozone in our breathing zone are predicted to reach unhealthy levels, particularly between 2-6 p.m.  

The heat is on. The Phoenix-metro area hit 100 degrees Sunday, a few days earlier than the normal May 2 date. Beginning Friday and into the weekend, the temperatures are expected to slightly drop into the upper 90s, but it’s still important to take precautions. Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness. Learn how to identify heat related illnesses and how to avoid them.

 

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