Scottsdale Update - Jan. 12, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE

Remember, a healthy Scottsdale starts with you. Stay home when you can, practice physical distancing, cover your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently. Find downloadable graphics for social media and request a poster pack for your business or organization.

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

Hospital capacity is at an all-time high. The increase in COVID-19 patients is putting a significant strain on our hospital system. Arizona Department of Health Services data show COVID-19 patients are using 63 percent of ICU beds and 57 percent of inpatient beds statewide. Total inpatient bed capacity is now down to seven percent, the lowest it has been during the pandemic. Total ICU bed capacity is also at seven percent.

Frontline health care workers need us to help slow the spread. Wear your mask as required and stay home when you’re sick – you don’t need to run that one errand. We need to be consistent in taking preventive measures to decrease our chance of getting or spreading COVID-19:

  • Limit contact with people outside of your household.

  • Wear a mask and keep six feet of distance when you are around people outside of your household. Remember, being outside is safer than being inside.

  • Stay home when you’re sick, and be cautious even if you feel well in case you’re asymptomatic.

  • Follow quarantine guidelines if you have been exposed to COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands regularly.

  • Get a flu shot if you haven’t already.

More locations and appointments are on the way for Phase 1B vaccinations. Hundreds of thousands of Maricopa County residents are eligible for Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccinations. Registration began yesterday and appointments filled quickly. If you didn’t get an appointment, don’t worry. More locations and appointment times are opening. Here are the priority populations in Phase 1B and additional information:

  • Pre-K-12 teachers and childcare staff.

  • Law enforcement and security services

(The county is coordinating special events for school staff and law enforcement. This will ensure they are not competing with others in Phase 1B for appointments. More details to come).

  • Individuals eligible in Phase 1A who still need their first or second doses.

Government relaunches the Paycheck Protection Program. The U.S. Small Business Administration has restarted the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for first-time borrowers. It will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 13, for eligible borrowers seeking a second round. Other assistance programs include: Expanded Employee Retention Tax Credit, economic injury loans, grants for shuttered venue operators and SBA loan debt forgiveness. Learn more.

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 fb.me/ScottsdaleAZgov 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 ScottsdaleAZ.gov to access city services online.


IN OTHER NEWS

Scottsdale community survey available for all residents. The National Community Survey allows residents to rate their overall quality of life and provide specific feedback about municipal services, public safety, customer service and their level of participation in community events and activities.

In November and December, the survey went to 1,700 randomly selected Scottsdale households. This random sample will provide results that are representative of the entire community within a known margin of error.

The city is now making the online survey available to every resident. Feedback provided through these surveys will help the city and City Council prioritize initiatives, services and programs.

Participating is easy - visit this link on Polco, the city's online survey platform: https://polco.us/s4pf52

Once you have answered the questions, you will be asked to provide your email and zip code. This lets us be sure we are hearing from each person only once. Your response will remain confidential - no individual responses or data will be shared with the city. All responses are reported in group form only.

Participating in this online survey will also allow residents to opt-in to future feedback opportunities from the city of Scottsdale, which plans to ask for input about other topics, ideas, initiatives and issues in the future.

Recycle your Christmas tree through Jan. 19. Yellow collection bins will be available at various city locations to dispose of your Christmas tree. We don't accept artificial trees, stands or ornaments. Single-family home residents can place Christmas trees in their green waste pile, separated from bulk trash, for collection on their scheduled brush/bulk service week.

Scottsdale Historian Joan Fudala offers show on city’s car shows. Missing the excitement of multiple car shows in Scottsdale this month (and can’t wait until March when at least one has rescheduled) Watch “Automania.” It might bring back memories of your first car, your first road trip, your first car date, your dream car….whatever. Buckle up, and enjoy a 36-minute drive through Scottsdale’s car history!

Register for the virtual MLK Jr. Community Celebration. The 2021 annual event will be held virtually Thursday, Jan. 14. This year’s featured speaker is Ken E. Nwadike, Jr., a peace activist, motivational speaker and video journalist known as the Free Hugs Guy. He founded the Free Hugs Project to spread love, inspire change and raise awareness of social issues. Get more information and learn how you can participate in the free program.

Gold Palette ArtWalk benefits the 100 Club. From 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, the Scottsdale Gallery Association will honor first responders as part of its first Gold Palette ArtWalk of 2021. The event will serve as a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit organization which has aided public safety agencies, officers, firefighters, EMT/paramedics and their families statewide since 1968. Special precautions are being taken to ensure guests' safety, and attendees must practice physical distancing and wear a face covering.

This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.

 

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