CARES Act funding is put to work for Scottsdale. Helping residents and businesses that have been hit hard economically tops the list of ways the city will allocate more than $29 million in federal CARES Act funding.
Programs and services for Scottsdale residents in-need will receive $3 million, which will be used to provide things like meals and services for seniors and low-income families, rent and utility assistance, and programs for individuals experiencing homelessness.
The council’s action also provides $5 million to support local businesses including loans, grants, commercial utility assistance and expanded marketing campaigns to help Scottsdale businesses get back on their feet.
Additionally, event venues like Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Stadium and WestWorld are among 30 city buildings that could receive health-friendly upgrades including automatic doors and faucets, ultraviolet disinfection of air handling systems and expanded technology systems for remote work.
Adaptive Services remains closed until further notice. Staff continues to provide virtual programming and “Rec 2 Go Bags” weekly. Anyone needing specific assistance can call 480-312-2234.
Mayor Lane discusses the effects of COVID-19 on tourism. In a video interview recorded late in May, Mayor Lane talks with Scottsdale Sister City Cairns, Queensland, Australia’s Mayor Robert Manning about the effect of COVID-19 on tourism here and there.
COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22. Here are the most recent numbers (July 13) for our county:
Total number of cases: 80,780; up 1,102 from yesterday
Total number of deaths: 1,101; up 8 from yesterday
Hospital admissions: 3,237; 4 percent of total cases
Intensive care admissions: 692; 1 percent of total cases
If you are going out in public, you could be exposed or could be exposing others -- even if not showing symptoms. Stay home when you can, practice physical distancing, cover your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently.
More than 50 percent of COVID-19 cases are people 20-44. Jimmy Flores recorded this message to warn others. He didn’t take the virus seriously … until he contracted it.
Are face mask exempt cards real? According to Maricopa County Public Health, no. Cards that reference the U. S. Department of Justice and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are fraudulent. The ADA website has more information on these fraudulent materials. If you have concerns about whether you should wear a cloth face covering or mask due to underlying medical conditions, consult your healthcare provider.
Scottsdale face covering Q and A
Get the city’s COVID-19 information.
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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 ozone pollution advisory issued for Wednesday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory for Wednesday, July 15. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between 2-6 p.m. if and when outdoors.
Important primary election information. Scottsdale’s Tuesday, Aug. 4, primary election is the first step toward selecting a mayor and three City Council members in November.
Instead of one assigned polling location, voters will have more than 90 vote centers located throughout Maricopa County to choose from on Election Day. County vote centers provide extra space for physical distancing and additional safety and cleaning measures have been implemented.
To allow voters time to cast their ballots, vote centers will be open in phases before Election Day. For at least two weeks, up to 60 locations will be open, including in 23 malls and retail facilities across the county. The majority of the vote centers will offer extended hours, including weekends. Some are located near public transportation centers and bus routes.
Just dropping off your ballot? Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., is a designated ballot drop off site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Monday, Aug. 3.
Find out where you can vote.
Important dates to remember:
Now: Ballots mailed; in-person voting begins
July 24: Last day to request a ballot in the mail
July 25: Weekend in-person voting available
July 29: Last day to mail back your ballot
Aug. 4: Election day
Contact Maricopa County Elections for more information: Maricopa County Elections, 602-506-1511
Learn about the candidates and find more Scottsdale election information at Scottsdale.Vote.
Scottsdale Water offers rebates to save you water and money. We can help customers save water and money inside and outside their homes. We process applications on a first-come, first-served basis until the deadlines or funds are depleted. Rebates are available for single-family and multifamily properties, homeowner associations and commercial businesses. Learn more.
Responding to the census is safe and easy during COVID-19. Respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet if you haven’t done so already. Safe, healthy communities remain a top priority. Completing the census without having to leave your home is crucial to maintaining social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak. Do your part today.
Temperatures are sizzling – 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 safety, pet safety
You’ll “love” this project update. Watch the renovation progress for the Indian School Park tennis courts. Players should be able to raise a racquet there by December.