Scottsdale Update - July 17, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE

Mayor Lane extends face covering order to Aug. 20. Scottsdale's emergency order requires people to cover nose and mouth within all public accommodations within the city, which includes grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, retail stores, special events and public transit. Businesses that interact with the public must require employees to wear face coverings as well. Learn more

Show your support – a healthy Scottsdale starts with you. As Scottsdale continues to support and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and county and state guidelines aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19, our focus remains on providing safe services, keeping our facilities clean and promoting healthy practices throughout our community. Become part of the initiative – wear a cloth face covering in public, model healthy practices and encourage others to do the same.  

We've made it easy for you to spread the word with free, downloadable social media images, messages and print material to show that you support a Healthy Scottsdale. You also can request a free Healthy Scottsdale poster pack for your business or organization. We’re all in this together -- a healthy Scottsdale starts with you. #HealthyScottsdale Visit Healthy Scottsdale for details.   

New library hours start Monday. Libraries initially reopened June 8 with restricted hours and services. After working with that reduced schedule for five weeks, the library has revised the hours to balance customer service with the best interest of public health. View the new hours for all four branches. 

COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22. Here are the most recent numbers for our county:  

  • Total number of cases: 91,254; up 2,890 from yesterday 

  • Total number of deaths: 1,328; up 54 from yesterday 

  • Hospital admissions: 3,572; 4 percent of total cases 

  • Intensive care admissions: 763; 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.  

Governor extends COVID-19 eviction protections; expands rental assistance access. Governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order extending a moratorium on residential evictions until Oct. 31, providing continued protections for renters who are facing economic hardship as a result of COVID-19. The order ensures impacted renters will be able to stay in their homes while extending the time to access rental assistance programs. Learn more

County offers rental assistance. Here’s what you need to know: 

  • Eligibility requirements are higher than typical rental assistance programs. 

  • There is a set payment to households for up to three months of rent. 

  • Eligible households also will be considered for bundled services such as federal utility assistance. 

Learn more and apply

Here’s why you might start to see more COVID-19 deaths. In other parts of the United States, a rise in COVID-19 cases has often been followed a few weeks later by a rise in COVID-related deaths. This makes sense because most people who pass away from COVID-19 first spend time in the hospital. Maricopa County’s case peak appeared to have happened in early July, meaning higher numbers of reported deaths are likely in the coming weeks.  

Will someone notify me if someone I know tests positive? If you are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19,you will receive a phone call from Maricopa County Department of Public Health covering the following: 

  • That you were exposed. 

  • How to protect those around you from developing COVID-19. 

  • How to sign up for an alert to share your symptoms with public health. 

  • What to do if you develop symptoms. 

  • How to speak with a specialist if you have questions. 

If you have caller ID, you may see the number 1-855-414-4673 or “Public Health,” or “AZ Health.” If they are unable to reach you by phone, a representative also might try to reach you through text or email. Learn more.  

Free saliva-based COVID-19 testing available tomorrow. Arizona Department of Health Services has partnered with Arizona State University to launch several testing sites providing free saliva diagnostic testing for COVID-19. The tests are for people 8 and older. Each person who wants to be tested must register through the ASU website

  • Select: “Sign Up for An Account” below the Login/Password boxes 

  • Enter the agency code: jdzkkww6 

  • Patients will be notified by email when results are ready 

Register for the next testing event: 7-11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix AZ 85035 - Gate 6.  

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 ozone pollution advisory continues through today. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through Friday, July 17. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between 2-6 p.m. if and when outdoors. 

ADOT warns of Pima Freeway restrictions that affect Scottsdale. Several improvement projects will restrict traffic along Valleywide freeways through July 25, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes for these restrictions that affect Scottsdale:  

  • Hayden Road at the Pima Freeway 

    • Left turns from north-and southbound Hayden Road onto the Pima Freeway will be restricted to one lane nightly from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. beginning Monday, July 20, thru Friday, July 24. 

  • Pima Freeway between 64th Street and Scottsdale Road 

    • The eastbound Pima Freeway will be restricted to two lanes between 64th Street and Scottsdale Road nightly from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Thursday, July 23, through Saturday, July 25. 

    • The westbound Pima Freeway will be restricted to two lanes between Scottsdale Road and 64th Street nightly from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. beginning Wednesday, July 22, through Saturday, July 25. 

Times listed are subject to change. Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT.    

Learn about surface road impacts in Scottsdale.    

WestWorld offers drive-in concerts as part of nationwide series. WestWorld of Scottsdale will host a summer concert series in which each performance will be filmed exclusively for a one-night-only event. The series kicks off Saturday, July 25, with popular country artist Blake Shelton. One passenger car, truck or sport utility vehicle with up to six people (or as many as there are legal seat belts) will be admitted for $114.99. Venues hosting these events will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, as well as state and local health mandates. Buy tickets and get more information.   

Learn about and comment on improvements to Pima Road, between Pinnacle Peak and Happy Valley roads. Participate in a virtual meeting by visiting this project website through Friday, July 31. Watch the presentation then submit your comments. Staff developed the proposed plans based on the public’s input from a series of community meetings. The project is part of Scottsdale’s Transportation Master Plan, which includes widening Pima Road to three lanes in each direction with a landscaped median, bike lanes, and sidewalk and drainage improvements. Call the project hotline at 480-898-4110 for more information. 

Short-term detention center begins operating today. Crews recently completed the first construction phase on the city’s two new “jail dorms,” located inside the city jail. Each dorm houses eight occupants, with a maximum of sixteen occupants per day. This facility allows individuals convicted of a non-violent misdemeanor crime to serve a jail confinement of 48 hours or less. The city will save on payments to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office incurred when those convicted in city court serve their confinement at the Fourth Avenue Jail or Intake, Transfer and Release Facility.  

The dorms also will generate revenue when individuals convicted in out-of-jurisdiction courts choose to serve their confinement in Scottsdale. In response to COVID-19, daily capacity is limited to four occupants per dorm and masks are required at all times. Learn more.  

Still time to fill out your census form. Scottsdale’s self-response census rate is 62.7 percent compared to 58.8 for Arizona. We still have a ways to go! Complete your form today. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.  

City Auditor’s Office captures award for reporting. The Association of Local Government Auditors honored the city of Scottsdale with a distinguished Knighton Award. The award recognizes the best performance audit reports of the year. Audit shops compete against peer shops of similar size. Scottsdale was one of only two recipients in the “medium audit shop category” and cited for its Landfill Recycling Cost Review of 2019.

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