Scottsdale Update - July 24, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE

Governor Doug Ducey extends order pausing certain operations. The extension includes gyms, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, water parks and tubing. It also prohibits large events and gatherings. The new order includes a review for revision every two weeks. Learn more

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: 101,622; up 1,674 from yesterday 

  • Total number of deaths: 1,584; up 49 from yesterday 

  • Hospital admissions: 4,067; 4 percent of total cases 

  • Intensive care admissions: 841; 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. 

Behind the numbers. Yesterday, Maricopa County officially topped 100,000 reported COVID-19 cases since January. Here are a few numbers to put the current situation in perspective: 

  • More than 90 percent of our total cases have been reported since June 1. Nearly 50 percent were reported in the first three weeks of July. These trends indicate increased transmission in our community. 

  • In the weeks following the countywide mask mandate, we have begun trending downward in terms of daily cases. 

  • Since January, 63 percent of all COVID-19 cases have been among those age 44 or younger. Early in the pandemic, most reported cases were among people age 65 or older.  

  • An estimated 40 percent of COVID-19 patients are either asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic, meaning they could be spreading the disease without being aware they have it. 

  • More than 250 volunteers have contributed 5,000+ hours to the COVID-19 response. 

A “Healthy Scottsdale Starts with You.” We've made it easy for you to spread the word with free, downloadable images & print material to show that you support a #HealthyScottsdale. Request a free #HealthyScottsdale poster pack for your business or organization here

If COVID-19 is small enough to pass through fabric, what’s the point of wearing a mask? While the virus itself is small enough to pass through fabric, most virus transmission occurs through larger particles in our secretions, whether aerosol or droplets, which are generated directly by speaking, eating, coughing and sneezing. Aerosols are also created when water evaporates from smaller droplets. We wear masks so as many of those particles as possible are stopped, especially those travelling in an outward direction. Every virus-laden particle retained in that fabric is one less virus-laden particle hanging in the air as an aerosol or falling to a surface to be picked up by touch. Learn more.  

How does COVID-19 affect kids? Research shows that kids who get the virus tend to have more mild symptoms than adults. It also shows that children birth-9 are less likely to spread the disease than adults, while children 10-19 seem to transmit the virus at a higher rate than adults. Watch the video

The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.  

These questions and answers help clarify face covering requirements in Scottsdale. 

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

Today is the last day to request a ballot by mail. Request one here. The county must receive back your voted ballot by Tuesday, Aug. 4, regardless of the postmarked date. Consider delivery time when mailing. 

Weekend in-person voting starts Saturday, July 25. To allow voters time to cast ballots, vote centers will be open in phases before Election Day, starting Saturday. Up to 60 locations will be open, including in malls and retail facilities across the county. Find out where you can vote

Scottsdale’s Tuesday, Aug. 4, primary election is the first step toward selecting a mayor and three City Council members in November. Learn about the candidates and find more Scottsdale election information at Scottsdale.Vote.  

Contact Maricopa County Elections for more information: Maricopa County Elections602-506-1511   

Scottsdale fall program registration begins Monday. Residents can start registering for classes at 8 a.m., Monday, July 27; nonresidents can start registering at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 28. 

The safety of our participants and staff is the top priority. To slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and follow public health best practices, we have implemented these safety protocols for our classes: 

  • Limited class size (based on facility space, activity) to allow for physical distance 

  • Increased facility cleaning 

  • Provided hand sanitizing stations in the facilities 

  • Staff wear masks when interacting with patrons 

  • Some students may be asked to bring their own equipment 
    (this depends on the class… yoga mats, towels, etc.) 

View classes online at Recreation.ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Scottsdale will offer its after-school programs and fall break camps. Registration starts when we know more details about schools opening in-person. Stay tuned. 

Monsoon season is upon us; be prepared. Although the season officially started June 15, we still haven’t seen it roll in. According to the National Weather Service, that’s about to change. Prepare now so you know what actions you should take. Learn how.  

Scottsdale is making a difference for our seniors. This new video highlights two seasonal programs focused on assisting income-eligible, isolated seniors. Adopt-a-Senior is our holiday donation program that runs October-December. The second is Beat the Heat, a summer program that provides necessary supplies to home-bound seniors.  

The census helps you. Improving our community starts with responding to the 2020 Census. A few minutes can shape your future. Your response will inform how billions of dollars in federal funding can aid in community services. Your personal information is kept confidential by law, and data collected is solely used for statistical purposes. It’s never shared with other government agencies. Respond today, if you haven’t yet. 

Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list here

Lights, camera, action! Community historian Joan Fudala presents a look through Scottsdale's glamorous film history. Learn about movies, television shows and commercials filmed here. And find out about the history of our movie theaters. Watch the program here

Shop Scottsdale! Money spent locally generates sales tax to support municipal services from police to parks. And it's no small chunk of change. For every $100 you spend at a locally-owned business, $43 remains in our economy. Compare that to only $13 when you spend non-locally! Remember, when you spend in Scottsdale, your money stays in Scottsdale!#ShopScottsdale #SupportScottsdale  

 

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