Scottsdale Update - June 19, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE

Face coverings are mandatory in Scottsdale beginning at 5 p.m. today. Given the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout Maricopa County, Scottsdale Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane has issued an emergency proclamation that requires people to cover their nose and mouth in most public areas. 

Face coverings are required any time one is in a public setting or will be in contact with other individuals with whom they are not closely and frequently associated (such members of the same household). Face coverings are required at places including grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and bars, retail stores, special events and public transit.

Read questions and answers about how Scottsdale's mandatory face covering order applies to dining in restaurants, exercising, participating in team sports and other activities.

Safely put on and take off masks - Know the proper technique. Cloth face coverings help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Wear your face covering correctly:

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily

Take off your face covering carefully, when you’re home:

  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Place covering in the washing machine 
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing, and wash your hands immediately after removing

Learn more.

Protect yourself and others. Nearly 60 percent of all COVID-19 infections reported have been among those younger than 45 years old. Even if you are young and healthy, you are at risk for COVID-19 and can expose those around you without knowing it.  

Watch a case study on how quickly COVID-19 can spread. What happens when a COVID-19 patient does not stay away from others? This Centers for Disease Control video from shows how quickly the virus can spread as a result of just one person who is sick. Watch the video.

What the data shows on increased COVID-19 cases. On June 2, just about two weeks ago, there had been 10,427 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Maricopa County.  Two weeks later, on June 16, there were 20,670 cases reported. Approximately 50 percent of all confirmed cases have been reported in just the past two weeks.  

Reversing this trend is going to take all of us.  Anyone can spread the disease so everyone must do their part. Learn how to stop the spread.

Get hospital capacity information. The Arizona Department of Health Services tracks hospital capacity. Find data under “Hospital COVID-19 Specific Metrics.” It’s important to remember that people who get seriously ill from COVID-19 often have to remain in the hospital for weeks. As positive cases grow, the burden on hospitals grows because they are treating both new COVID-19 cases and those who have been admitted previously.

Stay safe when using public transit. If you are using public transportation, there are ways to reduce your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19.

  • Avoid or limit touching surfaces
  • Practice social distancing
    As examples, consider skipping a row of seats, or entering and exiting through doors in the back
  • Practice hand hygiene (wash your hands, use hand sanitizer)
  • Stay up to date. Get the latest Valley Metro transit service changes.  

Senior centers delay opening. Due to increased COVID-19 cases, the Granite Reef and Via Linda senior centers openings have been delayed from June 22 to July 6. Food programs providing curb side pickup are still available. Staff will answer phones from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Granite Reef – 480-312-1700; Via Linda – 480-312-5810.

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

TODAY! Public welcome to Juneteenth celebration. GenerationBLK is hosting a Juneteenth celebration from 2-8 p.m. today, Friday, June 19, at Eldorado Park, 2311 N. Miller Road. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on this day that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Learn more about the event here. Please read about the city’s mask requirement which takes effect at 5 p.m. today. 

Census: See how Maricopa County and Scottsdale are responding. Find out how many people in our community are completing the census and counting toward funding for community programs and resources. The map here shows the number of people who have already responded across the country. You can click on your state, county and city for a more detailed look. Learn more: 2020census.gov 

Airport to temporarily reduce U.S. Customs hours. Scottsdale Airport will temporarily scale back its hours for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) service July 1-Sept. 30. Service will be available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Mondays for both business and leisure travelers. Until then, hours remain available from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. Learn more. 

Scottsdale Arts has extended the application deadline for its Community Arts Grant Program. Funding goes to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Scottsdale and the Valley for projects that serve the Scottsdale community. Last year, Scottsdale Arts awarded $100,000 to 14 organizations. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. mountain standard time, Friday, June 26. Information and guidelines are available here. 

Valley Metro seeking input on transit service. Valley Metro is asking riders for feedback about transit use during COVID-19. Respond here by June 30. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card.

City’s official YouTube channel surpasses 1 million views. Scottsdale Video Network staff has created a variety of content enjoyed by 3,000 plus subscribers worldwide. Our top three viewed videos: How to Read Your Water Meter (113,496 views), Scottsdale Fire Responds (103,785 views) and Looking for Water Leaks Outside Your Home (95,870 views). So far this year, people watched city videos for more nearly 9,500 hours - the equivalent of just over one year. Other popular shows include Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran PreserveScottsdale History and the Neighborhood College

Scottsdale earns platinum level Healthy Arizona Worksite Award. The Arizona Department of Health Services recently recognized the city’s Human Services Department for its work to positively affect the community’s health and well-being – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Scottsdale was set apart from other cities for its success in providing emergency food to seniors and at-risk families; and creating daily virtual wellness programs posted on its Senior Services Facebook page  

Learn about Scottsdale’s rich retail history. Scottsdale Historian Joan Fudala presents another show in her series of virtual history talks. This one explores Scottsdale’s retails business, “Shops-dale, a retro romp through Scottsdale’s retails history.” View it here. 

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