New COVID-19 cases rose sharply over the weekend. Data released Sunday by the Arizona Department of Health Services showed a 1,438-person spike in new COVID-19 diagnosis between Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7. That was a 5.56 percent increase in positive cases over one 24-hour period.
This rise in COVID-19 cases coincides with patients returning to hospitals for elective procedures for the first time since mid-March. This has put an additional strain on hospital bed availability. The latest data shows that 77 percent of the adult intensive care unit beds in the state are now in use.
It’s important to continue our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. See below for how to protect yourself and others.
Reminders never hurt: A Healthy Scottsdale starts with you. The less time you spend in close proximity to others, the less likely you will be exposed to the virus.
- Keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and others whenever possible
- If you cannot maintain distance outside your home, wear a cloth face mask
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands after leaving public places
People who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, like those age 65 and older and those with chronic medical conditions, should avoid being around others outside their household as much as possible.
Most Scottsdale city buildings and facilities reopen to the public. We have modified our spaces, offerings and policies to comply with relevant guidelines. Guests are strongly encouraged to follow all social distancing protocols when they visit.
Learn more about buildings and services openings.
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 extended through Thursday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has extended the high ozone pollution advisory for Wednesday and Thursday, June 10 and 11. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between 2-6 p.m. if and when outdoors.
Census self-responses climbing. Scottsdale’s Census 2020 self-response rate is 61.7 percent. Let's get to 100 percent! Complete your questionnaire today, and start the week off feeling good about making an impact. Take it now.
Meet your mayor and city council candidates. The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce hosted forums recently so voters could learn more about Scottsdale mayor and city council candidates. Watch replays on Cox cable channel 11 or Century Link Channel 8001:
- 2020 City Council Candidate Forum - Replays at 2, 7 and 11 a.m.; and 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Fridays.
- 2020 Mayoral Candidate Forum - Replays at 2, 7 and 11 a.m.; 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Tuesdays.
You can also watch the forums on the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel.
Blood donations come with COVID-19 antibody testing. Donate blood at city sites, and Vitalant will test for the coronavirus antibody. You’ll receive results within two weeks. Two mobile blood donation vans will be available from 8 a.m.- noon Thursday, June 11, at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.; and from 8 a.m.- noon Monday, June 29, at the North Corp Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. To schedule your appointment, visit bloodhero.com, click on the “locate a blood drive” link and use sponsor code: corpblood.
Be prepared when hiking. The official start of summer is just days away, but triple-digit temperatures are already here. Understand the risks of venturing out into the heat unprepared. Experience Scottsdale's Hiking Safety Guide offers important safety information for those seeking to explore the desert.
Learn about Scottsdale’s major hiking trails: