Scottsdale Update - May 8, 2020

We will issue Scottsdale Update more frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic. While in nontraditional ways, we are still conducting business, so we also may continue to provide information unrelated to the coronavirus.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Scottsdale tennis, pickleball courts and skate parks reopened today. The neighborhood tennis and pickleball courts are available during regular park hours, from sunrise until 10:30 p.m. The Scottsdale Ranch and Indian School tennis centers are open during modified hours - 7:30 a.m.-noon and 3-9 p.m. daily. Reservations are required; no drop-in play. In addition, a maximum of four players/coaches per court will be enforced. Showers and locker facilities are closed.

The city will continue to clean facilities regularly to help control the spread of germs and viruses. The public should do its part by recreating responsibly.

The city will reopen other public facilities and programs as statewide restrictions are relaxed. A phased opening of city pools is planned beginning Memorial Day pending further direction from the state. The city also is preparing to reopen some libraries on a similar time frame. Details will be announced later this month.

Mayor offers his perspective on the city's COVID-19 response. Mayor Jim Lane talks to Communications and Public Affairs Director Kelly Corsette in his latest video. Watch it 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

More services are available to assist small businesses. To support small businesses, the Arizona Small Business Association and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to create the CARES Act Readiness Program for Small Businesses. This free, online training program helps small businesses access the capital they need, helping both novice and experienced borrowers successfully access relief funds.

The goal is to ensure small businesses are not only prepared to access the next phase of funds from the CARES Act, but have individualized support to apply for loans. Learn more

Reopening guidance on masks and more. With more businesses opening, workers and customers are looking for guidance about gloves, masks, sanitation and more. What is required versus what is optional? The Governor’s Office has released this information: 

COVID-19 myth vs. reality. The School of Public Health Insights at Johns Hopkins University has developed this resource for tracking myths about COVID-19, including a daily roundup of popular myths.

COVID-19 data: Learn what to watch for. With more testing being done, public health officials are expecting a spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.  At first glance, this may seem alarming. However, case counts are not the only data we have to assess what is happening in our community. Maricopa County Public Health will remain focused on the data represented in the hospitalization epi curve, which is not impacted by the amount of testing done for the general public. The curve continues to remain relatively flat. Learn more.

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 Sunday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has extended the high ozone pollution advisory through Sunday, May 10. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between 2-6 p.m. if and when outdoors. 

Less than 60 percent of Scottsdale’s residents have responded to the 2020 U.S. Census. Scottsdale receives funding from the federal government and state based on our population for things like education, roads, healthcare and public safety. In Arizona, the estimated financial impact is nearly $30,000 per person over 10 years. More now than ever, we need every Scottsdale resident to be counted! See the response rates for your neighborhood. (Viewed best on Google Chrome) The census is quick, easy, safe and secure. It’s not too late -- respond online today.

Water Quality lab passes Arizona Department of Health Services audit.  Scottsdale’s Water Quality laboratory continues to provide accurate, high-quality data to ensure the safety of our drinking water and reclaimed water systems. Ahead of the audit, Water Quality staff provided the health department every compliance sample they had analyzed in the previous six months - this number is in the tens of thousands of samples. From that list, the health department randomly chose which samples and test methods they would review. 

By the numbers:

  • Adaptive Services staff mailed more than 600 handwritten cards to participants. Pre-COVID-19, residents with disabilities attended various programs at the Adaptive Services Center. Numerous parents and participants called staff to thank them and express how much this small, but personal gesture meant.
  • Library drive-thru locations remain popular. More than 2,600 residents a week are using drive-thru windows at Appaloosa, Arabian and Mustang libraries...an increase of 600 cars per week! Civic Center Library will soon offer curbside pick-ups for holds, as well. 
  • 100 years young. Scottsdale Fire crews celebrated a local centenarian with a drive-by 100th birthday celebration.

Watch these and share!

  • Scottsdale Police gave a special shout out to Detention Office Carlos Nieves for his service in the United States Army in light of National Military Appreciation Month and National Correctional Officers Week. 
  • Impulsion glows red in support of National Travel and Tourism Week to honor the travel industry and celebrate the spirit of travel. (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
  • Old Town public art sculpture One-Eyed Jack is making a fashion statement in the age of COVID-19. Economic Development and Scottsdale Public Art shared pictures of the sculpture wearing its new accessory.

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