Scottsdale Update - Oct. 9, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE

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: 145,181; up 456 from yesterday  

  • Total number of deaths: 3,457; up 3 from yesterday  

  • Hospital admissions: 12,635; 9 percent of total cases  

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,401; 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.

County provides new weekly benchmark data. Maricopa County is seeing moderate spread of COVID-19 as defined by three statewide benchmarks. New data released this week show a slight increase in cases per 100,000, a slight decrease in the percentage of positive tests and no change in hospital visits for COVID-like illness:

  • Cases per 100,000: 48

  • Percentage of positive tests: 3.8 percent

  • Hospital visits for COVID-like illness: 2 percent

Reminder: What are the best ways to protect yourself? COVID-19 is still circulating in our community. That’s why it’s important to:

  • Stay home and away from others when sick

  • Keep at least six feet from others whenever possible

  • Wear a mask in enclosed public spaces and when you cannot maintain distance

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands

  • Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands frequently

People who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, like those age 65 and over and those with chronic medical conditions, should avoid being around others outside their household as much as possible.

COVID-19 in county jails update. As of Oct. 6, there were zero active COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County jails. During the entire pandemic, there have been 1,671 positive cases in the county jail system with no deaths reported. Learn more.

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

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

Here's an outlet for your unwanted electronics, Saturday. Electronics make up the bulk of waste that threatens our environment because of the potentially dangerous elements contained in them. Properly dispose of your unwanted electronics at Scottsdale's Electronics Recycling Collection Day from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the city's North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive.

Libraries are closed Monday. All Scottsdale Public Library locations will be closed Monday, Oct. 12, for a staff development day. Digital resources are available online.

Where to vote in Scottsdale. Early voting is underway in Maricopa County, and as the Nov. 3 General Election draws near, a number of voting centers in Scottsdale will open in phases between now and Election Day.

The first is Scottsdale Plaza, 8029 E. Roosevelt St., which is open weekdays and some weekend days – check days and hours of operation here. During open hours, you can vote onsite or drop off your voted early ballot at this location.

The next voting center in Scottsdale does not open until Thursday, Oct. 22. Find a complete list of locations in or near Scottsdale at Scottsdale.Vote, or search the full Maricopa County list at Maricopa.Vote.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 12, voted early ballots can be dropped off between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. You cannot vote in person at Scottsdale City Hall – it is a drop-off location only.

There are no assigned voting locations. Choose any in the county that works with your schedule. Additionally, vote centers are open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Election Day.

Calling all veterans; help us celebrate your service. No matter when you served or where you served, we honor your service, your sacrifice and your dedication to the United States of America. The people of Scottsdale have a great admiration and the utmost gratitude for the men and women who selflessly served – and serve – this country. Submission deadline is Friday, Oct. 16. Share your story with us.

You won’t lose with GAIN – Getting Arizona Involved with Neighborhoods! Arizona's answer to National Night Out unites communities to create safer neighborhoods. This year’s celebration begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in a fun, safe, new way. Pack a picnic and party with the parade … we encourage residents to physically distance with their neighbors in their driveways or safely along the various parade routes. Register here for a free pack available in limited quantities to families with children younger than 12. One per household, please. Call 480-312-3111 for more information.

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments. Here’s a list of open galleries and safety measures.

Keep up with the count. Residents have more time to respond to the 2020 Census. The new deadline is Saturday, Oct. 31. This is your final chance to shape Scottsdale’s future for years to come! If you haven’t yet, please respond to the 2020 Census here.

Adhere to trail etiquette when hiking. With the weather cooling even more people will be experiencing Scottsdale's majestic McDowell Sonoran Preserve trails. To ensure enjoyment of this special place, please share the trails and obey trail etiquette. Watch this video for the simple rules of the trail.

Register for fall Neighborhood College classes. Scottsdale Neighborhood College classes continue this fall with topics on homeowner’s association law and the history of Scottsdale. Classes are conveniently held virtually on Zoom. Get class details and registration information.

Honoring Bennie Gonzalez during Hispanic Heritage Month. In the spirit of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), we honor renowned architect Bennie Gonzales. He made significant contributions to Scottsdale by designing many of our iconic municipal buildings including City Hall, the Civic Center Library and the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. In 2018, the city renamed First Avenue between Drinkwater Boulevard and 75th Street to “Bennie Gonzales Way.” Watch and learn about the history of the Scottsdale Civic Center and hear more about Bennie's artistic vision to create an inviting oasis.

Commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Monday, Oct. 12. Scottsdale recognizes the contributions made by indigenous peoples and values the many ways in which they have shaped the character of our city. Read Scottsdale’s proclamation.

National Employment of People with Disabilities Month. October provides a national recognition to reflect on ways to help increase employment opportunities for those living with a disability. The city offers scholarship opportunities for college-bound or current students. Read the mayor’s proclamation. Learn about the city's Adapted Services program. Discover who selected Scottsdale as the No. 1 city in the nation for people with disabilities and why.

It's National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Do your part and be cyber smart. Businesses face significant financial loss when a cyber-attack occurs. In 2019, the U.S. business sector had a 17 percent increase in data breaches: 1,473 breaches. Cybercriminals often rely on human error — employees failing to install software patches or clicking on malicious links — to gain access to systems. From the top leadership to the newest employee, cybersecurity requires the vigilance of everyone to keep data, customers and capital safe and secure. Learn more and help support a culture of cybersecurity.

Do your civic doodie. Help the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts once again be named the national winner in Cintas’ America’s Best Bathroom Award. The winner earns a $2,500 grant for facility services or restroom cleaning. Vote now through Monday, Oct. 19.

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


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