Scottsdale Update - Sept. 25, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE

Reminder - Face coverings are still required in Scottsdale. Under a Maricopa County emergency order adopted June 19, face coverings are required in most public places in Scottsdale. Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane recently rescinded the Scottsdale-specific order (which was enacted before the countywide order), which has caused some confusion. Face coverings are still required in Scottsdale. Under the countywide order, face coverings remain required in public places including grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and bars, gyms and similar facilities, retail stores, special events and public transit. Read more.

Getting the most from your mask. To get the most protection out of your reusable cloth face covering, you should be washing it after each use to the extent possible. Consider buying or making multiple masks to give you time to wash them between use. 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: 140,336; up 203 from yesterday  

  • Total number of deaths: 3,336; up 25 from yesterday  

  • Hospital admissions: 14,350; 10 percent of total cases  

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,341; 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.

Who is getting the virus? Public Health data shows the majority of COVID-19 cases (51 percent) are people in the 20-44 age group. The number of children and young adults ages up to age 19 who have tested positive for COVID-19 make up 13 percent of known cases in Maricopa County. This means approximately two-thirds of all COVID-19 cases have been in people younger than 44.

While younger people are less likely to have severe illness due to COVID-19, some do get very sick. Even people with mild symptoms are still able to spread the virus to people who are more likely to get severe illness. We all need to mask up, keep our distance from others and stay home if we’re sick. Get more information.

What constitutes an outbreak? Maricopa County schools are required to report two or more cases of COVID-19 that don't live in the same household to MCDPH within 24 hours. This is a very early sign of an outbreak in a school setting and allows Public Health to work closely with school nurses and administrators to identify additional cases and implement control measures. Public Health works with the school to determine who was potentially exposed in the school so that every parent/guardian of a student who is exposed, as well as exposed staff members, are notified. An outbreak is considered over if there are no new cases identified within the school community for two incubation periods or 28 days. 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

Make your voice count and help your community return stronger. Participate in the 2020 Census so Arizona receives its fair share of federal funding for infrastructure, emergency response, and community services. If you haven’t yet, please respond to the 2020 Census here

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. Share your story with us.

Nominate a person or organization that embodies the Scottsdale spirit. Scottsdale’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission wants to showcase the people and organizations that embody the “Spirit of Scottsdale.” This award recognizes residents and organizations/businesses that help to strengthen and build Scottsdale’s community through their commitment to and involvement in neighborhoods. Fill out your nomination here by Dec. 31.

Old Town Farmers Market resumes Oct. 3. Buy food and specialty items supplied by locals. There is a large variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, as well. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. The market runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, October through May, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.

Scottsdale Public Library introduces new virtual branch. Pegasus, the brand-new virtual library branch, will allow patrons to easily find all digital library services, including “Ask-a-Librarian" service, online library card registrations, renewals, digital materials and databases. Pegasus is accessible 24/7 and allows patrons to explore the library from the safety and comfort of their own homes.

Federal CARES Act grant committed to workforce development. The library will spend about $10,000 to purchase laptops and hotspots for people who are updating job skills through online classes, filling out job applications and doing online interviews. This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the institute of Museum and Library Sciences. Get more information about library job resources.

Scottsdale Ranch Park Tennis Center reopens after renovation. Ten of 18 tennis courts were rebuilt as part of the 2019 Bond Program. Improvements include adding post-tension concrete, retrofitting lighting to LED and new fencing. A portion of the project will be funded by the United States Tennis Association paid for a portion of improvements including repainting tennis facility walls, enhancing tennis grounds adding court canopies and installing touchless entry to the facility. Learn more about the tennis center.

Athletic games and tournaments to resume at city fields. Scottsdale Parks and Recreation will allow athletic games and tournaments on city fields to resume Friday, Oct. 2. User groups will need to follow “Return to Play Protocols,” provide a plan seven days prior to the first day of play and an on-site point of contact for all COVID-19 related issues, as well as follow all local public health mandates. Reserve a field and get more information.

Register for fall Neighborhood College classes. Scottsdale Neighborhood College will present six classes this fall on homeowner’s association law and the history of Scottsdale. Classes will be held virtually on Zoom. Get class details and registration information.

By the numbers: Senior Services finds ways to engage residents during pandemic. The pandemic has been especially difficult for the seniors in our community -- many of whom were already living with limited socialization and resources before COVID-19 restrictions went into place. Here are highlights:

  • Staff distributed 94,788 pounds of food distributed through the Brown Bag Program between March and August

  • Delivered hundreds of meals to homebound seniors

  • Created virtual programming that provided enriching activities, music, cooking demonstrations, guided exercise and meditation

  • Facilitated phone group discussions to help seniors feel connected

The Vista del Camino Food Bank needs these donations:

  • Deodorant - men and women

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Women's hygiene products (pads, tampons)

  • Toothpaste

  • Toothbrushes

  • Toilet paper

  • Paper towels

  • Pet food (dog and cat)

  • Laundry detergent

  • Box items (hamburger helper, pasta roni, etc.)

  • Gourmet items (chips, crackers, cookies, condiments)

  • Soup

The food bank will be collecting items through Oct. 10. Drop off items at Vista del Camino, 7700 E. Roosevelt St.

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

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