Scottsdale Update - Sept. 29, 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: 141,200; up 166 from yesterday  

  • Total number of deaths: 3,364; up 1 from yesterday  

  • Hospital admissions: 14,399; 10 percent of total cases  

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,357; 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.

COVID-19 vaccines are in late-stage clinical trials. Several U.S. drug manufacturers are working to develop a vaccine and some of these are in the late-stage clinical trial phase. Any vaccine would require FDA approval before it could be widely distributed to the public.

Maricopa County Public Health has been planning for mass vaccine distribution for several years as part of its public health preparedness and response program. Extensive state and county plans exist. These are being used as the basis for COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans when the time comes. The county is working closely with Arizona Department of Health Services on this effort.

How can widespread antibody testing help us learn more about COVID-19? We know that, especially early on in the pandemic, not everyone who was infected was tested. We also know that around 40 percent of people infected with COVID-19 never develop symptoms and may not be included in case counts. By testing a small number of households in targeted communities for antibodies (a “serosurvey”), we can get a better estimate of how many people throughout our county have been infected with COVID-19 at some point. 

The surveyed communities were picked intentionally, in partnership with the CDC, to provide a sample that represents all of Maricopa County. Getting enough people from every selected community helps estimate what is happening in our county as a whole. Learn more about the serosurvey.

Where can I find the COVID-19 data I need? Maricopa County Public Health tracks and shares various data related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s where you can find the information:

  • Daily case counts and total case counts

  • % of deaths, hospitalizations, intensive care visits

  • Demographics

  • Long-term care facility outbreaks

  • School outbreaks

  • Epi curve

  • Cases per 100,000

  • % of positive COVID-19 tests

  • % of COVID-like illness

*This dashboard is searchable by zip code or school district. A pop-up box provides a recommended learning scenario (in-person, hybrid, online only) for that area.

The Arizona Department of Health Services provides some data that the county does not track. The ADHS data dashboard has real-time data about testing and hospital bed use, in addition to data for the rest of the state.

Its school and business dashboards break down data by county and can tell you which counties are meeting statewide benchmarks.

Scottsdale releases COVID-19 “Resilience and Recovery Report.” Innovative. Helping. Steadfast. These three words form a common theme around the stories and actions highlighted in the city's Resilience and Recovery Report (PDF). As the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis disrupted our daily professional and personal lives, city employees remained dedicated in their roles to provide safe and simply better public service. This report provides updates and highlights of Scottsdale's resilience and pandemic recovery accomplishments. Watch this.

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

Census deadline extended to Oct. 5. The Secretary of Commerce has announced a target date of Monday, Oct. 5, to conclude the 2020 Census self-response and field data collection operations. This is your chance to shape Scottsdale’s future for years to come! If you haven’t yet, please respond to the 2020 Census here.

Important information and dates for Scottsdale’s General Election. The two candidates for mayor are:

  • David "Dave" Ortega

  • Lisa Borowsky

The six candidates for three City Council seats are:

  • Tammy Caputi

  • Tom Durham

  • Betty Janik

  • John Little

  • Becca Linnig

  • Guy Phillips

  • Oct. 5 – Voter registration deadline

  • Oct. 7 – Early ballots mailed, in-person voting available at some voting sites

  • Oct. 23 – Last day to request a ballot in the mail

  • Oct. 24 – Weekend voting available at some locations

  • Oct. 28 – Suggested last day to mail back your ballots. The county must receive your voted ballot by Tuesday, Nov. 3, regardless of the postmarked date. Consider delivery time when mailing.

  • Nov. 3 – Election Day

Get details, including voting site times, dates and locations, at Maricopa County Elections.

Brush fires keep wildland firefighters busy in 2020: Technology helps track fire starts, mitigation efforts. The significance of the dry, hot summer and missing monsoon season created a hotbed of problems in the north part of the city, creating the most overgrown brush and vegetation fuels season this area has seen in years. Scottsdale, more than any other alley city, has heightened critical wildfire risk due to the urban interface with much of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and other vegetation-rich, open space areas. Learn more and how you can protect your property.

Old Town Farmers Market resumes Saturday. 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.

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.

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

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