April 10, 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.
Important Easter holiday information. The upcoming Easter holiday weekend is traditionally the busiest at Scottsdale parks. City parks are open, per Governor Ducey's executive order. However many park amenities are closed. The Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Department reminds residents that due to COVID-19, park reservations are cancelled through the end of the month. Park visitors need to recreate responsibly:
- Do not gather in groups
- Stay 6 feet away from others
- Wash your hands frequently
If you visit trails at Pinnacle Peak Park or the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve, remember:
- No picnicking or gathering at trailheads
- Enjoy the trail, then head home
Parks and Recreation staff will rove parks to educate visitors about these restrictions.
Scam alert! In the past few days, several Scottsdale residents received a letter in the mail claiming to be from Maricopa County Public Health. The letter (dated March 30) claims that Maricopa County Department of Public Health officials will be going door-to-door to check residents’ health and well-being. The letter claims that residents who are sick will be taken to a facility in Phoenix to be quarantined for 45 days. This is a hoax! Learn more.
Valley Metro announces service updates. Beginning Saturday, April 11, light rail will adjust its Monday-Saturday schedule. Changes include 15-minute frequencies from 4 a.m.-6 p.m. with no late-night service on Friday and Saturday. Sunday service will remain the same. Beginning Monday, April 13, bus routes affecting Scottsdale riders take effect:
- Route 17 (McDowell Road)
- Route 29 (Thomas Road)
- Route 41 (Indian School Road)
- Route 50 (Camelback Road)
- Route 80 (Shea Boulevard)
- Route 154 (Greenway Road)
- Route 170 (Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard/Bell Road)
Scottsdale sites light blue to honor frontline workers battling COVID-19.
Each Thursday at 8 p.m. facilities around the U.S. are being lighted blue (#LightBlue) to honor the frontline workers who are facing the COVID-19 pandemic. In Scottsdale, two displays mark the city’s commitment and appreciation:
New, improved website for COVID-19 resources. The city has updated its COVID-19 website to include more, valuable information. New categories include, “I Need Help;” “I Want to Help;” “Business Resources;” and “Health and Prevention.” Access the information here.
Mayor addresses community concerns in video series. Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane and city staff are answering community concerns in a series of brief videos which can be found on the city of Scottsdale’s YouTube page.
Reminder: Essential city services such as solid waste collection, water, police and fire remain fully operational. Staff in these areas are taking steps recommended by public health experts to keep things clean and prevent the spread of virus. There are a variety of services available online.
Community legal services offers housing law guidance. For tenants and homeowners at risk of losing their homes during this time, important information is available through a new lunchtime law lesson on COVID-19 and Arizona housing laws. Sessions are free and open to the public from noon-1 p.m. Fridays. Registration is required and participants may submit questions ahead of time.
Scottsdale history shared through email newsletter. This joint effort among the library, Scottsdale Neighborhood College and the Scottsdale Historical Society brings our city’s history to life. Go to Scottsdale Email Subscriptions and select “Scottsdale History” to receive the newsletter.
Scottsdale Arts launches virtual arts experience, “Connections.” In response to the closures of its facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Scottsdale Arts has launched a series of new virtual arts programming via its website, ScottsdaleArts.org, and the websites for its four branches: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation.
Changes coming next week to school district’s free meals program. The Scottsdale Unified School District Nutrition Services department is fine-tuning its free meal program for children to further protect families and staff members from potential exposure to the coronavirus. Beginning Wednesday, April 15, meals will be distributed weekly – on Wednesdays only – rather than each weekday. Adults will be able to pick up five breakfasts and five lunches for every child ages 1-18 in their households. Learn more.
Social distancing appears to be slowing the spread of COVID-19. Maricopa County Department of Public Health data is showing that the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is growing at a slower rate since the end of March than in the weeks prior. This is likely attributed to the protective measures individuals and the community are taking to slow the spread of disease.
“When we look at the hospitalization epidemiology curve, we can see that the number of new severe COVID-19 cases is not growing as rapidly as it was several weeks ago,” said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director for disease control at Maricopa County Department of Public Health. “This tells us that, while the number of severe cases is still increasing, we have started to flatten the curve in Maricopa County. Learn more. (Source: Maricopa County)
U.S. Small Business Administration offers new programs. In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak and assist small businesses and private, nonprofit organizations with economic injury caused by the pandemic. Learn about the SBAs coronavirus relief options here.
Get the city’s COVID-19 information.
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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
Indian Bend Wash Path restricted for repairs. Repairs begin Wednesday, April 15, on sections of the Indian Bend Wash shared-use path between McKellips and Thomas roads. The path will be restricted weekdays from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., through Friday, May 1. Detour to Miller Road, just west of the path.
The 2020 Census is happening now. Have you filled out your form yet? It’s not too late! By accurately counting everyone in your household, including children age 5 and younger, you ensure that the proper funds are available for important educational programs and medical resources across the Valley. Did you know that children birth through 5 are among the most undercounted groups? Let’s change that! Fill out your form today.
Library forgiving fines. Scottsdale Public Library will be forgiving all fines through the end of May. Call 480-312-7323 to have fines and fees forgiven from your account. For more information, visit ScottsdaleLibrary.org/fine-forgiveness.