Phoenix Testing Blitz: Free COVID-19 Testing Offered Beginning July 17

City of Phoenix community partners are holding free COVID-19 testing sites on select dates. Pre-registration is required. The testing is free to all community members.

No ID required at these sites:
Friday, July 17

7am–noon
Cesar Chavez Library, 3635 W. Baseline Road, Phoenix
Provider: Valle del Sol
Pre-registration/appointment required: bit.ly/cesarchaveztesting

Saturday, July 18

7am to Noon
Cesar Chavez Library, 3635 W. Baseline Road, Phoenix
Provider: Valle del Sol
Pre-registration/appointment required: bit.ly/cesarchaveztesting

Saturday, July 18

6–11am
MetroCenter Mall, 9617 N. Metro Pkwy W., Phoenix
Provider: Family Tree Healthcare
Pre-registration/appointment required: familytreehealthcare.com

Federal COVID-19 Free Testing Sites

Federal and State agencies, and the City of Phoenix, along with pharmacy and lab partners are hosting COVID-19 testing events. Pre-registration is required. Testing locations are drive-thru and by appointment only. Residents must pre-register on the website. Bring the provided voucher to the test appointment. For those who cannot print, a voucher will be created at the site. Register online at https://doineedacovid19test.com.

Keep checking here as additional times and locations will be added through July 27.

Photo ID is required at these sites:
Maryvale High School

3415 N. 59th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85031
​Friday, July 17: 6am–2pm
Saturday, July 18: 6am–2pm
Sunday, July 19: 6am–2pm

South Mountain Park

10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85042
Friday, July 17: 6am–2pm
Saturday, July 18: 6am–2pm
Sunday, July 19: 6am–2pm

Metier Pharmacy

4214 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
When arriving at the testing location, follow instructions on the signage and provided by onsite personnel.
Friday, July 17: 9am–12pm;1–4pm
Saturday, July 18: Closed
Sunday, July 19: Closed
Monday, July 20: 9am–noon;1–4pm
Tuesday, July 21: 9am–noon;1–4pm
Wednesday, July 22: 9am–noon;1–4pm

Find additional information from the Arizona Department of Health Services about COVID-19.

The City of Phoenix also offers a Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources page.

Phoenix City Council Approves Solid Waste Rate Increase

During the Feb. 11 Policy Session, the Phoenix City Council approved staff’s recommendation to increase the current monthly residential solid waste rate of $26.80.

The increase of will be phased in over two years, which means residential customers will notice an additional $3.75 in their April 2020 bill and then another increase of $3.25 in January 2021.

The Council statement said that the decision to approve the increase in the solid waste monthly rate was based on feedback from the public gathered by Phoenix Public Works staff, who implemented a community outreach strategy during the months of December 2019 and January 2020.

According to the City, more than 5,800 collected surveys from the community revealed: a 90 percent satisfaction with the city’s delivery of solid waste services nearly; 90 percent of the respondents value recycling and waste diversion programs and believe they are important; and 60 percent of respondents were in favor of maintaining the current level of solid waste service.

Surviving Summer: Valley Services Providing Heat Relief

Pouring glass of water from a plastic bottle isolated on white backgroundBy Kathryn M. Miller ~ After record high temperatures in June, many residents may be ready to call “uncle” and head out of town for cooler climes. But for many of the Valley’s most vulnerable (homeless people, seniors, disabled and other residents) escape from the heat can be a challenge.

There is, however, some relief available – and ways that residents can lend a hand to those in need.

The City of Phoenix kicked off its annual Summer Respite Program to assist the homeless population. The public is asked to donate unopened water bottles, sunscreen, new underwear, white socks, white T-shirts, insect repellent and prepackaged snack items to be collected at the city’s family services centers. Residents can bring their tax-deductible donations to any of the City’s three family services centers from 8am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday. The city also participates in the Heat Relief Network, a Valley-wide program to ensure the safety of homeless people, seniors, disabled and other residents in need during the hot summer months. Information on both programs is available at www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/homeless. For more information, call 602.256.4302.

Central Arizona Shelter Services (www.cassaz.org/heat-relief.html) is also working to provide the shelter beds, bottled water and medical care needed to keep the homeless safe this summer. Through its Code:Red Summer Heat Relief program, Phoenix Rescue Mission (www.phoenixrescuemission.org/codered) assists homeless men, women and children survive the summer heat. Both organizations seek donations throughout the year to accomplish their respective missions. |CST

The Scottsdale Fire Department urges residents to know the signs of heat-related stress and avoid strenuous outdoor activity during triple-digit temperatures. It is important to know the early warning signs of heat-related illness and to take action. If heat exhaustion is left untreated, it may progress to heat stroke, a severe form of heat illness.

 Heat-Related Illness: Know The Signs

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shallow breathing
  • Rapid but weakened pulse rate
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