Scottsdale Update - Aug. 14, 2020



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: 126,923; up 456 from yesterday 

  • Total number of deaths: 2,416 up 23 from yesterday 

  • Hospital admissions: 13,715; 11 percent of total cases 

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,107; 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. 

Senior Services virtually connecting with homebound seniors. Senior Services staff are reaching out to homebound seniors with a variety of daily virtual activities. Fitness tips, art projects, discussion groups, simple cooking demonstrations, guided meditation and weekly concerts are provided through the Senior Services Facebook page.  

Vista del Camino Career Center expands virtual services. Since the start of the pandemic, staff and volunteers have worked remotely to provide job seeking assistance through email, phone and video conferencing. Thanks to the help of the Scottsdale Public Library System, job seekers can now sign up online for one-on-one virtual appointments for mock interviews, resume assistance and job search techniques. New virtual Career Center workshops also will be starting with this month’s LinkedIn for Job Search and Networking class.  

Scottsdale schools offer “Return to Learn” meal distribution. Meals will be provided curbside drive-thru at five district sites. Both breakfast and lunch are distributed at the same time. Service is available from 7-9:30 a.m. daily, however the district may transition to a weekly system later. Get details.  

Someone in my household has COVID-19. How can I prevent the virus from spreading to others in my home? The infected person should stay in one room away from other people, as much as possible. They should use a separate bathroom, if possible. In addition, caregivers and others who must interact with the patient should: 

  • Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, towels and bedding 

  • Wear masks or face coverings around the infected person, and maintain distance as much as possible 

  • Regularly clean and disinfect all surfaces that are touched often like counters, tabletops, sink handles, light switches and doorknobs 

Get more tips to prevent spreadHow long should an infected person stay isolated

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

These questions and answers help clarify face covering requirements in Scottsdale.

Follow us on Twitter @ScottsdaleAZgov and Facebook 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 to access city services online.


Here are the final Primary Election results. Maricopa County Elections provided the final results from Scottsdale’s Aug. 4 Primary Election. No candidates received enough votes to be elected outright at the primary, so the top two candidates for mayor and the top six candidates for council move on to the city’s Nov. 3 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 

See Scottsdale’s complete Aug. 4 Primary Election results and find additional election information at Scottsdale.Vote

Scottsdale Police publish policies online. The Scottsdale Police Department recently created a new “transparency and accountability” that provides open access to its policy manual. These are the most current policies which are continuously reviewed and updated through an extensive revision process. While most policies are published online, not every policy is available through the website to preserve tactical, officer safety and other security concerns.  

View the progress on Scottsdale Fire Stations 603 and 616. Construction began on Fire Station 603 last fall and is expected to be complete this summer. The new station, located near the 8100 block of Indian Bend Road, will include crew quarters and facilities, office space, an OSHA-certified decontamination area, safety gear storage and two apparatus bays.  

Construction also is underway on Fire Station 616 and is scheduled to be complete winter 2020. The new station, located at 9320 E. Cave Creek Road, will include crew quarters and facilities, an OSHA-certified decontamination area, safety gear storage and an apparatus bay. Upon completion, Fire Station 616 will be staffed by a four-person crew manning a fire engine and a brush truck.  

Voters approved funding through the 2015 bond election. Take a look. 

Have you filled out your 2020 Census? In our community and in the 2020 Census, everyone counts. More responses means more funding to help everyone thrive. Help our community return from the pandemic stronger. Respond to the Census.  

August After-School Program is up and running. The program continues to offer the same enriching, dynamic, fun experience kids have come to love. The four-week program runs from 2-6 p.m. daily through Sept. 4, at several community centers and schools. Student health is a priority. Registration is limited to meet physical distancing guidelines, daily temperature checks are required and participant to staff is limited to 10 kids per one staff person. Learn more.  

Preserve staff help a very special burro find her way home. A startled burro went missing from her owner in the preserve in January. The community rallied with search parties for several days, with many sightings, but no one was able to get close enough to capture her.  

Sightings became less frequent as the months went by. Starbird’s owner worked with the AZ Equine Rescue Organization and the city preserve staff to set up a temporary corral adjacent to a watering hole they suspected Starbird would be using. After several weeks, the owner was able to snarl Starbird. From there, Starbird was relocated back to the ranch that she now calls home. Special thanks to Preserve Manager Scott Hamilton and Natural Resources Coordinator John Loleit for helping Starbird’s big adventure come to a happy end.  

Pinnacle Peak Park site of history-making event. Seventeen-year-old Victoria Rader became one of the first female Eagle Scouts in the country. She earned this prestigious title after completing a project fabricating a gabion bench at the end of the Pinnacle Peak Park trail. The city is honored Victoria chose our park for this monumental achievement. Contact Preserve Manager Scott Hamilton at 480-312-7722 for details.  

Help us spread the word that Scottsdale is open for business! The Shop Scottsdale campaign focuses on community education and awareness by underscoring the importance of shopping and supporting local, especially during these uncertain times. Small businesses make up over 92 percent of the storefront and restaurant experiences in Scottsdale – for every $100 dollars someone spends here, $43 stays in our community. Those dollars have the power to help reinvigorate our economy.  

Scottsdale Mayor’s Youth Council is back. Scottsdale students returned to school this week, which means the Mayor's Youth Council is back in action. Twenty-eight participants virtually met recently for their first meeting. Participants discussed ways to spread awareness for suicide prevention, anti-bullying, cyber-bulling and ending hatred and racism. Learn how teens can participate.

Scottsdale aquatics summer wind-up by the numbers. Summer break is behind us, but the city’s aquatic centers are still open for learn-to-swim lessons, water exercise and lap swim. Here’s the stats: 

  • 190 children and 104 adults are participating in aquatics classes 

  • 2,300 lap swimmers visit pools each week 

Staff continue following safety measures by limiting lane use to two swimmers, cleaning high-touch areas frequently and reminding aquatic users to physical distance.  

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

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