Scottsdale Update - Aug. 18, 2020


Scottsdale’s face coverings mandate update. Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane intends to extend the emergency proclamation requiring face coverings in most public places in Scottsdale beyond its current Aug. 20 expiration date in continued support of state and federal public health guidance. The order will be extended without a set expiration date; the mayor will continue regular review of public health data and recommendations, and will adjust the city's emergency orders accordingly. Learn more here

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: 129,803; up 413 from yesterday 

  • Total number of deaths: 2,597; up 51 from yesterday 

  • Hospital admissions: 13,967; 11 percent of total cases 

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,146; 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.

Get on the list for funding through the Small Business Reimbursement Program. The city will award reimbursements to qualified businesses that have had to make necessary expenditures to continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this program, supplies and equipment that are required for health, safety and to increase protection within a Scottsdale-based company can be reimbursed. Get on the list to receive announcements about the program.

What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 test? It gives you important information that will help you make decisions about your own health, the health of your family and your role in protecting the community. It also helps public health agencies better understand the spread of the virus and ensures data is the best it can be. Visit for locations and events.

What makes an effective mask? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a well-fitted face mask for everyday use because there is evidence these types of masks reduce the spread of COVID-19. Other face coverings have not been proven to reduce spread, and in some cases, can increase risk to others. 

Masks tend to be most effective when they:

  • Fit without gaps around the nose and mouth

  • Are made of multiple layers of material

  • Are made of thicker materials with a tighter weave

  • Are made of a blend of cotton and another material

Healthy ways to cope with stress amid COVID-19. It can be difficult to maintain your peace of mind during a pandemic. It’s important to remember that coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about and your community stronger. Learn more. Don’t know where to start? Follow these tips:

  • Know what to do if you are sick and concerned about COVID-19. Contact a health professional before you start any self-treatment.

  • Know where and how to get treatment and other support services and resources, including counseling or therapy.

  • Take care of your emotional health. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react to the urgent need to protect yourself and your family.

  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including those on social media. Constantly hearing about the pandemic or other unpleasant news can be upsetting, even if your exposure to it is somewhat passive. Try filling your free time with other activities you enjoy.

  • Take care of your body and exercise regularly.

  • Make time to unwind. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate

  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.

  • Get plenty of sleep.

  • Avoid excessive alcohol and drug use.

  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. We’re all in this together.

  • Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, consider connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.

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.


Take precautions in record-breaking heat. The Valley has reached 110 degrees 41 times this year, 10 of those days have been at 115 or higher. Low temperatures have been in the 90's for 23 days this year. We will continue to add to these already record tallies this week. Scottsdale Fire officials urge you to recognize the signs of heat-related stress and avoid strenuous outdoor activity. Excessive sweating, dizziness, headache, nausea/vomiting and weakness are signs of stress. Get helpful hints.

High ozone pollution advisory continues through Wednesday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through Wednesday, Aug. 19. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between noon-6 p.m. if and when outdoors.

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.

Scottsdale businesses make prestigious list. The annual Inc. 5000 list honors 21 Scottsdale-based companies that made the list. Every year, Inc. Magazine produces a list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America. The Inc. 5000 list ranks companies based on their overall revenue growth over three years. Check out the Scottsdale companies that made the list.

“Creatures and Monsters” exhibit opens at Scottsdale Civic Center Library. This exhibit, featuring artists exploring “the beasts of imagination,” is on display online and at the Civic Center Public Gallery inside the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The first new exhibition at the gallery since the library’s initial March closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition can be fully-experienced online. Scottsdale Public Art will host a virtual opening reception via Zoom at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21. Learn more and view the “Creatures and Monsters” exhibition. The Civic Center Library has limited hours due to COVID-19. Get hours here.

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


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