Scottsdale Update - Aug. 21, 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: 130,605; up 320 from yesterday

  • Total number of deaths: 2,726; up 24 from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 14,104; 11 percent of total cases

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,166; 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.

Scottsdale school board to use state benchmarks as guide for reopening. At its regular monthly meeting this week, the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board endorsed using metrics established by the Arizona Department of Health Services to help determine when it is safe to open schools to in-person learning.

ADHS recommends that all three of the following benchmarks fall within the moderate or minimal spread category for two consecutive weeks in order to begin offering hybrid learning, defined as some students in physical buildings and some students distance learning:

  • Cases: New case rates below 100 per 100,000 people or a two-week decline in case rates

  • PCR Test positivity rate: Less than 7 percent positivity

  • COVID-like illness of hospital visits: Below 10 percent

Get more information.

Maricopa County Health Department discusses decrease in case counts. Maricopa County is averaging fewer than 500 new COVID-19 cases per day. Maricopa County Health Department’s Medical Director for Disease Control Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine explained that this trend is not simply due to fewer people getting tested.&

Maricopa County offers COVID-19 rental assistance. Maricopa County’s new program to help people who are struggling to pay rent has produced promising results during its first month of operation. Since the county COVID Rental Assistance program launched in July, more than 300 households have received a combined 662 months (or $993,000) of paid rent.

There are three ways renters can apply for County COVID Rental Assistance:

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The program allows for retroactive payments beginning in March 2020 and funds will be distributed through mid-December or when rental assistance funds have been fully expended.

Are there alternatives to wearing masks during the heat? Wearing a cloth face covering in the record heat we’ve been experiencing can be uncomfortable. However, Maricopa County Public Health reminds us that it's safe and provides proven protection against COVID-19. There is no evidence that wearing a face covering impacts oxygen levels. A well-fitted face covering& should allow adequate airflow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends face masks for everyday use, but not all are created equal. See why.

Keeping your pets safe from COVID-19. There isn’t evidence the virus can spread to people from the skin, fur or hair of pets. The risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is low. However, there is a small risk that people with COVID-19 could spread the virus to animals. A small number of household pets have tested positive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends owners limit their pet’s interaction with people outside their household and follow these tips.

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.


The south area preserve trails are closed today, Aug. 21. Due to a lightning-caused brush fire in the neighboring county park, Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve’s south trailheads are closed today, Aug. 21. These trails include Sunrise, Ringtail, Lost Dog, Gateway and Tom's Thumb. North trailheads remain open. Please note that there is not a fire burning within the preserve boundaries. Get updates.

Join the 9/11 Day commemoration project and pledge to do something good. Sept. 11 is “National Day of Service,” and we challenge you to pledge to make a difference in our community. Help turn a day of tragedy into a day of unity and doing good. Participate by taking a photo with your pledge on a piece of paper and include the hashtags #IWILL #WECARE. Email them to or text them to Public Information Officer Lori Schmidt at 480-272-1710. We will share your stories on social media starting Monday, Sept. 7.

“Non-soon” increases wildfire danger. Our monsoon season turned out to be “non-soon” so far. This means our wildfire risk remains high. Be sure to keep your home protected by creating a defensible space. Remove the fuel that feeds the brush fires. Get more safety tips.

The clock is ticking. Time is running out to participate in the 2020 Census. It’s your civic duty, and it’s also the way Arizona receives its fair share of federal funding for infrastructure, emergency response and community services. Make your voice count and complete your Census today! Respond to the Census.

Community Assistance Office soliciting for funding applications for Fiscal Year 2021/22. Section 501(c)3 and city programs are eligible to apply for funds that are available through Community Development Block Grant, HOME, Scottsdale Cares, city General Funds and Endowment Funds. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be presenting an in-person applicant orientation this year. However, those interested can view a presentation soon here. Applications will be available staring at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. The submission deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Contact Housing Supervisor Justin Boyd at 480-312-2479 for more information.

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


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