Scottsdale Update - Aug. 25, 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: 131,793; up 141 from yesterday

  • Total number of deaths: 2,789; up one from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 14,133; 11 percent of total cases

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,194; 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.

Apply for funds through Scottsdale’s Small Business Reimbursement Program. As a component of the CARES Act funding, this program assists Scottsdale small businesses with pandemic-related health and safety costs. The city has partnered with the Scottsdale Industrial Development Authority in administering this program which will provide up to $5,000 to Scottsdale businesses. We’re accepting applications here.

Update on the reopening of gyms, bars and more. You may start to see some bars, gyms, water parks and theaters reopening in Maricopa County. Governor Doug Ducey’s late June executive order required these businesses to pause operations until community spread is either “moderate” or “minimal.” In counties like ours, where spread is still “substantial,” businesses can ask the Arizona Department of Health Services for a waiver to reopen if they can demonstrate they have enhanced safety measures. Learn more.

Scottsdale Unified School District’s “Return to Learn” meal distribution goes weekly. Meals are provided curbside at five district sites. The weekly service allows families to receive five student breakfasts and lunches in one trip. Service is available from 7-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Get details.

Will it skew the numbers if people are tested multiple times? No. Public Health counts total COVID-19 cases by individual, so a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 multiple times would still only be counted once in their data.

Don’t get COVID-19 complacent. It’s tempting to look at recent case counts and think, maybe we can start relaxing a bit. Remember, though:

  • We are still seeing more cases per day than we had prior to the “Stay Home” order.

  • Community spread remains substantial.

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

  • While we’d all like to just get back to our pre-pandemic normal, the reality is, we have a long time to go before the pandemic is over.

Any of us can get infected and pass it to others if we are not taking preventive measures. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Understand your risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, for those who are immune-suppressed and people who have underlying health conditions such as:

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

  • Obesity

  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies

  • Sickle cell disease

  • Type 2 diabetes

People who live in congregate settings, such as a nursing home or long-term care facility, are also at greater risk. Learn how to protect yourself and others.

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.


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

Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane discusses the importance of the 2020 Census for Scottsdale with Tammy Parise, partnership coordinator in Arizona for the U.S. Census Bureau. Watch here.

High ozone pollution advisory continues through Thursday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through Thursday, Aug. 27. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between noon-6 p.m. if and when outdoors.

Get property information. This customer service tool allows users to immediately obtain property information 24/7. Users can immediately access zoning information, access an interactive map, connect with the County Assessor, and search for associated development cases, plan reviews, and permits for a property. Further, the app allows users to request more custom information, such as site-specific setbacks, land uses and information regarding signage. View the new instructional video online.

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


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