Scottsdale Update - Aug. 28, 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: 132,473; up 234 from yesterday

  • Total number of deaths: 2,894; up 27 from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 14,193; 11 percent of total cases

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,213; 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.

Maricopa County COVID-19 spread considered “moderate.” Arizona Department of Health Services established three key metrics to track the spread of COVID-19. The most recent data for Maricopa County shows declines in all three. This allows some businesses that had to shut down in late June to reopen. View the business reopening dashboard.

What does a phased business reopening look like? Now that spread is considered “moderate,” gyms, movie theaters, water parks and bars that serve food can begin to reopen with limited capacity and other restrictions – but per governor executive order, these businesses must receive an approved attestation from AZDHS prior to reopening.

Under the phased reopening plan established by the State, bars and nightclubs that do not serve food must remain closed until community spread is “minimal.”

The city is evaluating these guidelines to determine when and how we will safely reopen public recreation activities. Get detailed guidance.

COVID-19 and city-hosted special events. Scottsdale Parks and Recreation has made the difficult decision to cancel October events, including Fall Festival, Railfair and Halloween Spook-Track-Ula. Public health authorities are discouraging or prohibiting organized events of 50 people or more. In the meantime, Scottsdale will focus on experiences and programs where physical distancing and safety protocols can be properly enacted and enforced. The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is open for daytime visitors and our Parks and Recreation Department still has some fall programs available. Get details

What to watch for in various age groups.

  • Adults 65+. We know the risk of being admitted to a hospital or intensive care unit due to COVID-19 increases with age. Unfortunately, 34 percent of COVID-19 cases with people older than 65 have required hospitalization. Fifteen percent have died. Seniors with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for severe illness. That makes it especially important that people in this age group follow physical-distancing guidelines, wear a mask in public and stay home when possible.

  • Adults 45-64. This age group is the second most likely to suffer severe symptoms from COVID-19. The risk is greater when they have chronic health conditions such as diabetes, obesity and heart or kidney disease. Adults in this category make up 27 percent of cases. Of those who get COVID-19, 14 percent end up in the hospital.

  • Adults 20-44. As COVID-19 cases increased over the summer, much of the spread happened in this age group. To date, more than 50 percent of all COVID-19 cases are for those 20-44. While many young adults are healthy and can recover from the virus at home with plenty of rest and fluids, they can spread the disease easily to those who are at greater risk. And while not common, there are still people in this age group who are at higher risk from factors like underlying health conditions. People in this age group should take steps to reduce their risk of infection, which helps reduce the chances of passing COVID-19 to others who are more at risk. Watch and learn.

  • Newborns-19. We know children can get the virus. In Maricopa County, those 19 and younger make up 12 percent of cases. The evidence shows they tend to get more mild illness than adults. While symptoms may be similar, children are less likely than adults to have a fever and more likely to have non-respiratory symptoms such as nausea and diarrhea. As with adults, children who are sick should stay home to avoid infecting others. Kids and COVID-19.

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.


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Scottsdale pilot program will provide temporary housing. The Human Services Department will offer a pilot emergency temporary transitional housing program. Participants will include adults with underlying health conditions, those 55 and older, those living with a disability and others in the homeless population. The pilot program’s goal is to transition unhoused individuals to permanent supportive housing managed by experienced nonprofit agencies that provide street outreach, navigation to social determinants of health, and intensive case management.

Public referrals for this program will not be accepted. Scottsdale’s social services team is working directly with partner agencies and individuals to connect those in need with this program and other resources. Find resources for the homeless.

City departments celebrate Scottsdale Army veteran’s 105th birthday. Athena Wright, a resident of the Pueblo Norte Senior Living Community, served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II and ultimately received two Bronze Stars for her service. Staff from Solid Waste, Water, Fire, Police, and the Office of Communication, and others participated in a physically-distanced parade Aug. 25.

News from Adaptive Services.

  • The Adaptive Services Special Olympics Team recently worked on aquatic swim skills, relay races and training that includes low-impact water aerobics to increase physical activity.

  • Residents with disabilities participated in more than 80 virtual activities during August, including STEM, life skills, dances, bingo, sign language, crafts, and strength and stretching classes.

  • A Girl Scout built a new barbecue and brick pizza oven for Adaptive Services. Eileen (requests to use first name only) built this amenity as part of her project to receive the Scout’s Gold Award. She raised project funds by collection donations and selling homemade pizza dough.

  • Adaptive Services and Human Services social workers collaborate on developing a support group. This partnership offers Adaptive Services individuals a safe place to share their feelings and talk about life stressors during this unprecedented time. “The Sharing Circle” meets virtually each week.

Contact Adaptive Services for more information about these and other programs.

The Loan Ranger steps into the spotlight. The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services recently featured Scottsdale Library’s book delivery bike during its first Book Bike Week. This one-of-a-kind, community-named tricycle was designed with Scottsdale's western heritage in mind. Residents will soon be able to request a Lone Ranger visit at community events to highlight the importance of libraries in our community.

City repairs neighborhood park tennis courts. We’re patching and repairing three& neighborhood park tennis facilities. Rio Montana, Northsight and Thunderbird parks will have their two tennis courts crack-filled and paint-matched. In addition, the Aztec Park tennis courts also will be getting an upgrade. The project includes overlaying the aged asphalt courts with post-tension concrete and an ADA ramp. All improvements should be complete mid-October. Learn about our tennis program.

Capital Project Management team used data to save $50,000. A Capital Project Management team used geographic information system (GIS) data to dispute a contractor’s claims related to a drainage project. Staff used two sets of data to make the evidence-based decision that the city's numbers were correct.

The contractor submitted survey data which displayed the actual limits of the work constructed by the contractor. A registered land surveyor displayed the data using computer aided drafting software. The city's design engineer provided the original project design data showing what the limits of the work should have been if the work was constructed per the contract.

The two sets of data were mapped over a Scottsdale GIS map of the project to visually show the difference between the two data sets.

Senior Services partners with Pets on Wheels to provide virtual love for FURloughed therapy dogs. Local therapy dogs that typically visit senior living and rehab facilities have been FURloughed due to COVID-19. So, we’re looking to go virtual! Contact Operations Supervisor Tracey Durso a if you would like to have a video chat with one of these therapy dogs.

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


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