Scottsdale Update - Dec. 1, 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: 205,522; up 512 from yesterday  

  • Total number of deaths: 3,980; up 4 from yesterday 

  • Hospital admissions: 16,016; 8 percent of total cases     

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,601; 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.

Remember, a healthy Scottsdale starts with you. Stay home when you can, practice physical distancing, cover your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently. Find downloadable graphics for social media and request a poster pack for your business or organization.

You can now view COVID-19 data by age group. Maricopa County Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard now allows you to see weekly confirmed and probable cases by age group. People 25-44 continue to make up the largest share of cases. Children and young adults are reporting more cases, as well.

Data for week of Nov. 8:

  • Age 19-24: 1,233 cases

  • Age 13-18: 822 cases

  • Age 6-12: 420 cases

  • Age 0-5: 211 cases

To see this data, click on the “Age Group” tab on the COVID-19 dashboard.

COVID-19 vaccine’s role in ending the pandemic. Wearing masks, physical distancing and other mitigation measures reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Vaccines are another important tool because they work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. The combination of people getting vaccinated, when available, and each of us following CDC’s recommendations to protect ourselves and others will slow the spread of COVID-19.

Medically-certified volunteers needed to administer vaccine, when available. Maricopa County Public Health’s Medical Reserve Corps is recruiting volunteers to assist with the administration of a future COVID-19 vaccine. If you are medically certified to provide routine vaccinations (RN, MD, EMT, Paramedic, etc.) with a current license in good standing and would like to assist with this community effort, please register to volunteer here:

If you have questions about volunteering or need more assistance, call 602-506-6767 or email

Answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccines. Some people have questions about the safety of a COVID-19 vaccine. Others don't think the vaccine is necessary. Learn how vaccines have been safely used to protect people from disease for generations

COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. Residents of long-term care facilities are at the highest risk for serious illness due to COVID-19 because they tend to be older and have chronic medical conditions. To date, there have been 4,848 cases at Valley nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospice facilities, with 27 percent (1,319) of those resulting in death. A total of 541 long-term care facilities in Maricopa County have had at least one resident or staff member test positive.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has released guidance for visitation at long-term care facilities and other congregate settings, depending on the level of community spread, which is substantial in Maricopa County.

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

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.


Palo Verde to conduct warning test Wednesday. Palo Verde Generating Station, in cooperation with local and state agencies, will test its outdoor warning sirens at noon and again at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. Palo Verde is a nuclear generating facility located about 45 miles due west of downtown Phoenix. The outdoor warning sirens are located within a 10-mile radius of the power plant.

In conjunction with the siren test and in the same 10-mile radius, Maricopa County will also test Wireless Emergency Alerts at 12:15 p.m.

The siren system is part of the “Alert and Notification System” required by federal regulations. Testing is required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

For more information, contact the Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management at 602-273-1411 or visit

Scottsdale’s signature holiday celebration continues through December. Scottsdazzle continues this month with various holiday celebrations. Newly imagined events allow residents and visitors to safely revel in the magic of the holidays. Get information on all the Scottsdazzle happenings. Get a glimpse of Scottsdazzle by watching this!

Get your caboose to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Holiday Lights. Experience the magic of the holiday season – safely – on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad as the park lights up Scottsdale with a winter wonderland. Holiday Lights runs most nights from 6:30-9 p.m. through Jan. 3, 2021. There are several big changes to this year’s event that will provide a safe and physically-distanced environment. Tickets for Holiday Lights are $15, with free admission for children two years old and younger. Watch this – you won’t want to miss it!

Department fires up toy drive. The Scottsdale Fire Department is seeking toy drive donations. Gifts go to agencies that support families in need. Drop unwrapped toys at any Scottsdale fire stationLearn more.

Get free business training and technical assistance. The city has partnered with Local First to provide free business training and technical assistance to Scottsdale businesses. Industry experts offer 14 webinars, eight online restaurant bootcamp sessions and personal technical assistance. Training sessions and technical assistance will run through May 2021. Get details and register.

Green Building Lecture Series is back with a new name to reflect new times … Green Building Education Series. Last April, Green Building staff decided to cancel the long-running Green Building Lectures Series in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, we’re discovering new ways to safely provide information -- virtually. Join us for a Zoom webinar on “Healthy and High-Performance Homes” from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. High performance buildings reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower utility bills, reduce maintenance costs and improve indoor air quality. Register here.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art offers virtual programs this week.

  • Virtual Documentary Video Art Festival, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3: Please join us for a free virtual showcase of experimental short films highlighting social, cultural and personal topics — produced by ASU Documentary Video Art students. RSVP here.

  • Virtual Trivia Night @SMoCA: Holiday Edition, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4: Comedian Kelvin West hosts an evening rich with holiday-themed movie, TV, and music references to test your pop culture IQ. Ring in the holiday spirit with a fun trivia night! Invite family and friends for some competitionBuy tickets.

Plug into Electronics Recycling Day Saturday. Scottsdale residents can recycle electronics from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the city's North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment.

The city is putting CARES Act funding to use: Brown Bag Program. The senior centers’ Brown Bag Program supplies protein, bread, fruits and vegetables to 240 eligible residents the first and third Thursday of each month. Each bag contains about 15 pounds of food valued at $25.50. The program has been in existence for 20 years.

The nonprofit Scottsdale Community Partners contributes significantly to this program, providing funding for the food purchases and delivery requirements.

This year, the CARES Act also is providing dollars to ensure the program continues seamlessly during COVID-19. The city received $29 million in CARES Act funding and has allocated the money to two funding priorities: Community Investment and City Operations. About $3 million is helping care for our most vulnerable citizens through services such as the Brown Bag Program, employment training and the Adopt-a-Family holiday donation program.

If you need help – or know of people who need help – contact the Granite Reef Senior Center at 480-312-1700.

This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.


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