Scottsdale Update - Dec. 4, 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: 220,339; up 3,288 from yesterday 

  • Total number of deaths: 4,093; up 41 from yesterday 

  • Hospital admissions: 16,991; 8 percent of total cases     

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,632; 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.

Case rates, positivity percent climb. New data show a significant increase in COVID-19 community spread, based on three statewide benchmarks. The latest data is for the week of Nov. 15.

  • Case rates per 100,000: Maricopa County had 372 cases per 100,000 people. Anything over 100 cases per 100,000 is considered substantial spread. The rate one month prior was 116 cases per 100,000.

  • Percent positivity: The county has seen 11.5 percent of COVID-19 tests come back positive. Anything over 10 percent is considered substantial spread. The rate one month prior was 6.4 percent.

  • COVID-like illness as a percentage of hospital visits: 7.2 percent of hospital visits in the county were for COVID-like illness. The rate one month prior was 3.6 percent.

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.

Governor announces latest actions to fight COVID-19, increases hospital staffing. Governor Doug Ducey announced actions to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona, support our hospitals and frontline health care workers, and provide the state’s hard-hit restaurants with the resources needed to keep patrons and staff healthy. He also outlined measures to ensure Arizonans have access to the vaccine and hospitals can meet the staffing demands of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases. Read details.

Why it’s important to get a COVID-19 test. Making a choice not to get tested when you know you have been exposed can put others at risk and lead to increased spread. If you or a loved one have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, free community testing is available. Find times and locations.

Vaccines alone won’t end the pandemic. A safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 will be a major breakthrough in preventing COVID-19 infections but needs to be used in combination with other prevention measures until enough people have immunity (either from a vaccine or a past infection). Even after a vaccine is available, it will be necessary to continue with the core COVID-19 safety precautions for the foreseeable future as we learn more about how long the protection lasts and as more people become protected through vaccination over time.

COVID-19 vaccine update:

  • No vaccine is currently Food and Drug Administration-approved. Maricopa County Public Health is planning and preparing for an upcoming vaccine with state and local partners.

  • Supply will be limited initially. Federal guidance will help states prioritize who can get vaccinated first. It is anticipated initial distribution will go to high-risk priority populations such as healthcare workers and long-term care facilities. As more vaccines get approved and more vaccine doses are manufactured, the vaccine will be more widely available, including to the general public.

  • The FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will meet next week to discuss Pfizer’s EUA application for its COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna applied for emergency use authorization Nov. 30. A date has not been announced for its review.

Holiday gatherings and COVID-19 risks. Holiday parties are typically a fun way to celebrate the season and connect with friends, coworkers, and loved ones. However, during the pandemic, they carry the risk of spreading COVID-19. A significant percentage of the spread – about 40 percent – comes from people who don’t display symptoms. Holiday parties could potentially be “super spreader” events.

The safest way to celebrate is at home with the people you live with. If you are planning a holiday celebration, consider ways you can minimize risk such as gathering outdoors, limiting the number of people to allow for physical distancing, encouraging guests to bring their own food and drink and shortening the timeframe of the gathering. Get details.

Outdoors versus indoors. While people in other parts of the country are spending more time indoors because of the cold weather, we have options here in Maricopa County. Being outdoors isn’t just nice this time of year, it’s a safer place to be during the pandemic. So whether it’s exercising or connecting with people from outside your household, consider doing so outdoors. Even outdoors, wear a mask and keep six feet of distance from people you don’t live with.

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.


CORRECTION: Christmas Tree Recycling dates - Recycle your Christmas tree Jan. 8-19. Yellow collection bins will be available at three city parks: EldoradoScottsdale Ranch and Thompson Peak. We don't accept artificial trees, stands or ornaments. Single-family home residents can place Christmas trees in their green waste pile, separated from bulk trash, for collection on their scheduled brush/bulk service week.

Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts free Scottsdazzle Gold Palette ArtWalk. The association hosts its final Gold Palette ArtWalk of the year from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Scottsdale Arts District. Featuring holiday cheer to coincide with the city’s fifth annual Scottsdazzle extravaganza, the event invites art aficionados to enjoy seasonal entertainment as they peruse participating galleries. Galleries are offering additional safety measures, private appointments and more.

Scottsdale Airport and Airpark under construction. Scottsdale Airport is adding footing as one of the top business aviation facilities in the nation with a groundswell of construction projects boasting direct construction costs of more than $92 million. Construction has a significant impact on the economy. It creates jobs and income for the city, region and state.

City projects account for $37 million of the total. Since 2017, there have been notable aviation-related construction projects at Scottsdale Airport and within the surrounding Airpark. Eight construction projects are either completed, in process or proposed for 2021. These projects center around redevelopment of aged properties or development of vacant parcels to introduce more hangar space and modernize office space projects.

Scottsdale Police raise $4,340 toward breast cancer research. In recognition of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Scottsdale Police, in conjunction with the Scottsdale Fraternal Order of Police #35, participated in the second annual Pink Patch Project. Its goals are to encourage public awareness about the importance of early breast cancer detection and to raise funds for the ongoing fight against the disease. Police sold pink patches for $10 each, with all proceeds going to Don’t Be A Chump! Check For A Lump.

Attend these ongoing events:

  • 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!

  • 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.

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


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