Scottsdale Update - Dec. 8, 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: 228,363; up 147 from yesterday    

  • Total number of deaths: 4,150; no change from yesterday   

  • Hospital admissions: 17,382; 8 percent of total cases       

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,643; 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.

Mustang Library temporarily closes for in-person services. Due to challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scottsdale Public Library has made the difficult decision to temporarily close the Mustang Library for in-person services. Drive-thru service hours for Mustang, Appaloosa and Arabian libraries are: 

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

  • Friday and Saturday: 1-5 p.m. 

  • Sunday: Closed 

The Civic Center Library remains open to the public and will continue to follow strict safety protocols. Get more details

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.

Maricopa County prepares vaccine distribution plans. The county is taking a whole community approach as it prepares for the arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna have applied for emergency use authorization, but no vaccine has been granted either full or emergency use authorization. While there are still many unknown factors that could impact when and how much vaccine will become available, public health officials believe a vaccine could be approved and ready for distribution as early as mid-December.

Vaccine supply will be limited at first, so distribution will be prioritized according to CDC guidelines. The CDC has broadly defined the populations that are eligible in multiple tiers. The first dose of the vaccine will be distributed at five regional Points of Dispensing across the county in conjunction with Abrazo Health, Banner Health, Banner Del Web, Dignity Health and Honor Health over a distribution period of several weeks. The vaccine will require a second dose, which will be administered three to four weeks later.

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.


General Plan Citizen Review Committee meeting rescheduled to Dec. 14. The General Plan Citizen Review Committee will review the draft General Plan 2035 Monday, Dec. 14 (previously scheduled Dec. 7); public comments on the draft plan will be accepted through noon Friday, Dec. 11.

Per state statute, the city is required to update and ratify the General Plan every 10 years. Consisting predominantly of either the chair or vice chair from each of the city's boards and commissions that have related content within the General Plan, the Citizen Review Committee has reviewed the draft General Plan 2035.

On Dec. 14, the committee will consider public comments and make a recommendation of a final draft General Plan 2035.

This plan will then be reviewed by the community, city boards and commissions, the Scottsdale Planning Commission and Scottsdale City Council so as to adopt an updated General Plan that can then be sent to the November 2021 ballot for voter ratification consideration, per state law requirements.

Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts free Scottsdazzle Gold Palette ArtWalk Thursday. 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, this event invites art aficionados to enjoy seasonal entertainment as they peruse participating galleries. Galleries are offering additional safety measures, private appointments and more.

Temporary Hotel Shelter Program provides hope to Scottsdale’s homeless. More than 25 homeless people facing harsher than normal times during the COVID-19 pandemic are now safely housed thanks to a partnership among the city of Scottsdale’s Human Services Department, the Phoenix Rescue Mission and Community Bridges. The trio launched the program in September.

The city allocated $29 million in CARES Act funding to prioritize Community Investment and city operations. Of the $3 million dedicated to care for our most vulnerable citizens, about $395,000 is funding the temporary hotel shelter program, which includes the Phoenix Rescue Mission navigators, Community Bridges staff, meals and security. A portion of the Housing and Urban Development fund pays for the hotel rent.

Phoenix Rescue Mission meets with anyone who appears to be experiencing homelessness and assesses their situation. Community Bridges manages the 24/7 hotel shelter. Learn more.

Beware - December frost can damage plants. Average lowest temperatures of the year typically hit during December making it the coldest month of the year. Pruning should be delayed until new foliage begins to emerge in the spring when plants are damaged by frost. Frost-damaged foliage can offer some protection against recurring freezing temperatures.

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

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