Scottsdale Update - July 31, 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: 114,086; up 1,571 from yesterday

  • Total number of deaths: 1,928; up 87 from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 7,193; 6 percent of total cases

  • Intensive care admissions: 947; 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.

Stay at home as much as possible. We all have errands to run and things to check off our to-do list. During the pandemic, it’s worth considering whether all of them require you to leave your house. To help reduce your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19, consider these five questions before venturing out.

Maricopa County explains how to read epi curves. An epi curve is a visual display of the onset of illness among cases associated with an outbreak. Maricopa County Public Health's epi curves make a distinction between complete data and incomplete data. They show trends over time while also accounting for lag time in reporting such as delays in test results. Medical Director for Disease Control Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine explains.

Old Town businesses are displaying Healthy Scottsdale campaign posters. Encourage your favorite local business to be part of a Healthy Scottsdale by ordering one of our free poster packs. Each pack contains several color posters, flyers and a window cling. The images share the “Healthy Scottsdale Starts With You” message, along with easy to follow safety tips. Request a free poster pack.

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.


National Weather Service issues excessive heat warning through Saturday. Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn how to identify heat related illnesses and how to avoid them. Vista del Camino serves as a hydration station, as do other locations throughout Maricopa County.

High ozone pollution advisory continues through Sunday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through Sunday, Aug. 2. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between 2-6 p.m. if and when outdoors.

In-person voting is available. About 60 vote centers are open, including ones in malls and retail facilities across the county. Find out where you can vote.

Scottsdale’s Tuesday, Aug. 4, primary election is the first step toward selecting a mayor and three City Council members in November. Learn about the candidates and find more Scottsdale election information at Scottsdale.Vote.

Contact Maricopa County Elections for more information: Maricopa County Elections602-506-1511

Knock, knock. Joke’s on you – if you don’t hurry and fill out your census form! Avoid a personal visit from a Census worker by filling out your census form now. Census workers will be hitting the streets starting in August.

August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month. Arizona consistently ranks among the worst states for drowning. As of July 27, 31 people, including 11 children younger than 5, have drowned in our state. But drowning is preventable. Learn how.

Join the 9/11 Day commemoration project and pledge to do something good. Sept. 11 is National Day of Service,” and we challenge you to pledge to make a difference in our community. Help turn a day of tragedy into a day of unity and doing good. Participate by taking a photo with your pledge on a piece of paper and include the hashtags #IWILL #WECARE. Email them to or text them to Public Information Officer Lori Schmidt at 480-272-1710. We will share your stories on social media starting Monday, Sept. 7.

Scottsdale Public Art installs five new IN FLUX Cycle 9 artworks. As part of the Valleywide IN FLUX temporary art program, Scottsdale Public Art has installed five new artworks in the southern end of the city. As is customary with IN FLUX artworks, the pieces will only be on display for about a year – through March 2021 – and will not become part of the city’s permanent art collection. Learn about the piecesFind out more about the origins of INFLUX.

"Bag & Tie" your garbage and grass to beat the August heat. Reducing spillage during the summer heat minimizes odors and pest problems. It's more than a good idea, it's the law. Get more refuse tips.

Scottsdale Fire provided aid on the Tempe Town Lake train derailment. On Wednesday, nearly 100 firefighters from Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa and Phoenix responded to the large hazmat fire, which involved a partial collapse of the bridge over the lake. Engine 602 was still on the scene hours after the derailment pumping water for an aerial ladder truck to spray the smoldering fire.

Senior drive-thru Brown Bag program a success. The senior center’s weekly ‘Brown Bag’ program provides supplemental food to approximately 200 seniors assisting with proper nutrition. Due to COVID-19, the program needed to be reformatted. Staff created a safe and effective drive-thru process. The redesign of this process was a collaboration between a variety of staff including Parks Maintenance staff assisted with parking lot redesigns and Recreation staff helped distribute weekly bags. Learn more about this and other programs to assist seniors by calling 480-312-1700.

Flashback Friday – Watch a 1990s throwback starring former City Manager Dick Bowers. In this recently posted video from the Channel 11 archives, Dick spoke to local social justice advocate Frances Young on an episode Yesterdays.” Frances discusses how she was shaped by the prejudices of the culture in Texas where she grew up, background on social justice movements in Scottsdale and her involvement during the founding of the Vista Del Camino Community Center. Frances passed away in March 2009 at the age of 87.

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


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