Scottsdale Update - Nov. 10, 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: 167,907; up 1,027 from yesterday

  • Total number of deaths: 3,705; 1 removed from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 13,814; 8 percent of total cases

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,496; 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.

Daily case counts reach new peak nationwide. Nationally, more than 100,000 cases have been reported daily in the last week, which is the first time during the pandemic this has happened. As you read above, in Maricopa County, more than 1,000 cases were reported per day, several days in the last week. This is the first time in months we’ve been at that level. Read below to find out how you can help stop the spread.

Collective power! We know the preventive measures that help us keep the spread of COVID-19 under control. In order for these to work, everyone needs to do their part. If some of us decide not to wear a mask, don't stay home when we’re sick or don’t maintain distance from people outside our household, those decisions provide an opening for the spread of the virus. On the other hand, if we all work together, here’s what we can do:

  • Reduce the number of people who get COVID-19 before an effective treatment or vaccine is available.

  • Protect those most likely to experience severe symptoms, such as older people and those with serious chronic conditions.

  • Preserve and protect our health care system so it can continue to care for all people in the community.

  • Minimize the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 over the long run.

What the county knows about deaths associated with COVID-19. When COVID-19 cases increase, Maricopa County Public Health gets a lot of questions about why the death count remains relatively low. Typically, hospitalization rates start to increase two to three weeks after cases start to rise, and the number of deaths reported due to COVID-19 begin to go up two to three weeks after that. While it’s encouraging that we’ve learned more about treating the symptoms of COVID-19, it can still cause serious illness in anyone, not just people at high risk. Please don’t underestimate it. Do your part by taking proven, preventive measures to protect your health and the health of those around you. Protect yourself and others.

Reduce risk in social settings. Family visits. Play dates. Get-togethers with friends or neighbors. We know life goes on even as COVID-19 cases climb. While limiting social interaction is the best way to reduce your risk of getting or spreading the virus, here are a few things you can do to make social outings and gatherings safer:

  • Spend less time together: If you’re running errands, get in and get out as quickly as possible. If you’re visiting those outside your household, make it a quick hello.

  • Be flexible. Change your plans if you feel uncomfortable about the risk. For example, a setting where people are close together and not wearing masks.

  • Be assertive. Regardless of outside pressure, follow your own plan to maintain the risk level that fits your situation. Err on the side of less risk to both yourself and others.

  • Don’t touch. Limit what you touch and clean your hands if you do touch surfaces or items that have been used by others. Try not to touch your face until you wash your hands. Avoid sharing items with others.

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.


Canal Convergence continues through Sunday. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canal Convergence is being presented differently than in years past with a focus on public health and safety. It features large-scale art installations, but instead of showcasing them all along the Scottsdale Waterfront canal, they are installed at multiple locations throughout Scottsdale to increase physical distancing viewing options. Canal Convergence takes place evenings through Sunday, Nov.15.

Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation are hosting a variety of online events using streaming platforms and an augmented reality app to showcase live music, workshops, artist talks and more.

City hosts virtual Veterans Day Commemoration. While the city will not host an in-person event to commemorate Veterans Day, Scottsdale will honor and pay respect to those who served in the nation’s armed forces through a series of new original videos produced specially for Veterans Day 2020. You can watch the city’s Veterans Day Commemoration virtually at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, on Scottsdale Video Network (Cox channels 11 and 1011 [HD] and Century Link channel 8001). The program will run periodically throughout the day. You also can view the program on the city’s YouTube channel. Get details here.

Most city offices are closed for Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. However, garbage and recycling collection will not be affected. Place your containers in their typical spot by 5 a.m. the morning of collection or the night before.

Register for Scottsdale’s Virtual Town Hall – What is Scottsdale’s Story? Join us for a lively online discussion from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, as five dynamic panel members share how our culture is composed of many overlapping stories. As part of the audience, you will be asked to view a video in advance and then share your thoughts during the conversation. Register today and join the conversation using this thought-starter TED Talk video, "The Danger of a Single Story" by novelist Chimamanda Adichie. Learn more.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents the Jazz Lounge Series, Nov. 12-29. The Valley has a celebrated local jazz scene, rich with award-winning musicians. Experience a variety of styles, influences, and cultures, including blues, jazz, and gospel, alongside tributes to renowned artists like Stevie Wonder and Doris Day. These extraordinary artists are performing Nov. 12-29, in the Virginia Piper Theater. You can watch live or virtually. Get details and purchase tickets.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art offers free admission. Enjoy free admission Thursdays and the second Saturday of the month at the museum. Experience impressive, new fall exhibitions that will inspire and pique your curiosity. Due to COVID-19, we are requiring you to reserve a time to visit.

Tune in Tuesday for an update on what’s happening at Scottsdale libraries. Tune in every Tuesday to see your favorite librarians from Civic and Mustang libraries to discover all the great things happening – from virtual programming to fun new services. Learn tips and tricks, and discover what is trending in the world of books and reading. View the library’s online calendar for details.

Enjoy the library's digital news stand! Get daily digital copies of national and international newspapers, including the Arizona Republic. You can also access thousands of digital magazines from around the world in dozens of languages. Learn how you can download the service or get the app.

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


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