Scottsdale Update - Nov. 13, 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: 170,634; up 1,325 from yesterday

  • Total number of deaths: 3,754; up 20 from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 14,008; 8 percent of total cases

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,513; 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.

Who’s getting the virus? Approximately two-thirds of all COVID-19 cases are in people younger than 44, including a growing percentage of children and young adults, according to Maricopa County Public Health.

  • 49 percent of cases are within the 20-44 age group.

  • Children and young adults, age 0-19, now make up 14 percent of known cases in Maricopa County. While people in this age group are less likely to have severe illness due to COVID-19, some do get very sick. 

Those who don’t have severe illness are still at risk of spreading the virus to more vulnerable populations. This is why we continue to urge everyone to mask up, keep their distance from others and stay home when they’re sick.

Who’s being hospitalized? Over the past several weeks, we have seen more people in the hospital due to COVID-19. However, the hospitalization rate (total hospital admissions due to COVID-19 since January divided by total COVID-19 cases since January) has remained relatively flat. The risk of serious illness increases by age:

  • 30 percent of cases age 65 and older are hospitalized

  • 11 percent of cases age 45-64 are hospitalized

  • 4 percent of cases age 20-44 are hospitalized

  • 2 percent of cases age 0-19 are hospitalized

Testing positive and job protection. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, it is important to know that worker protections are in place to ensure you can isolate. This is for your own well-being and the safety of others. Federal law requires up to two weeks paid leave for those who work for employers with fewer than 500 employees (though some employers with 50 or fewer employees may be exempt). has a list of resources available to those in need, including financial assistance, health care and mental health.

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.

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.

City safety manager receives stamp of excellence with ADA Coordinator certification. Scottsdale employee Kevin Cullens has earned his Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator certification issued by the University of Missouri’s College of Human and Environmental Sciences, in the School of Architectural Studies. The certification validates Cullens has the knowledge-base essential to perform the role of an ADA coordinator. The city’s ADA coordinator ensures that Scottsdale will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities.

Fire department reminds you to prep your fireplace before using. Now that there’s a chill in the air, people are lighting their fireplaces. Be aware that fireplaces and chimneys account for 42 percent of all home heating fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Keep your holidays and winter season from getting smoked out by following these simple steps before lighting the logs:

  • Clean out the chimney at least once a year.

  • Check the structure for cracks, loose bricks or missing mortar.

  • Cap the chimney with wire-mesh covers to keep out animals, weather and debris.

  • Select dense, seasoned wood to burn. Green wood can build up creosote that can cause chimney fires.

  • Keep fires small so they don’t burn too hot and crack the chimney.

  • Use kindling rather than flammable liquids to start the fire.

  • Use a spark guard to keep errant embers from shooting out of the firebox.

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


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