Scottsdale Update - Nov. 17, 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: 177,070; up 787 from yesterday 

  • Total number of deaths: 3,795; removed 1 from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 14,381; 8 percent of total cases    

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,524; 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.

Sixteen percent of all Maricopa County COVID-19 cases occurred the past month. It has been nearly 10 months since the first reported COVID-19 case in Maricopa County. We are now in one of the most challenging phases to date. Of the county’s 177,070 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 16 percent have been reported in the past month (Oct. 16-Nov. 16). With the holidays approaching, it’s important all of us re-commit to what works – physical distancing, wearing masks, staying home when sick and limiting close contacts with those outside of our household.

Does having antibodies to COVID-19 mean you have an immunity or are protected from getting infected again? Antibodies likely provide some immunity. However, there's not enough information to know how long the immunity will last or whether a past infection protects you from getting another infection. As a result, Maricopa County ublic Health recommends that people get vaccinated for COVID-19 when the vaccine becomes available, even if they had a positive antibody test.

Maricopa County “serosurvey” estimates one in 10 residents have had COVID-19. Public Health randomly collected specimens from 260 participants from 169 households to test for antibodies for the virus that causes COVID-19. Results show an estimated 10.7 percent of residents have detectable antibodies for COVID-19. This means that approximately 470,000 people in our county likely have been infected with the virus since the pandemic began. (See article above for information about immunity).

Key findings:

  • For every case reported to Public Health, there were three to four cases that were not reported up to mid-September when the serosurvey was conducted.

  • The number of true infections is likely far higher than the number of people who are being tested for COVID-19.

  • Data support evidence that infections cluster within households.

Public Health Executive Director Marcy Flanagan said there are key takeaways:

  • Close contact drives the majority of infections.

  • The percentage with antibodies is far less than needed to reach herd immunity; emphasizing the need for mitigation as well as getting a vaccine when available. 

  • Follow healthy and safety protocols to protect people: Wear masks, wash hands frequently and avoid large groups.

Flanagan also urges anyone who experiences COVID-like symptoms to get tested and, if positive, to take necessary precautions to stop the spread. Find testing sites.

Be mindful of your mental health. Here are three ways to prioritize your mental and emotional health:

  • Take care of your body: Get enough sleep, exercise regularly and eat well.

  • Take care of your mind: Keep a routine, make time for things you love and limit screen time and media exposure.

  • Connect with others: Find ways to talk regularly with friends and family, even from a distance through phone calls, video chats or texts.

Get additional resources.  

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.


Scottsdale names an interim police chief. Scottsdale City Manager Jim Thompson has selected Jeff Walther to serve as interim police chief. Current Police Chief Alan Rodbell will retire Nov. 30, and Walther will guide the department while a national search and recruitment is conducted to select Rodbell's replacement. Walther retired from the Scottsdale Police Department as an assistant chief in 2018 after serving the department for 24 years. He will return from retirement to lead the department during the recruitment period, which is expected to take six to eight months. Walther will not seek the permanent position. Learn more.

Missed our virtual Veterans Day Commemoration? Watch now! While the city did not host an in-person event to commemorate Veterans Day, we honored and paid respect to those who served in the nation’s armed forces through a series of new original videos produced specially for Veterans Day. The four new videos are available on the city’s YouTube channel 24/7:

Scottsdale’s signature holiday celebration will return for a fifth year. Mark your calendars for Friday, Nov. 27, as Scottsdazzle kicks off its monthlong holiday celebration. Begin the season with Scottsdazzle Stroll – a community event at the Scottsdale Waterfront that welcomes guests to take a stroll along the canal, view magical holiday décor and listen to lively holiday tunes. This is just one of the 16 reimagined events that allow residents and visitors to safely revel in the magic of the holidays. Get information on all the Scottsdazzle happenings.

Chug into the holidays with McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Holiday Lights. 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 rom 6:30-9 p.m., Nov. 27-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.

Nominate a person or organization that embodies the Scottsdale spirit. Scottsdale’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission wants to showcase the people and organizations that embody the “Spirit of Scottsdale.” This award recognizes residents and organizations or businesses that help to strengthen and build Scottsdale’s community through their commitment to and involvement in neighborhoods. Fill out your nomination here by Dec. 31.

Veg out at the Old Town Farmers Market. Buy food and specialty items supplied by locals. There is a large variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, as well. COVID-19 protocols are in place. The market runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through May, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk — an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments. View a list of open galleries and safety measures.

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

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