Scottsdale Update - Nov. 24, 2020

Enjoy your Thanksgiving. We’ll be back Tuesday, Dec. 1.



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: 192,377; up 3,122 from yesterday 

  • Total number of deaths: 3,921; up 37 from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 15,365; 8 percent of total cases    

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,570; 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.

Steps to take if you're exposed to COVID-19 during a holiday gathering. If you are exposed to COVID-19 at a holiday gathering, while traveling or at any other time, quarantine yourself to protect others by doing the following:

  • Stay away from others, especially people who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

  • Watch for fever (100.4°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath or these other symptoms.

  • Consider getting tested for COVID-19. Even if you test negative or feel healthy, you should still quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. This is because symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, and some infected people never have symptoms, but are still contagious. Free testing is available.

  • Do not travel until 14 days after your last possible exposure.

If you can’t completely stay away from others during the 14 days: 

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about two arm lengths) away from other people.

  • Wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose when you are around other people or animals, including pets (even at home).

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

  • Monitor yourself and household members for symptoms of COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of the event or celebration, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, or if you test positive for COVID-19, immediately notify the host and others who attended. They may need to inform other attendees about their possible exposure to the virus. Contact your healthcare provider and follow the CDC-recommended steps for what to do if you become sick, and follow the public health recommendations for community-related exposure.  

COVID-19 vaccine update. Positive news continues from developers of COVID-19 vaccines. It is possible the Food and Drug Administration will approve a vaccine for emergency use this year. Maricopa County Public Health is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services, as well as local hospital systems, medical associations and others on a plan to distribute a potential vaccine. Read the draft plan here.

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’s bi-annual community survey will be reaching households soon. Some Scottsdale residents have been randomly selected to participate in a survey to measure their views on the community, city programs and services. The city will use feedback provided through the survey to prioritize initiatives, services and programs.


The National Community Survey allows residents to rate their overall quality of life and provide specific feedback about municipal services, public safety, customer service and their level of participation in community events and activities. 


Initial notification to the 1,700 randomly selected households is being sent this week, followed by the survey itself next week.

The survey is designed specifically for use by local governments. Because similar surveys are conducted in hundreds of jurisdictions, Scottsdale can compare its results with other cities across the country. This survey also allows Scottdale to compare its current quality of service with years past because most questions remain constant year to year.

Don’t despair if you missed Scottsdale’s Virtual Town Hall. Listen to five dynamic panel members share how our culture is composed of many overlapping stories. This conversation provides an opportunity to listen and consider the many ways community stories might reveal something unexpected and enlightening. View the video on YouTube.

Reminder: Leave no trace in the preserve. With the holiday season upon us and more people throughout Scottsdale, we remind visitors to leave no trace in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Protect it as a natural space for people and wildlife to enjoy. The obvious items not to leave include dog waste, litter and graffiti. Please don’t leave holiday decorations either. While festive and fun, these items can be hazardous to wildlife and go against our leave no trace policy. Enjoy the desert's natural decorations such as the occasional quartz rock, a late blooming cactus or a special glimpse of a happy cardinal.

Scottsdale’s signature holiday celebration kicks off Friday. 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.

Get your caboose to 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 from 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.

Winter class registration starts Monday. Residents can register for Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Winter 2021 activities starting Monday, Nov. 30. This includes swim and tennis lessons, yogatot and youth classes and more! Browse the digital PDF edition or search our online catalog. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, for nonresidents.

Summer swim pass splash sale begins Monday. Buy a Summer Swim Pass for a reduced rate from Nov. 30-Dec. 21. You’ll get unlimited visits for public and lap swim from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Get cost here soon.

Scottsdale seeks input on 70th Street biking. Scottsdale Transportation is conducting a Neighborhood Bikeway Study for the 70th Street Corridor between Continental Drive/Roosevelt Road to the south and Main Street to the north. This 2.5-mile corridor will connect Tempe to Old Town Scottsdale, link the corridor to nearby biking routes and serve neighborhoods along 70th Street. Get details and participate here by Monday, Nov. 30.

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


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