Scottsdale Update - Nov. 3, 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: 160,264; up 578 from yesterday

  • Total number of deaths: 3,608; up 2 from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 13,430; 8 percent of total cases

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,463; 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.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine? Isolation occurs when someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 stays away from others, even in his/her own home. How long should I isolate? Quarantine occurs when someone who was a close contact of someone with COVID-19 stays away from others. This should be for 14 days from the last exposure; that’s how long it can take for someone to become infected after being exposed.

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.


Polls open until 7 p.m. today. Unlike previous years, there are no assigned polling locations. You can choose any vote center in the county that works with your schedule. Vote centers are open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 3, Election Day.  Find a list of vote centers open today. Keep in mind that some locations, such as Scottsdale City Hall, are ballot drop-off locations only. Maricopa County Elections manages the process throughout the county – be sure to check Maricopa.Vote for the latest information. Learn about the city’s election at Scottsdale.Vote. Get election results starting after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Scottsdale.Vote.

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. We will provide specific program information within the next couple days at

In addition:

  • 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.

  • Fees at national parks waived for veterans, Gold Star families starting Nov. 11. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 11, veterans and Gold Star families will be able to visit national parks and other public lands for free, under a new initiative from the Department of the Interior. Active-duty service members and their families are already granted free access to those sites under existing department rules. The new announcement broadens that benefit to more than 20 million more individuals in recognition of their service and sacrifice on behalf of the country. In a statement, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said the move gives all veterans “free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect.”

ADOT seeks community input on interchange design concepts for the Loop 101 Pima Freeway. The Arizona Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the city of Scottsdale and the Maricopa Association of Governments, is seeking the community’s input on four proposed new interchange concepts for the Loop 101 (Pima Freeway), from Princess Drive to Shea Boulevard, widening project.

The proposed concepts modify the interchange design at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard to a new diamond configuration and make minor modifications to improve turning movements at the Princess and Raintree drives, and Shea Boulevard interchanges and cross streets. The project’s final design is scheduled to begin next year, and construction is planned for late 2022 or early 2023.

View images of the proposed concepts and take a brief survey by Friday, Nov. 20. Learn more on the project website. You also can sign up to receive project updates.

Canal Convergence kicks off Friday in a new, safe way! Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canal Convergence will be presented differently than in years past with a focus on public health and safety. It will still feature large-scale art installations, but instead of showcasing them all along the Scottsdale Waterfront canal, they will be installed at multiple locations throughout Scottsdale to increase physical distancing viewing options. Canal Convergence will take place evenings Nov. 6-15.

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

The show must go on! The Scottsdale International Film Festival, an annual event that connects audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe, will be held Friday-Tuesday, Nov. 6-10. This year’s festival will be virtual, giving moviegoers the opportunity to travel the world and enjoy cinema from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Tickets available for McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Holiday Lights. Safely experience the magic of the holiday season on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad as we usher in in a winter wonderland of holiday lights and displays. Your trip to Holiday Lights may look different than it has in previous years, but we intend to create a safe and memorable experience for you and your family. Please understand and adhere to all public health protocols:

  • The event will feature limited capacity one-hour blocks at 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. nightly

  • Rides will be limited to a 50 percent capacity

Tickets are $15 with free admission for children two and younger. The fee includes train and carousel rides and access to the holiday photo pod garden. The event runs from Friday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Jan. 3. Opening night will include a tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Lane. Tickets must be purchased online. Due to limited capacity we recommend purchasing tickets as early as possible. Learn more.

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


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