Scottsdale Update - Nov. 6, 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: 162,945; up 1,220 from yesterday

  • Total number of deaths: 3,660; up 9 from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 13,640; 8 percent of total cases

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,480; 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.

More areas in the red as COVID-19 cases increase. Multiple school districts and other areas on the map are in the “red” this week due to having one or more benchmarks in substantial spread for two consecutive weeks. Learn more about recommended next steps for schools. View school benchmark data.

School outbreaks and student safety. Currently, there have been 50 confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks in Maricopa County K-12 schools. About 75 percent are cases confirmed in students. Outbreaks are defined as having two or more laboratory-confirmed cases among students or staff who:

  • Had illness onset within a 14-day period

  • Could have reasonably been in contact with each other, such as the same classroom, event, activity, lunch period, etc.

  • Do not share a household

Parents can find information to help keep children safe.

COVID-19 and travel. Planning a trip for the holidays? Remember that travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19. Review these Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FAQs. In addition, consider isolating from others prior to your travel and getting a COVID-19 test before you leave and after you return.

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 preliminary General Election results. The Maricopa County Elections Office has provided the city’s preliminary unofficial general election results, which include results from all 175 Maricopa County voting centers and results from the early ballots that have been verified and counted to date.

See Scottsdale’s latest election results here. The new mayor and City Council members will begin their four-year terms Jan. 12, 2021.

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.

Scholarships available to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Each year, the Mayor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities receives financial support through grants from the Gila River Indian Community to award local scholarships. These scholarships support college or college-bound students who have demonstrated personal educational resiliency and motivation in living with a disability to reach their goals. Students are eligible if they meet the following criteria:

  • Any student with a disability who resides in Scottsdale or attends a Scottsdale school.

  • The student must enroll to attend an accredited college or university.

  • The student must carry a class load of at least six credit hours.

Download the application (PDF).

Assistant city manager recognized as ICMA Credentialed Manager. Brent Stockwell has been recognized as an International City/County Managment Association Credentialed Manager. Brent joins City Manager Jim Thompson as the second ICMA Credentialed Manager working for Scottsdale. To receive the credential, an ICMA member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; have earned a degree in an applicable field; and demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development. Stockwell has worked for Scottsdale since 2002 and has served as assistant city manager since 2015.

Scottsdale becomes an AMEX Neighborhood Champion. The city was recently selected as a 2020 American Express Neighborhood Champion. American Express, in support of Small Business Saturday, selected Scottsdale based on plans to bring our community together safely during the holiday season; get small businesses to participate while adhering to social distancing and safety guidelines; and encourage people to support local businesses. The Tourism & Events department will work to promote a shop small message throughout Scottsdazzle, as well as distribute American Express Shop Small swag – which is only supplied to Neighborhood Champions – to patrons and local businesses on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28.

Senior centers secure donors for upcoming Adopt–a–Senior Program. Thanks to our widespread community care and compassion residents, businesses and organizations have adopted 320 seniors for the December Adopt-a-Senior program. Seniors will receive their “wish list” of household items and goodies to shop for. We still need about 120 Thanksgiving gift cards for meals and warm items for the winter. Learn how you can help.

Human Services department helps 300 eligible Scottsdale households experiencing financial hardship. The city has approved more than $1 million in rent and mortgage assistance so far this fiscal year (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) - more than the last four fiscal years combined. We are on track to surpass $2 million in assistance by June. City, county and nonprofit funding made this possible. Get assistance.

Nearly 100 percent of Arizonans complete census. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau show more than 99.9 percent of Arizona households have been counted in the 2020 Census. Final numbers for Maricopa County are not yet available. What is at stake for the region? Congressional representation and $20 billion dollars in federal funding every year to Arizona for local programs in housing, education, transportation, healthcare, public safety and more. More than half of those who responded in Maricopa County did so via the internet — an option that did not exist ten years ago. Learn more.

Never empty pool water into the street. Reuse pool water by draining it into the sewer cleanout or onto your desert landscape or lawn. Just make sure your plants are salt-tolerant!

Living up to our mission - Simply better service for a world-class community: City maintenance worker Miguel Valenzuela saves the day for a young Scottsdale athlete. Sometimes it’s the little things! We recently received a note of thanks from a 13-year-old's dad whose son accidentally left his baseball equipment bag in the Copper Ridge School parking lot. It contained about $1,000 worth of gear the boy had received as birthday and holiday gifts over the course of many years. The bag didn’t contain contact information. However, through a coordinated effort between Valenzuela and parks staff, the boy was able to get his equipment back. His dad wrote, “A million thanks (and more) to you and your staff. My son and I are truly grateful beyond words.”

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


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