Scottsdale Update - Oct. 16, 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: 147,964; up 633 from yesterday  

  • Total number of deaths: 3,487; up 13 from yesterday  

  • Hospital admissions: 12,779; 9 percent of total cases  

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,419; 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.

COVID-19 cases trending upward. All three statewide benchmarks for measuring the spread of the virus in our community are trending upward.

  • Cases per 100,000: 52

  • Percentage of positive tests: 3.9 percent

  • Hospital visits for COVID-like illness: 2.4 percent

Maricopa County Public Health is keeping a close eye on this data and encourages residents to be vigilant about preventive measures during this time of increased social interaction:

  • Wash your hands

  • Stay home when you’re sick and whenever possible

  • Wear masks and keep distance in public

Did you get a COVID-19 test? Why or why not? According to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services, 76,817 diagnostic tests were performed in Arizona during the week of Oct. 4, up from 66,642 the prior week and 55,378 more from a month ago. Maricopa County is trying to better understand the public’s motivation for choosing whether to get tested for COVID-19 and would appreciate your response to this brief survey. It’s available in both English and Spanish.

COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. Public health defines an outbreak as two or more students or staff at the same school, who could have been in close contact only at school, having confirmed cases of COVID-19 within 14 days of one another. An outbreak is considered closed after 28 days with no new cases in that school. So far, there have been 21 COVID-19 outbreaks at K-12 schools in Maricopa County. Out of 77 cases related to the outbreaks, 51 students and 26 staff. Parents and guardians can learn more about outbreaks and what actions they can expect from the county and their school district by visiting the county’s FAQ page.

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.


Today’s the last day to submit your information for Veterans Day recognition. No matter when you served or where you served, we honor your service, your sacrifice and your dedication to the United States of America. The people of Scottsdale have a great admiration and the utmost gratitude for the men and women who selflessly served – and serve – this country. Share your story with us.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park expands hours. Train and carousel rides are available from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Hartley's General Store also is open every day selling food, drinks and ice-cream. The Scottsdale Railroad Museum and the Model Railroad Building remains closed until further notice. Remember, a healthy Scottsdale starts with you. Please maintain distance from other groups and wash your hands often. We have hand sanitizing stations throughout the park, and we'll continue to operate the train and carousel at lower capacity.& Get more information at or follow us on Facebook and Instagram

Sand volleyball courts reopen at Horizon Park. Over the past few weeks, Scottsdale has gone to great lengths to create a more enjoyable playing experience for local and volleyball players visiting& Horizon Park. Renovations include sand upgrades, a dust control system, net posts and adjustable court lines. The courts are available for reservations or open for drop-in when reservations or other programmed activities are not scheduled. Call the Facility Booking Office at 480-312-7707 to reserve your court today.

Where to vote in Scottsdale. Early voting is underway in Maricopa County, and as the Nov. 3 General Election draws near, a number of voting centers in Scottsdale will open in phases between now and Election Day.

The first is Scottsdale Plaza Shopping Center,* 8029 E. Roosevelt St., which is open weekdays and some weekends – check days and hours of operation here. During open hours, you can vote onsite or drop off your voted early ballot at this location.

*Note: this is a small neighborhood strip mall on the southeast corner of Hayden Road and Roosevelt Street -- it is not near, nor affiliated with, Scottsdale Plaza Resort.

The next voting center in Scottsdale does not open until Thursday, Oct. 22. Find a complete list of locations in or near Scottsdale at Scottsdale.Vote, or search the full Maricopa County list at Maricopa.Vote.

Voted early ballots can be dropped off between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. You cannot vote in person at Scottsdale City Hall – it is a drop-off location only.

There are no assigned voting locations. Choose any in the county that works with your schedule. Additionally, vote centers are open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Election Day.

The 19th Annual Arizona Cities & Towns Week is Oct. 18-24. Arizona Cities & Towns Week is set aside each year to recognize the services cities and towns provide, as well as honor elected officials, staff and volunteers who serve in municipal government. Visit our Facebook and Twitter feeds to hear our stories.

Scottsdale Police Department’s Pink Patch Project benefiting breast cancer returns. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Scottsdale Police Department, in conjunction with Scottsdale Fraternal Order of Police #35, is participating in its second annual Pink Patch Project. The project encourages public awareness about the importance of early breast cancer detection and raises funds for the ongoing fight against the disease. People can purchase patches for $10 with all proceeds going to Don’t Be A Chump! Check For A Lump! Scottsdale Police Department raised more than $5,000 last year. Purchase a pink patch by emailing Officer Michael Clore.

The Vista del Camino Food Bank needs these donations:

  • Deodorant - men and women

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Women's hygiene products (pads, tampons)

  • Toothpaste

  • Toothbrushes

  • Toilet paper

  • Paper towels

  • Pet food (dog and cat)

  • Laundry detergent

  • Box items (hamburger helper, pasta, etc.)

  • Gourmet items (chips, crackers, cookies, condiments)

  • Soup

The food bank will be collecting items on an ongoing basis. Drop off items at Vista del Camino, 7700 E. Roosevelt St.

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


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