Scottsdale Update - Oct. 20, 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: 150,619; up 560 from yesterday  

  • Total number of deaths: 3,516; up 6 from yesterday  

  • Hospital admissions: 12,948; 9 percent of total cases  

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,431; 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.

Maricopa County offers free COVID-19 testing events. Maricopa County is working with trusted partners to provide testing in communities around the Valley. The goal is to enhance the testing capacity already put in place by the state of Arizona and some cities. These free events are available through Nov. 14.

Considering hosting or attending a fall event? Don’t forget the basics. Maricopa County Public Health recommendations:

  • When possible, avoid being in any setting with more than 10 people

  • Always keep at least six feet of distance from others when out in public

  • When possible, limit contact with those outside of your household, especially if you are in a high-risk group

  • Always stay home when you are sick

  • Always stay home as much as possible when a household member has tested positive for COVID-19

  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if unable to wash hands

  • Always wear a mask or cloth face covering when going out in public

Anyone can get it, anyone can spread it. As COVID-19 cases rise in our community, it’s important to remember that this is a disease that anyone can get. Thirteen percent of cases locally are 19 or younger; 50 percent are people ages 20-44; 26 percent include people ages 45-64; and 10 percent are those older than 65.

We know the risk of serious illness is greater for adults older than 65 and those with chronic medical conditions. But anyone can spread the disease, people of all ages can experience serious illness, and a positive case on average spreads the virus to two to three others. Learn how to stop the spread.

How to select a mask/face covering. Most of us have been wearing face coverings for several months, but here’s how to make sure you are getting the most protection and value when you mask up. Choose masks that:

  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric using a cotton blend

  • Completely cover your nose and mouth

  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps

Do not use masks that:

  • Are made of a fabric that makes it hard to breathe

  • Have exhalation valves or vents, which allow virus particles to escape

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.


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. Watch this to find out how and where you can vote in Scottsdale.

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 runs through Friday. 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.

Celebrate National Make A Difference Day by participating in Adopt-A-Road cleanup. Safely grab a group of friends and volunteer to clean up Scottsdale. The Adopt-A-Road event will be Saturday, Oct. 24, which coincides with National Make A Difference Day. 

Participate in a pumpkin painting party. Join us as Halloween draws near for this outdoor, physically-distanced event. Masks required! It runs from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda. We will supply pumpkins, paint, brushes and other materials. Cost is $5 for residents. Space is limited, so register today!

It's the perfect time for planting. Give your plants time to develop strong and healthy root systems by planting now. "Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert" will help you choose Arizona-friendly plants. View online or visit and search "water publications."

Get cool in the pool. With temperatures still in the high 90s it’s a perfect opportunity to get in a lap swim or sign up for swimming lessons. Get hours and availability.

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


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