Scottsdale Update - Oct. 27, 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: 155,430; up 528 from yesterday

  • Total number of deaths: 3,539; up 18 from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 13,219; 9 percent of total cases

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,446; 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.

Scottsdale follows county, CDC guidelines for Halloween. Maricopa County Public Health has not made any specific recommendations regarding Halloween. While it continues to monitor and review the information, at this time, Public Health advises that those planning to celebrate Halloween simply adhere to these recommended guidelines for daily activities:

  • 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 except to get essential medical care, prescriptions, and food

  • 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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released tips on how to safely celebrate Halloween, Dia de los Muertos and Thanksgiving, as well as faith-based holidays. CDC considers trick-or-treating a high-risk activity this year and suggests a lower risk alternative of preparing individually wrapped goodie bags and lining them up, a safe distance from the home, for families to grab and go. Learn more.

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.


Voting information and deadlines. Today is the suggested last day to mail back your ballots. The county must receive your voted ballot by Tuesday, Nov. 3, regardless of the postmarked date.

Several 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.

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. and 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.

Scottsdale seeking its next city clerk. This charter officer position supports accessible and responsive government by preparing City Council agendas and minutes, assuring accessibility of public records, conducting fair and open municipal elections and ensuring legal compliance of all official postings and public notices. Carolyn Jagger, Scottsdale's city clerk since 2003, will retire at the end of this year. Review the listing and learn more here.

Experience Canal Convergence in a new, safe, different 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 featuring 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.

Mark your calendars for McCormick-Stillman railroad park’s Holiday Lights event. 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. Tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. Learn more.

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

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