Scottsdale Update - Oct. 30, 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: 156,733; up 748 from yesterday

  • Total number of deaths: 3,566; up 6 from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 13,266; 8 percent of total cases

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,455; 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.

State issues new guidance for schools. Arizona Department of Health Services recently released new guidance for when a school should consider pulling back on in-person instruction and moving to a virtual learning environment based on increases in community spread data. Maricopa County Public Health has aligned with this guidance and encourages school decision makers and parents to review these recommendations by visiting

Three benchmarks that show increased community spread. Arizona Department of Health Services has identified three benchmarks to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in the state. They are:

  • Case rates for the week of Oct. 11:

    • This is the number of people infected with COVID-19 per 100,000 people in a select area. Case rates can accurately reflect what is happening in our community by accounting for population size. More than 100 cases per 100,000 is considered substantial transmission.

    • For the most recent week of full data, Maricopa County, as a whole, had 84 cases per 100,000, up from 45 cases per 100,000 a month earlier. This is considered moderate spread.

  • Percent positivity:

    • This is the percentage of diagnostic tests confirmed positive out of all tests performed in a select area. A higher percentage test positivity can indicate that there is more disease spreading within the community, or it can mean that there is not enough available testing in the area.

    • For the most recent week of full data, Maricopa County, as a whole, has seen 5.5 percent of COVID-19 tests come back positive, up from 4.2 percent a month earlier. Between 5 and 10 percent is considered moderate spread.

  • COVID-like illness as a percentage of hospital visits:

    • This information comes from a surveillance system that monitors the percent of people who visit emergency rooms and hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms. It identifies hospital visits where the patient has either fever or chills and also has a cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Visits with COVID-19 as a working or final diagnosis code are included, but visits with an influenza diagnosis code are excluded. This is the first signal of a decrease or increase in community spread of COVID-19.

    • For the most recent week of full data, 3 percent of hospital visits in Maricopa County are for COVID-like illness, up from up from 2 percent a month earlier. Below 5 percent is considered minimal spread.

Could my child bring home COVID-19 from school and not know it? Based on available evidence, most children are at lower risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than adults. However, even if they are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, children can still transmit the virus to people who are at higher risk for more severe symptoms that may require hospitalization. That’s why it’s important to teach kids, even preschool-age, how to properly fight germs with basics like hand-washing and covering coughs and sneezes.

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. Several voting centers in Scottsdale are open in Scottsdale between now and Tuesday, Nov. 3, 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.

What is Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)? In this 2017 Scottsdale Video Network program, local sculptor, maskmaker and performance artist Zarco Guerrero describes the significance of this holiday in Mexico, throughout Latin America and increasingly in the United States.

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 week at

As a reminder, 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.

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.

We need your donations for senior center Thanksgiving donation program. Donations for $35 food gift cards are needed to help seniors purchase Thanksgiving food items. Credit card donations can be made online at Please note “Adopt-a-Senior” in the message area. Checks can be made out to Scottsdale Community Partners with “Adopt-a-Senior” in the memo section. You can also drop off or mail donations to the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E Via Linda Scottsdale, AZ 85258. Contact Anya Wright at 480-312-5811 for more information.

Arizona Musicfest presents a beautiful tribute to our city. "Scottsdale Serenade" is a celebration of Arizona Musicfest's 30th anniversary season featuring Leo Kubota, a talented 17-year-old cellist. Learn more about Arizona Musicfest. The non-profit organization receives funding from the city of Scottsdale through grants administered by Scottsdale Arts.

Scottsdale seeking its next city treasurer. The city treasurer is Scottsdale's chief financial officer, responsible for providing timely financial reports and analysis and managing Scottsdale’s budget, finance, accounting, and business services. It is a charter officer, reporting directly to the Mayor and City Council. Find full details and information in the candidate brochure here (PDF). Interested candidates should apply prior to Monday, Dec. 7, by sending a resume and cover letter to

Electronics recycling event draws a crowd. Solid Waste recently hosted an electronics recycling event – the first since the start of the pandemic. While wearing the proper personal protective equipment and staying physically distanced, the Solid Waste Department crew safely and successfully serviced 988 vehicles in just over seven hours. Employees transported nine box trucks to the recycling contractor’s warehouse; collected items included:

  • 402 laptops

  • 171 flat-panel monitors

  • 245 flat-panel televisions

  • 16 pallets of desktop personal computers

  • 14 pallets of printer/copiers

  • 31 pallets of miscellaneous electronics

The next Electronics Recycling Collection Day will be from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the city’s North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. The event is free for Scottsdale residents. Proof of residency is required.

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 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.

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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