Scottsdale Update - Sept. 1, 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: 133,477; up 86 from yesterday

  • Total number of deaths: 2,960; up 1 from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 14,133; 11 percent of total cases

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,250; 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.

Club SAR fitness center reopens. Now that COVID-19 spread is considered “moderate,” certain businesses, including gyms, can reopen with limited capacity and other restrictions. This city-run facility is available by reservation with only 31 patrons allowed per hour. Staff will check temperatures and masks must be worn at all times. Get specific information and hours.

How the county counts COVID-19 deaths. Maricopa County is reporting 2,960 deaths associated with COVID-19, which amounts to deaths in about 2 percent of all known cases. This is its best estimate, based on a review of death certificate information and laboratory test results.

To capture most of the deaths associated with COVID-19, those who die within 60 days of a positive PCR test for COVID-19 are initially considered a COVID-associated death. Then, epidemiologists regularly review and exclude those deaths due to injury or poisoning (which include car accidents, gunshots and overdoses) where it’s clear COVID-19 is not the primary cause. The county continues to revise death counts as this process is repeated over the course of the pandemic. It’s important to note it will not have a final count of deaths caused by and associated with COVID-19 until after the pandemic.

Fact or fiction? There is a lot of misinformation being spread about COVID-19, including articles you may see linked on social media or in your email. If you’re not sure whether something you read is true, check it against information being provided by reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Arizona Department of Health Services or Maricopa County Public Health.

What if a business isn’t following the rules? There are different rules for each type of business. If you see a business is not complying with state guidelines, you can submit a complaint online to the Arizona Department of Health Services or call the COVID-19 Compliance Hotline at 1-844-410-2157. Most complaints will be handled as an opportunity to educate the business, rather than to issue a citation, but repeated violations could result in penalties.

The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.

These questions and answers help clarify face covering requirements in Scottsdale.

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.


September is National Preparedness Month. Create a plan that outlines each family member's responsibilities in case of an emergency. Make a "Go Kit," which can include food and water, medication, money, contact information and locations to meet.

Maricopa County's preparedness survey is now open. Each year the Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management conducts a Community Preparedness Survey to gauge the preparedness of county residents and to determine the effectiveness of its public messaging. The survey contains 13 questions and should take no longer than five minutes to complete.

Results will be used to determine how the county and its partners can increase residents’ emergency preparedness measures, increase residents’ knowledge of local hazards and improve emergency messaging.

The survey, available in English and Spanish, is open through Sept. 30.

Most city offices closed for Labor Day, Sept. 7. Although most city offices will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, we will still collect trash as scheduled. Place containers where your trash is typically picked up by 5 a.m. that morning or the night before.

Time is running out to participate in the 2020 Census. Take 10 minutes to impact the next 10 years. It’s your civic duty – and it’s how Scottsdale receives its fair share of federal funding for infrastructure, emergency response and community services.Make your voice count, complete your census today.

Brush and bulk guidelines offer variety of benefits. Separating your brush (yard waste, branches and clippings) from your bulk items (furniture, mattresses, etc.) betters the environment, extends the life of landfills and helps control service costs.

Planning case dashboard provides project updates. This online map tool allows you to see active planning and development projects throughout the city and in your neighborhoods. Cases are easily identified on the map and users can conveniently access the case information sheet related to a specific project.

Support Scottsdale by shopping local. Focusing on community education and awareness, the Shop Scottsdale campaign underscores the importance of shopping and supporting local businesses, especially during these uncertain times. Locals who keep their spending here have the power to help reinvigorate Scottsdale’s economy. Social media assets for businesses to help amplify the campaign can be found on the Shop Scottsdale webpage, along with three community influencer videos that will soon run in rotation with select small business videos, through paid digital and social media efforts.

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

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