Scottsdale Update - Sept. 11, 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: 136,193; up 133 from yesterday   

  • Total number of deaths: 3,124; up 12 from yesterday   

  • Hospital admissions: 14,209; 10 percent of total cases   

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,299; 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 increase slightly, but percentage of positive tests declines. New data shows mostly encouraging signs about community spread in Maricopa County. Maricopa County Public Health will continue to monitor these trends and encourages everyone to be vigilant about wearing masks, keeping distance and staying home when sick. Businesses identified as being at a higher risk for spreading COVID-19 can continue to operate under the guidelines outlined by Arizona Department of Health Services. 

Scottsdale reimbursement program comes to a close. More than 240 local small businesses applied for funds for COVID-19 related expenses. The CARES Act provided reimbursement money. The city partnered with the Scottsdale Industrial Development Authority in administering this program. Learn about other business resources.  

CARES Act funding helps Vista del Camino outpace last year's rent assistance. Since July 1, the social service agency has provided more than $210,000 in emergency rent and mortgage assistance to qualified Scottsdale households. This is $10,000 more than what we provided last fiscal year. The agency hopes to provide more than $2.4 million in total rent and mortgage assistance by June 2021. Learn about assistance programs.  

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts scheduled to reopen. Art center visitors can expect new COVID-19 safety protocols ahead of the Jazz con Alma performance Saturday, Sept. 26. These plans will be consistent with city, county and state guidelines and ordinances. Additionally, the new policies and protocols follow recommendations from the federal government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona Department of Health Services and the Scottsdale Arts Health Advising Team. Learn more

Helping children and adolescents cope with the pandemic. Children and teens can be more susceptible to stress related to the pandemic. As school resumes, this reaction could be heightened. Parents can help by addressing their concerns calmly; providing honest, accurate information; acknowledging the strong emotions they are feeling; and maintaining routines to the extent possible. Learn more.  

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.


Never forget. Today marks the anniversary of 9/11. Due to COVID-19, the Scottsdale Fire Department was unable to gather in person for its annual ceremony to read names of the public safety members who died in the attacks of 9/11. Instead, the department has memorialized these heroes virtually. Watch the video. You can also view those who participated in the “National Day of Service” and pledged to make a difference in our community. View on the Scottsdale Fire Department’s Twitter feed. 

Step up and fill out your 2020 Census form. Only 62.2 percent of Arizona households have responded to the 2020 Census. Maricopa County’s rate is 66.2 percent and Scottsdale’s is 65.9 percent. We can and need to do better. Your response matters. The census can shape many different aspects of our community: health clinics, fire departments, schools, roads, highways, public safety! Respond here.

The “Valley Benchmark Cities Trend Report” is available. This annual report is a collaboration among 11 local cities and towns to share data and best practices by comparing 24 valleywide measures within seven service categories. This is the sixth annual report that the group has published. There are also two custom reports available, which highlight Scottsdale compared to aggregated regional data from the 11 jurisdictions and Scottsdale compared to each individual jurisdiction

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 roni, etc.) 

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

  • Soup  

 The food bank will be collecting items through Oct. 10. Drop off items at Vista del Camino, 7700 E. Roosevelt St.  

Mayor names part of road “Make-A-Wish Way.” Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane proclaimed a portion of 78th Street off Thomas Road with the honorary designation of “Make-A-Wish Way.” This is the location of the nonprofit’s founding chapter. Make-A-Wish granted its first wish 40 years ago when 7-year-old Scottsdale resident Chris Greicius became the first and only honorary Arizona Department of Public Safety officer. Since then, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 334,000 life-changing wishes. Chris’ mom Linda Pauling attended the sign unveiling with Make-A-Wish President and Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Reich. See photos on Facebook

Register for fall Neighborhood College classes. Scottsdale Neighborhood College will present six classes this fall on homeowner’s association law and the history of Scottsdale. Classes will be held virtually on Zoom. Get class details and registration information

What’s in your wallet? September is “Library Card Signup” month. Scottsdale Public Library cards are free for Maricopa County residents. Cards allow you to check out up to 30 library materials (including books, movies, music and eBooks) and give you access to online subscription databases. You can “hold” up to 12 items on your account and secure up to six renewals per item. You can sign up for a card online

Join Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation for a live virtual theatrical event starring Ed Asner. “Hunker Down,” this upbeat, heartwarming tale is about older adults coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The play is 30 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Managing Director Meribeth Reeves will direct the local production. 

The play will begin live on Zoom and other online formats at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. It is free to view, but donations are encouraged. Donations will be split among Scottsdale Arts, Jewish Family & Children’s Service and The Ed Asner Family Center. Visit for details.  

Scottsdale Public Art offers “driving tour.” Head to south Scottsdale to explore the third curated public artworks driving tour route. You'll experience a dynamic selection of steel and bronze sculptures with a variety of themes set along the backdrop of the city. Enjoy these unique public artworks, including the popular Ziggy’s Sister; Horseshoe Falls; One-Eyed Jack; Jack Knife; Diamond Bloom; The Bell, The Flower and The Wash; Homeplates; Windows to the West; and more.  

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


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