Scottsdale Update - Sept. 18, 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: 138,628; up 759 from yesterday 

  • Total number of deaths: 3,207; up 8 from yesterday 

  • Hospital admissions: 14,268; 10 percent of total cases 

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,318; 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.

Here’s why you saw an overnight jump in case numbers. Maricopa County Public Health received an unexpected increase in reported case numbers late Wednesday. Upon further investigation, it determined this was due to additional electronic lab reporting dating back to July. The cases come from multiple zip codes and age groups, so there will be some changes to historic data over this time period.

Positive trends continue in Maricopa County. Maricopa County continues to see moderate spread of COVID-19 with declines in all three statewide benchmarks for the most recent week of complete data. Cases per 100,000 dropped from 52 during the week of Aug. 23 to 43 during the week of Aug. 30. The percentage of positive COVID-19 diagnostic tests dropped from 5.1 percent to 4 percent. The percentage of hospital visits for COVID-like illness also declined over that same period from 2.6 percent to 2 percent. View countywide data.

No changes for businesses. The new data does not change anything for businesses that have been identified as being at higher risk for spreading COVID-19. With moderate spread, gyms, movie theaters, water parks, and bars and nightclubs that serve food can continue to operate under the guidelines outlined by Arizona Department of Health Services.

Hospitalization numbers improving. As the number of COVID-19 cases has decreased, so has the easing of the pressure on our hospital systems. Find the data under “Hospital COVID-19 Specific Metrics.” The number of ICU beds in use has also decreased. We want these trends to continue, especially as we face the prospect of both influenza and COVID-19 cases this fall. Please do your part to ease the burden on hospitals and medical professionals by taking personal protective measures that are proven to decrease your chances of getting sick or spreading disease.

How will I know when it’s safe for my child to resume in-person learning? The two key factors to consider are the amount of spread in the community where the school is located and what safety measures the school is taking to protect the health of students, staff and teachers. Learn more.

Here are some other points to keep in mind:

  • Based on available evidence, most children are at lower risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than adults.

  • 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.

  • If your child or your household members have significant underlying health conditions, you should talk with your healthcare provider and discuss any concerns you may have.

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.


CENSUS: What is Arizona’s share of the federal funding used for? The $675 billion in annual funds allocated to states based on population is used for schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs. A complete Census count ensures that we can preserve the outstanding quality of life we enjoy in Arizona. If you haven’t yet, please respond to the 2020 Census here.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art opens Oct. 3. Staff have created new guidelines that allow visitors to safely enjoy the museum. Changes include new hours, reduced visitor capacity and guides for indoor physical distancing. Visitors need to reserve a timed ticket in advance, and face masks are required. Learn more about reopening guidelines so you know what to expect before you plan a visit.

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs through Oct. 15. National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the countless contributions of more than 60 million Hispanic Americans to our culture and society. Hispanic Americans are the largest minority group in the United States today, and generations of Hispanic Americans have consistently helped make our country strong and prosperous. The Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period, Sept. 15-Oct. 15. Honor this commemoration.

Maricopa County's preparedness survey is 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 Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Arizona Restaurant Week dishes up delicious delights through Sept. 27. Arizona Restaurant Week provides food lovers the chance to enjoy a three-course dinner menu. From sizzling Southwestern and soothing comfort foods to five-star dining and international fare – it’s all on the table. Dine in or take out. Learn what restaurants are participating and how they’ll be keeping you safe during the pandemic.

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

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