Scottsdale Update - Sept. 4, 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: 134,792; up 681 from yesterday

  • Total number of deaths: 3,030; up 35 from yesterday

  • Hospital admissions: 14,137; 10 percent of total cases

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,275; 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.

Maricopa County pursues COVID-19 antibody project. Maricopa County Public Health is conducting an investigation to estimate how many people in Maricopa County have been infected with COVID-19, beyond those who have had a positive diagnostic test. This “serosurvey,” done in partnership with Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic, will collect samples from volunteers in 29 communities across the county. Get details.

What are the long-term health impacts of COVID-19? Most people recover from the virus, but health professionals don’t fully understand how COVID-19 might impact people in the long-term. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report suggests that some people, including those with mild illness, experience COVID-19 symptoms for several weeks after their diagnosis. Thirty-five percent of those surveyed by the agency said they still weren't back to their usual good health two to three weeks after testing positive. Older adults and people with chronic health conditions tend to have longer-lasting symptoms. But even among those 18-34, 20 percent had not returned to normal health two to three weeks after testing positive.

Contact tracing is still in effect. If you test positive for COVID-19, Maricopa County Public Health will text or call you. Each person is contacted at least three times using a combination of the following: automated phone call, human phone call, two text messages or standard mail. The county then reaches out to close contacts to inform them of their exposure, provide instructions for next steps, and connect the contact to resources that can support them as they watch for symptoms and reduce risk of spread. 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.


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’s ticking away to participate in the 2020 Census. We have fewer than 30 days to shape the future of Scottsdale for the next 10 years. The 2020 Census impacts crucial federal funding that supports transportation, healthcare, education and more. Do your part and complete your census today.

Scottsdale City Court offers virtual civil traffic hearing court and other online services. Scottsdale City Court continues to expand its use of technology and increase accessibility to the City Court amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Using programs such as Microsoft Teams, Apple FaceTime, Skype and Zoom, Scottsdale City Court is offering the ability for people to participate in court hearings remotely. The City Court recently improved its remote appearance process to include civil traffic hearings. A defendant, and state and court representatives can appear online to hear and resolve these cases. Learn about other virtual services the court offers.

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

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