Scottsdale Update - Oct. 23, 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: 151,818; up 590 from yesterday  

  • Total number of deaths: 3,533; up 6 from yesterday  

  • Hospital admissions: 13,063; 9 percent of total cases  

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,434; 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.

Community spread trends upward. Maricopa County Public Health is seeing indications of increased community spread of COVID-19. Based on the Arizona Department of Health Services most recent week of full data, the week ending Oct. 4, indicates our highest number of cases per 100,000 people since Aug. 2. However, COVID-19 spread in Maricopa County is still moderate according to three statewide benchmarks.

  • Cases per 100,000: 70

  • Percentage of positive tests: 4.6 percent

  • Hospital visits for COVID-like illness: 2.8 percent

How to properly remove a mask. Masks are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, it’s important to wear and care for them properly. That includes washing your mask after every use and taking care not to touch any germs from your mask. Here are the proper ways to take off a mask:
  • Unhook the mask by the mask strings

  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties

  • Fold outside corners together

  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth

  • Wash your hands immediately after removing (or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol)

County offers isolation housing. Do you need a place to stay isolated from others in your household because of a COVID-19 diagnosis? Tell the Maricopa County Public Health investigator who contacts you about your positive test and he/she can connect you with resources including:

  • Free isolation housing, up to 10 days from start of symptoms

  • Transportation to and from the location and medical appointments

  • Prepared meals

You must be able to care for yourself to qualify because there is no onsite medical assistance. Learn more.

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. Early voting is underway in Maricopa County, and as the Nov. 3 General Election draws near, a number of voting centers in Scottsdale will open in phases between now and 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.

City completes Chaparral Pool chemical conversion. Chaparral Pool was the final aquatic center to remove chlorine gas. This brings the city's aquatics operations into compliance with federal Homeland Security guidelines by replacing the existing chemical treatment systems in all city pools with an onsite chlorine generation system. The project will reduce/eliminate the need for bulk chemical storage and handling, reducing the threat to public safety. The project was part of a multi-year Capital Improvement Project.

Scholarships available to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Each year, the Mayor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities receives financial support from the Gila River Indian Community to award local scholarships. These scholarships support college or college-bound students who have demonstrated personal educational resiliency and motivation in living with a disability to reach their goals. Students are eligible if they meet the following criteria:

  • Any student with a disability who resides in Scottsdale or attends a Scottsdale school.

  • The student must enroll to attend an accredited college or university.

  • The student must carry a class load of at least six credit hours.

Download the application (PDF).

Participate in a pumpkin painting party. Join us as Halloween draws near for this outdoor, physically-distanced event. Masks required! It runs from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda. We will supply pumpkins, paint, brushes and other materials. Cost is $5 for residents. Space is limited, so register today!

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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