ATTENTION:

Yavapai County cares about the health of the public as well as our employees. Due to the COVID-19 virus, we respectfully ask that you do not ask to meet your Supervisor in person. Instead, please contact Supervisor Thurman by phone or by email.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.

The Latest from District 2...

Food Boxes Available at 5 locations in District 2!

Dewey Humbolt has recently added their location for Food Box pick up in front of Town Hall! The enthusiastic volunteers  are all smiles under their masks.The other locations include Mayer Elementary, Mayer High School and Cordes Park from 8:30-9:30 or until the food is gone. The Beaver Creek Location starts at 10:00 but sometimes the refridgerated truck gets there a little early. If you can volunteer please show up at the location of your choice about 15 minutes prior to start time and bring your mask and work gloves. 

Supervisor Thurman encourages you to consider your neighbors that are homebound or elderly and pickup a box for them. It's a nice gesture and much appreciated!


Arizona Office of Tourism

LEAVE NO TRACE, ARIZONA OFFICE OF TOURISM  CREATE SUSTAINABLE TOURISM PARTNERSHIP 

June 16, 2020 (PHOENIX, AZ): The Arizona Office of Tourism and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics have forged a partnership to promote sustainable tourism practices across Arizona’s spectacular landscapes and unique destinations, which are enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors every year. The new agreement makes Arizona the second state in the U.S. to form a partnership with Leave No Trace.

People form lasting connections with nature when they understand how to protect it, according to Leave No Trace research. The partnership will build a program that ensures both visitors and residents are equipped with Leave No Trace environmental and sustainability information and skills to use when they enjoy Arizona’s iconic natural features. 

Full Press Release here/Portals/7/Az%20Office%20of%20Tourism.pdf

 


Black Canyon City Fire May 31st

District 2 recognizes the good people doing good work and we Thank You, Randy McLaughlin for helping firefighters

remove metal and other debris with your backhoe during the fire on May 31, 2020.

We are all reminded again how serious fires are and we all need to be vigilant and proactive. If we all do our part to keep

our properties free of debris we can make a difference and keep our firefighters and neighbors safe.

 


Food Distribution every Thursday!

Four locations in District 2 including the Verde Valley! 

Every Thursday through July 30th! Volunteers will be needed 30 -15 minutes prior to start time to help with the unloading of food from the refrigerated truck. Please email District2@yavapai.us if you would like to volunteer or if you have questions about this program.

Mayer Elementary School, 12568 E Main St. 8:30am-9:30am

Mayer High School, 17300 E Mule Deer Dr. 8:30am-9:30am

Cordes Park, 19620 E. Stagecoach Trail 8:30am-9:30am

Beaver Creek School, 4810 E Beaver Creek Rd. 9:30am-10:30am


U of A Cooperative Extension Workshop


Take Advantage of Free Slash Drop Off Now until End of May


Senior Kits distributed in Beaver Creek Rimrock Area

Thank you Community Health Services Melissa Garcia and Jami Rengel, for supplying Beaver Creek Rimrock area with kits (toiletry, paper products and non-perishables) for our seniors. Beaver Creek Transit’s Janet Aniol was able to meet Melissa and Jayme to do the distribution of the much needed items for our vulnerable seniors. Great Teamwork!


Board of Supervisors Extend Emergency Declaration


Fly Over in Honor of COVID-19 Caregivers, Patients, and Families

The Army National Guard performed a flyover at approximately 1:37 p.m. today, May 7, in Flagstaff. Sedona and Cottonwood flight path. This flyover was dedicated to honor caregivers and providers, as well as express solidarity for patients, families and those struggling with COVID-19 or grieving losses related to the illness.

Picture provided by Dave Williams from Yavapai County Commerce Building


Fire Season is here...


Arizona’s gradual reopening to return stronger:

  • Today, May 4, 2020: Retail businesses can resume partial operations, including curbside delivery (GUIDANCE)
  • Friday, May 8, 2020: Retail Businesses can resume partial in-person operations (GUIDANCE)
  • Friday, May 8, 2020: Cosmetologists and barber shops can resume appointment-based services (GUIDANCE)
  • Monday, May 11, 2020: Restaurants and coffee shops can resume dine-in services, with safety measures (GUIDANCE)

May the 4th be with you!


Blitz Testing Locations

Spectrum - 651 Mingus Avenue address in Cottonwood, and in Prescott at 990 Willow Creek Road from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Go to www.azhealth.gov/TestingBlitz to pre-register to be tested.  

YRMC in Prescott Valley on May 2nd 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at YRMC Del E. Webb Outpatient Center, 3262 N. Windsong Drive, Prescott Valley, Arizona. Testing will take place in the YRMC Del E. Webb Outpatient Center parking lot. Please use the main entrance from Windsong Drive.  No physician order is necessary. Please bring identification in the form of a driver’s license. People who present for testing should wear a mask if possible.  Call to pre-register 445-2700.


Yavapai County will


Governor announced stay-at-home order Extended until May 15th


Mayer area will have food boxes on Thursday April 30th

Food boxes will be available at the Mayer High School, Cordes Park and Mayer Elementary School from 8:30 to 9:30am on Thursday April 30th.

These boxes are meant for any household that needs a box whether they have children in school or not. 

The boxes are roughly the size of a carton of printing paper (1’ x 2’ and 1’ in height). Last week, they were filled with a whole, frozen chicken, 1-2 cartons of eggs, an assortment of canned goods, fresh fruit and vegetables.


Yavapai County is sad to announce we have another death to report.

From Yavapai Couonty Community Health Services: The Yavapai County senior citizen who had underlying health conditions passed away on Monday, April 27.  YCCHS Director, Leslie Horton shared “My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends who are mourning this loss, and I wish them strength and peace during this difficult time.This is another reminder to all of us to do what we can to protect our families, friends, and communities by following the recommendations that are created to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and future losses like this.  We all must do our part to protect those who are most vulnerable to this illness.”

From the Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health expertsThese steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.

  • All Vulnerable Individuals should continue to shelter in place. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate from vulnerable residents.
  • All individuals, when in public, (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas), should maximize physical distance from others. Social settings of more than 10 people, where appropriate distancing may not be practical, should be avoided unless precautionary measures are observed.
  • Avoid Socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (e.g., receptions, trade shows)
  • Minimize unnecessary travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.

The Yavapai County Emergency Operations Center Thanks Yavapai College Aerospace Program We would like to thank Yavapai College for the generous donation of face shields produced by the Aerospace Program staff.  First responders and frontline healthcare workers thank you too.

Manzanita Food Sharing Event – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Prescott High School, Wednesday. Those receiving food should stay in their vehicle throughout the “drive through” process and ensure enough room in the trunk.

Testing is the key that will unlock normalization for Arizona - Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services are excited to partner with the community to expand COVID-19 testing for Arizonans. For the next three Saturdays, several community providers will be participating in the Arizona Testing Blitz.  Groups including Banner Health and Walgreens have agreed to participate in the blitz, and more companies are expected to join. Partners who would like to participate can contact HEOC@azdhs.gov.  To see locations, go to: www.azhealth.gov/TestingBlitz.  We hope to see a testing site in Yavapai County soon.  Restrictions on testing have relaxed, so getting a COVID-19 test is an accurate way to go.

CDC, FEMA proposed a plan to reopen America to be included in the White House Plan

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Emergency Management Agency drafted new guidelines for phased reopenings of certain businesses and public settings, as COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions are slowly being relaxed in some regions of the U.S. The guidelines focus on specific sectors and organizations, which include schools, workplaces, churches, restaurants and public transportation. The White House released the Opening Up America Again guidelines this week based on the advice of these public health experts.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/

Examples from the guidance:

  • In the initial reopening phases, schools should space desks six feet apart, nix any field trips and school assemblies, and have students eat lunch in their classrooms instead of the cafeteria.
  • Churches should hold services through video streaming or at drive-in or outdoor venues as much as possible. They should also encourage everyone to wear cloth face masks, use a stationary collection box, and schedule extra services if necessary, to make sure church pews are not packed and congregants stay at least six feet from each other.
  • Restaurants should consider using throwaway menus, single-service condiments, and disposable forks, knives, spoons, and dishes. They should install sneeze guards at cash registers, limit the number of employees on a shift, and avoid having buffets, salad bars, and drink stations.

Our temperatures are on the rise and so are the tests!

State officials announced Monday an “Arizona testing blitz” with the goal of testing 30,000 to 60,000 people over the next three weekends. The plan is to test between 10,000 and 20,000 Arizonans for three consecutive Saturdays. The surge begins Saturday and will continue on May 9 and May 16. The “blitz” is a partnership between Gov. Doug Ducey, the Arizona Department of Health Services and health care partners across the state. The goal is to expand COVID-19 testing across the state. Testing will take place at drive-thru and onsite locations across the state. Testing locations, hours and registration information can be found at azhealth.gov/testingblitz. Testing Blitz

 


Pop Up Food Pantry Tomorrow!

Available at Prescott Gateway Mall starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 26. The goal of the pantry is to distribute 500 boxes of food for families with four or five members. Central Church is providing all food, and Pralines of Prescott will co-host. The organizers are looking for volunteers to help staff this event. Approximately 10 more volunteers are needed. Volunteers must arrive at 7:30 a.m. and stay until approximately 11:30 a.m. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older but not older than 60 per current CDC COVID-19 guidelines.


The ADHS Expands Testing Criteria

 To ensure that providers and labs can test all Arizonans that want to be tested, ADHS has been working to provide additional support to increase testing capacity in Arizona:

·      Issued updated standing orders, expanding the criteria for testing to anyone who thinks they have been exposed to and could be infected with COVID-19. Previously, this order was limited to high-risk individuals and those with specific symptoms;

·      Partnered with laboratories, such as Sonora Quest Laboratories, TGen, and the University of Arizona to provide additional funding to increase their lab capacity and will continue to work with other partner labs, as needed;

·      Sent out messaging to labs statewide to remove any restrictions on testing if they have adequate testing supplies and PPE;

·      Continue to communicate with healthcare providers about expanding testing to all Arizonans;

·      Distributed 15 rapid testing machines throughout the state, which provide results within 15 minutes and work with federal partners to get additional testing kits to support these machines.


Thank you Community Health Services of Yavapai County!

Melissa shared that they have distributed about 100 supply resource bags to some of the lowest income seniors in the county, the Food Plus recipients. Each tote bag is filled with toilet paper, paper towels, soap, hand sanitizer, YCCHS giveaway items, non-perishable food, and information on locally available resources. Each bag reduces each recipient’s risk for exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic as it potentially equals one less trip to the store. According to Melissa we recently filled one of Manzanita Outreach’s trucks with supplies for seniors and hope to fill it up again. They are also just starting to work on some teen care kits, and the donation request should go out soon!


Two More Cases


Yavapai County has 74 COVID-19 Cases

Yavapai County Community Health Services - 56,601 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19 with 5,459 positive cases and 229 deaths. Yavapai County has tested 2,077 residents with 2,003 tests negative and 74 positive.  The County Epidemiologist reports 1 new case overnight. Cases are re-interviewed 2-4 weeks after initial interview to check on their recovery; so far, we have 6 recoveries, and 1 death in Yavapai County. VVMC reports 3 hospitalizations from COVID-19, and 14 persons under investigation (PUI). YRMC reports 3 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 3 PUIs on West Campus, 5 on the East Campus. The VA has no COVID-19 hospitalizations or PUIs.

FDA Authorizes First In-Home Test for Coronavirus The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said it had granted emergency clearance to the first in-home test for the coronavirus, a nasal swab kit that will be sold by LabCorp.  The test would first be made available to health care and other front-line workers.  Patients will swab their own nose using a testing kit sent by LabCorp and will mail it in an insulated package back to the company. The Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 test will be available to consumers in most states, with a doctor’s order and cost $119.  LabCorp will make it available to consumers in the coming weeks. At a moment when governors across the country say their states are facing a shortage of tests, and companies like CVS and Walmart are setting up drive-through testing centers in parking lots, the arrival of kits that let people collect their own nasal specimens at home has the potential to open testing to a wider audience.

Arizona To Provide Nearly 600,000 Children with Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) announced today the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) authorized DES to provide Arizona P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits to households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.  There are nearly 600,000 students receiving free or reduced-price school meals in Arizona, including 186,000 students already receiving Nutrition Assistance, who will be eligible for these benefits. Households will receive benefits equivalent to one free lunch and one free breakfast for each eligible child.  For more details on go to www.azgovernor.gov.



Just in time for Wildfire Season!

Coming soon! District 2 is working on a seperate project from this one to provide assistance with brush removal and offering free slash drop-off at the Mayer transfer station. Stay tuned for more infomation.


Forest Service Takes Steps to Reduce Human Caused Wildfire during Global Pandemic

April 21, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, Southwestern Region is enacting a campfire ban to protect the health and safety of employees and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning April 22, igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire will be prohibited on all six national forests in Arizona until June 30, 2020, or until rescinded ./Portals/7/Forest%20Service.pdf


April 21st - Yavapai County has 73 COVID-19 Cases, and 1 Additional Recovery


Yavapai County has 71 COVID-19 Cases

April 20th Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services - 54,500 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19 with 5,064 positive cases and 187 deaths.  2,037 Yavapai County residents have been tested with 1,966 negative, 71 positives with 5 recoveries, and 1 death.  The case ADHS was reporting over the weekend was from another county. VVMC reports 4 hospitalizations from COVID-19, and 11 persons under investigation (PUI). YRMC reports 3 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 7 PUIs on West Campus, 2 on the East Campus. The VA reports 1 COVID-19 hospitalizations, and no PUIs.

What 4 things need to happen from a public health perspective to “re-open” Yavapai County?

  1. Increased rapid testing – with the 15 Abbott Labs testing machines dedicated to Arizona, we hope to see more of this type of testing in Yavapai County soon. Abbott’s ID NOW COVID-19 test can deliver “positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes.” The FDA has escalated approvals of rapid “point-of-care” diagnostics made by other companies including Mesa Biotech and Cepheid which are also ramping up production to meet unprecedented demand. In Abbott’s case, however, the company has a much broader global presence than the smaller biotech firms.
  2. Antibody testing – The partnership between the State and the University of Arizona to develop antibody tests, which the Governor announced last week is a positive sign.  The state investment will allow the UofA to test 250,000 of Arizona’s front-line workforce.
  3. Protection of our vulnerable populations - In the current public health emergency, the vulnerable will likewise face significant hurdles.  For example:
  • Those without health insurance may not be able to visit a doctor and have testing ordered.
  • Frail and disabled individuals may not be able to self-quarantine because they require the care of others.
  • People in homeless shelters and prisons cannot practice physical distancing.
  • Some people will not be able to see written instructions, and others will not be able to hear verbal instructions.
  • Millions of people may not be able to understand or follow directions because of cognitive impairments.
  • The same is true for people with language barriers.
  • Considering shopping frenzies and dwindling supplies, those with mobility impairments may be unable to purchase necessities.
  1. Continued use of protective measures such as physical distancing and use of masks.

Yavapai County Courthouse Lit Blue in Support of Essential Workers


Yavapai County has 72 COVID-19 Case

April 18th Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services
 

Apache

169

Coconino

314

Cochise

22

Graham

2

Greenlee

2

Gila

7

La Paz

5

Maricopa

2,491

Mohave

52

Navajo

452

Pima

856

Pinal

235

Santa Cruz

16

Yavapai

72

Yuma

24

51,045 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19 with 4,719 positive cases and 177 deaths.  1,931 Yavapai County residents have been tested with 1,859 negative, 72 positive with 5 recoveries, and 1 death.  YCCHS has not received data on the additional case ADHS is reporting. VVMC reported 3 hospitalizations from COVID-19, and 14 persons under investigation (PUI) as of 4:30 p.m. yesterday. YRMC reports 3 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 10 PUIs on West Campus, 3 on the East Campus. The VA reported 1 COVID-19 hospitalization and no PUIs. 

Food Sharing Event - Manzanita Outreach will be sharing food with the public free of charge each Wednesday evening from 5-7pm at Prescott High School starting April 22. Those receiving food should stay in your vehicle throughout the ‘“drive-thru” process and please make sure you have ample space in your trunk for the loading of food boxes.

Yavapai Humane Society (YHS): - Starting Monday, April 20, 2020, the Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) will be providing cat and dog food for those in need on a first-come, first-serve basis. The limit is one bag per vehicle. Daily pick-up is from Noon to 4:00 PM. YHS is located at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, AZ 86301. Donations are also appreciated during this time. For more information on this program, please call 928-445-2666.

Pet Headquarters: - Pet Headquarters is offering pet food for individuals who have lost their jobs or been otherwise economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are also accepting pet food donations. Pick-up is during regular business hours at 2710 N Glassford Hill Rd, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314. For more information, please call 928-775-5558.


2 more cases reported. Currently 71 COVID-19 Cases

April 17th Morning Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

Apache

141

Coconino

304

Cochise

20

Graham

2

Greenlee

2

Gila

5

La Paz

5

Maricopa

2,404

Mohave

51

Navajo

435

Pima

819

Pinal

212

Santa Cruz

15

Yavapai

71

Yuma

23

47,398 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19 and 4,507 positive cases, with 169 deaths.  1,875 Yavapai County residents have been tested with 1,804 negative, 5 recoveries, and 1 death.  VVMC reports 5 hospitalizations from COVID-19, with 14 persons under investigation (PUI). YRMC reports 3 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 11 PUIs on West Campus, 4 on the East Campus. The VA reports 1 COVID-19 hospitalization and no PUIs. 

Yavapai Mental, Public Health Agencies Rally to Support Community Amid COVID-19 Crisis
The collaborative campaign launched through the Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition is titled “Yavapai Stronger Together.”  The message mental health providers and agencies want to share with law enforcement, treatment providers, government officials, school leaders and families is that there are a variety of resources available.  Check out the website for resources:  https://justicementalhealth.com/resources-support/#covid19.

Mayor’s Virtual Town Hall Today at 1:00 via Zoom:  https://zoom.us/j/380013448 ID: 380 013 448


Yavapai County Reports 5 Recovered Individuals

April 16th Afternoon Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services
47,398 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19 and 4,234 positive cases, with 150 deaths.  1,800 Yavapai County residents have been tested with 1,731 results being negative, 69 positive, 5 recovered, and 1 death.  While there were no new cases reported overnight, two cases from earlier were determined to be duplicates.   VVMC reports 5 hospitalizations from COVID-19, with 14 persons under investigation (PUI). YRMC reports 4 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 10 PUIs on West Campus, 4 on the East Campus. The VA reports 1 COVID-19 hospitalization and no PUIs.  A PUI is an in-patient admitted for care who has been tested with results pending.

Yavapai Regional Medical Center Launches “Tracking COVID-19 in Our Community” dashboard Understanding the extent of COVID-19 in our community is important to residents, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has launched a COVID-19 dashboard.  The COVID-19 counts are updated daily, however there may be times the numbers overlap due to when information is available and reported.  Check out YRMC's Dashboard

Mayor’s Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Faith Based and Mental Health Resources Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.  This meeting will be held by Zoom.  To join the meeting sign on to https://zoom.us/j/380013448 or call in at +1-253-215-8782.  Meeting ID: 380 013 448.  The panel will include Mayor Mengarelli; Leslie Horton, Director of YCCHS; Bert Ijams, Prescott Meals on Wheels; Jesse Hans, Coalition for Compassion and Justice; Carole Benedict, US Vets, Beya Thayer, Yavapai County Justice & Mental Health Coalition, Tamara Player, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, and Jason Price, Prescott Pastors Association.

Yavapai County Courthouse, Prescott City Hall and PV Civic Center Lit Blue to Support Governor’s #LightAZBlue” Initiative – Governor Doug Ducey announced buildings and structures around the state are lit blue as a symbol of support for Arizona’s frontline medical workers and emergency responders battling COVID-19.  YRMC East and West Campuses are working on being lit blue and you may see more buildings throughout the county joining in this initiative.  As part of the campaign, you can post pictures with the hashtag #LightAZBlue around Yavapai County to show support.


April 16th Morning Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

Yavapai County has 69 COVID-19 Case - 47,398 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19 and 4,234 positive cases, with 150 deaths.  1,800 Yavapai County residents have been tested with 1,731 results negative, 3 recovered, and 1 death.  While there were no new cases reported overnight, two cases from earlier were determined to be duplicates.   VVMC reports 5 hospitalizations from COVID-19, with 8 persons under investigation (PUI). YRMC reports 4 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 10 PUIs on West Campus, 4 on the East Campus. The VA reports no COVID-19 hospitalizations or PUIs.  A PUI is an in-patient admitted for care who has been tested with results pending.

Why do Yavapai County’s COVID-19 Number Differ from ADHS? As positive tests get reported, the Yavapai County Epidemiologist reviews the patient information.  In some cases, the information is entered multiple times.  The hospital may enter the information, as well as the lab, and there are often hyphenated last names reported in varying ways.  During the review, duplicates are discovered, and consolidated.

What’s the deal with the data? Based on an article in the Arizona Republic today, the updated data the public sees each day about the number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona reflects the spread of the disease as it stood a week ago or longer because of delays that take place in obtaining results.  In addition, it only reflects part of the spread because of limited test availability and restrictions on who can receive a test. Compared to the early days of coronavirus, test reporting speed has improved significantly. On average, the county receives results reported to the state about four days from the test date.  The range from a day or two to up to eight days depends on where the test is collected and where it’s sent for processing.

#Yavapai Stronger Together

For employment & financial assistance and more:
https://arizonatogether.org/ and en español: https://arizonatogether.org/es/

 


Press Conference Summary

Thank you to the County Supervisors Association of Arizona for providing the summary by Robin Hillyard, Legislative Research Program Manager.

Economic Recovery

  • The Governor is looking for feedback on a establishing a plan for accelerating economic recovery, while incorporating public health guidance.
    • A letter was sent to tourism and business leaders requesting suggestions on business practices, policy ideas, regulatory reforms or additional executive actions needed to re-energize the economy safely (Tourism Letter, Business Leader Letter, Press Release).   
  • The Governor also announced that Arizona Commerce Authority Director, Sandra Watson and Arizona Office of Tourism Director, Deborah Johnson will spearhead the outreach effort.
    • Director Watson discussed some of the resources they have compiled on their website for Arizona businesses and workforce, click here.
    • Director Johnson said that tourism will continue to be one of the hardest hit industries in the state.  Last month more than 40% of the hospitality and tourism workforce was laid off or furloughed, Arizona lost $2B in visitor spending and $35M in state tax revenue.  The Arizona Office of Tourism is working to connect displaced workers with industries hiring on their website, click here.

COVID-19 Testing

  • 44K tests have been completed and the state working to increase the number of available tests and the speed of results.
  • All 15 Abbott testing machines allotted to Arizona have been received.  The machines can detect COVID-19 in as little as 15 minutes and will be distributed throughout the state for vulnerable populations.
  • Antibody Tests
    • The state established a partnership with the University of Arizona to create 250K antibody tests that will be initially be used for health care professionals and first responders.
    • This is a blood test that can detect if an individual has had COVID-19 or has recovered from COVID-19. (Press Release)
  • Walgreens Testing
    • Arizona is one of 14 states that Walgreens chose to establish rapid drive through testing.
    • Two locations will be established, but have not been determined. 
    • The test will tell individuals if they currently have the disease, but will not show if the individual has had COVID-19 in the past.


April 15th Morning Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

Yavapai County has 71 COVID-19 Cases

45,310 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19, and 3,962 cases, with 142 deaths.  1,754 Yavapai County residents have been tested with 1,683 results negative, 3 recovered, and 1 death.  While there were three cases reported overnight, two cases from earlier were determined to be duplicates resulting in a net gain of one.   VVMC reports 5 hospitalizations from COVID-19, with 8 persons under investigation (PUI). YRMC reports 4 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 4 PUIs on West Campus, 2 on the East Campus. The VA reports no COVID-19 hospitalizations or PUIs.  A PUI is an in-patient admitted for care who has been tested with results pending.

 

Governor’s Press Conference offered many Announcements

  • Walgreens will open two drive-through testing sites in AZ, the locations of the drive-throughs will be posted on azhealth.gov.  
  • The State has received 15 of the Abbott Labs testing machines, which can rapidly conduct COVID-19 tests, which will be distributed to test vulnerable populations.
  • The University of AZ will partner with the state to create 250,000 antibody tests to aid in identifying if health care workers and first responders have had COVID-19.  It could then roll out to other front-line workers such as those in grocery stores and restaurants.  The scale of the UA antibody testing could be the largest in the country.
  • Three executive orders related to health care: certification changes for caregivers, additional data-reporting requirements, enhanced surveillance – sharing COVID info with first responder agencies, and telemedicine coverage for workers’ compensation.
  • Dr. Christ, Director of ADHS, added that the state is also in conversations with CVS for testing.

April 14th Afternoon Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

Yavapai County Stands at 70 COVID-19 Cases

ADHS is not recommending antibody testing until FDA approval for accuracy of tests.

More than 90 tests are now on the market, and most have bypassed FDA review. Diagnostic manufacturers, public health labs and commercial labs have raised concerns about the accuracy of these tests. They want the FDA to take a tougher regulatory approach to ensure the quality of antibody tests.

Yavapai County Community Health Services advises against Complacency about COVID-19

Although COVID-19 cases are slowing, it is too early to begin relaxing the stipulations in Governor Ducey’s Executive Order:

“Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected.”

  • Stay Home: increase physical distancing, stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and your family. Stay home unless you are leaving for an essential service.
  • Stay Healthy: remain physically active, wash your hands, use a tissue when you sneeze, and maintain healthy habits.
  • Stay Connected: find alternative ways to stay connected to family and friends by using technology. We’ll get through this together.

Volunteers Needed for the Yavapai County Medical Reserve Corps

Medical volunteers are needed in the Prescott area and Verde Valley to serve in the Medical Reserve Corps during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Whether you are an active or retired medical professional, or your license has become inactive, the knowledge and skills you have can help make a difference in our communities. 

For the Coronavirus pandemic, medical professionals are needed to assist local medical facilities in a non-clinical or clinical setting. Also, nonmedical volunteers are needed for administrative duties.  Yavapai County Medical Reserve Corps is a service of Yavapai County Community Health Services.

To sign up for the Yavapai County Medical Reserve Corp, call (928) 442-5487.

#Yavapai Stronger Together

For employment & financial assistance and more:
https://arizonatogether.org/ and en español: https://arizonatogether.org/es/

 

 


April 14th Morning Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

Yavapai County 70 COVID-19 Cases

Apache

97

Coconino

270

Cochise

15

Graham

2

Greenlee

2

Gila

3

La Paz

4

Maricopa

2,056

Mohave

45

Navajo

355

Pima

685

Pinal

175

Santa Cruz

10

Yavapai

70

Yuma

17

44,096 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19, and 3,806 cases, with 131 deaths.  1,690 Yavapai County residents have been tested with 1,620 results negative, 3 recovered, and 1 death.  VVMC reports 3 hospitalizations from COVID-19, with 14 persons under investigation (PUI). YRMC reports 3 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 5 PUIs on West Campus, 0 on the East Campus. The VA currently has no COVID-19 hospitalizations or PUIs. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is among the institutions investigating antibody testing for COVID-19 and profess that antibody tests need to be in place for 2nd coronavirus wave. As Americans look toward a return to normalcy after the coronavirus pandemic, a major question will be: Who is immune to the virus? To answer that question, the promise of antibody tests looms large. These tests are different from the diagnostic tests used to determine whether a person is sick with the virus. Instead, the tests look for the antibodies in a person's blood that the immune system makes in response to an infection. Knowledge of who has antibodies could tell the estimated 25 percent of people who had asymptomatic infections that they did, in fact, catch the virus. And it would, in theory, answer the question of if and when anyone who has recovered from the illness could return to work safely.  It's important to emphasize that we haven't yet proven that once you develop antibodies, you develop protective immunity. It's still a scientific hypothesis that this virus will lead to protective immunity of some duration.

The first serology tests have already been approved by the FDA. There's a number of other tests that are available, that are being validated.  More than 70 test developers are working on tests, but many of these falsely claiming FDA approval.

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April 13th Afternoon Update - Yavapai County Community Health Service

Yavapai County Now Has 67 COVID-19 Cases

Universal Testing for COVID-19 - an Expensive Endeavor

The White House is now balancing the risk to public health and the risk to economic welfare posed by the coronavirus crisis. Yet a solution could be on the horizon. The key is to make cheap, rapid testing available to every individual, regardless of symptoms.

Suppose testing involves $100 in personal protective equipment (PPE) and time costs for the individual who obtains the sample. Taken together, consider $100 for viral testing plus $100 for antibody testing and another $100 for PPE and labor, and costs would run about $300 per person. Multiply that by the U.S. population of about 330 million and you get a price tag of some $99 billion.

Of course, the best outcome would be the development of a vaccine. Once it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, manufactured en masse, and ready for nationwide deployment, everyone can be vaccinated before returning to work and congregating with others.

Until then, please stay home, stay healthy and stay connected.

Meals 4 Kids Mapping Tool

Parents with kids and teens 18 years old and under can use our Meals 4 Kids mapping tool to find sites near them where they can pick up free nutritious meals and snacks. To maintain social distancing, kids and teens may take their meal home to eat.  Simply type in your address and find results.  www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids. Parents can also text ‘Food’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 877-877.

Mayor’s Virtual Town Hall Meeting Rescheduled

The City of Prescott has rescheduled the virtual Town Hall Meeting for the Faith-Based Community and Mental Health for Friday, April 17th from 1 -2:30 p.m. to discuss mental health services available for citizens, and resources offered by the faith-based community, via Zoom.   The Zoom information is available on the City of Prescott website.

#Yavapai Stronger Together

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April 13th Morning Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

Yavapai County Stands at 65 COVID-19 Cases

Apache

72

Coconino

243

Cochise

15

Graham

2

Greenlee

2

Gila

3

La Paz

4

Maricopa

1960

Mohave

30

Navajo

335

Pima

622

Pinal

163

Santa Cruz

8

Yavapai

65

Yuma

17

43,347 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19, and 3,702 cases, with 122 deaths.  1,620 Yavapai County residents have been tested with 1,555 results negative, 3 recovered, and 1 death.  VVMC reports 3 hospitalizations from COVID-19, with 17 persons under investigation (PUI). YRMC reports 3 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 5 PUIs on West Campus, 0 on the East Campus. The VA currently has 1 inpatient with COVID, and 2 PUIs.  A PUI is an in-patient admitted for care who has been tested with results pending.

Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 Data Dashboard in High Demand

The dashboard now has case counts broken down by zip code and more detailed demographic information about cases and deaths in our state. Data about the capacity of our healthcare system in Arizona has also been added to the dashboard.  For zip codes where there are between one and ten COVID-19 positive individuals who have been identified, the dashboard will show a numerical range, either 1-5 or 6-10, rather than an exact case count.  The Healthcare System includes data about the capacity and current utilization of emergency room beds, inpatient beds, ICU beds, and ventilators in hospitals throughout Arizona, but not by hospital.  The website has received almost more hits daily than ADHS’ regular site receives annually.

Yavapai Mental, Public Health Agencies Rally to Support Community Amid COVID-19 Crisis
The collaborative campaign launched through the Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition is titled “Yavapai Stronger Together.”  The message mental health providers and agencies want to share with law enforcement, treatment providers, government officials, school leaders and families is that there are a variety of resources available.  Check out the website for resources:  https://justicementalhealth.com/resources-support/#covid19.

#Yavapai Stronger Together

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Arizona pilot program to start collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients

April 11, 2020, The Arizona Republic reported  that people who have recovered from COVID-19 may have an outlet to help those ill with the disease caused by the new coronavirus: Donating their plasma. In Arizona, a blood donation company, Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services), is starting to allow recovered patients to donate as part of a pilot program.There are no proven treatments for COVID-19 because the virus is new and it can take a long time to find effective treatments. A vaccine for COVID-19 likely is many months, if not more than a year, away, though trials are underway.

Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients has offered some promise in anecdotal use and in past coronaviruses to treat people, experts say. "Unfortunately, it's kind of the only ray of hope at present until we identify some medications that have some promise," said Dr. Ralph Vassallo, Vitalant's chief medical and scientific officer. Here’s the article


April 12th Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

Yavapai County had 65 COVID-19 Cases

Apache

72

Coconino

335

Cochise

15

Graham

2

Greenlee

2

Gila

3

La Paz

4

Maricopa

1,960

Mohave

30

Navajo

335

Pima

622

Pinal

162

Santa Cruz

8

Yavapai

65

Yuma

17

There have been 3,539 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 115 deaths reported in Arizona. 

To date, 42,109 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19. 1,555 residents have been tested in Yavapai County, with 1,490 tests being negative. We have 65 cases in Yavapai County, with two additional cases reported overnight.  Verde Valley Medical Center is reporting they have 2 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, and 16 persons under investigation.  YRMC reported on Friday they are looking into adding a dashboard for current info on their website.

The Salvation Army Prescott will be initiating Operation Food Box during this time of uncertainty in the community to provide basic food items to those facing food insecurity who may not have the means to get food due to the COVID-19 situation. The Salvation Army can arrange for a food box to be dropped at an individual’s door, reducing the amount of face-to-face exposure. Apply for Operation Food Box assistance by calling The Salvation Army at 928-778-0150 or visiting The Salvation Army Prescott Corps Community Center, 237 S. Montezuma St.  Assistance is limited and subject to availability. For more information, visit Prescott.SalvationArmy.org.

Manzanita Outreach in the Verde Valley has a reference to food sharing opportunities at Mohelp.org

Yavapai Stronger Together
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For up-to-date information, visit our website:  www.yavapai.us/chs.


April 10th Morning Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

Yavapai County Stands at 62 COVID-19 Cases – Three Recovered

Apache

55

Coconino

214

Cochise

11

Graham

2

Greenlee

1

Gila

3

La Paz

4

Maricopa

1,741

Mohave

28

Navajo

287

Pima

543

Pinal

138

Santa Cruz

7

Yavapai

62

Yuma

16

37,178 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19, and 3,112 cases, and 97 deaths.  1,420 Yavapai County residents have been tested with 1,315 results negative, 3 recovered (In the Verde Valley), and 1 death.  VVMC reports 2 hospitalizations from COVID-19, with 8 persons under investigation.  YRMC reported 3 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 8 persons under investigation on West Campus, 2 on the East Campus yesterday.  YRMC is now accepting cloth mask donations for use in non-patient contact areas.  Here's How.

Easter During COVID-19
While families who have been cooped up together for the past few weeks are looking forward to Easter baskets and dinner to break up the monotony of their quarantine routine, many others who are apart this year are turning to video conferencing to bridge the distance.  While no one could have imagined that Easter would come during a viral pandemic, people who celebrate are still trying to spend the day honoring their favorite traditions as best they can.  Some tips are to:  tune in to a virtual Easter service, enjoy your Easter brunch via Zoom – and most importantly be vigilant with cleaning surfaces, washing hands, and maintain healthy habits. 

MAYOR’S VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING – For the Faith Based Community and Mental Health

The City of Prescott will old a virtual Town Hall Meeting today from 1 -2:30 p.m. to discuss mental health services available for citizens, and resources offered by the faith-based community, via Zoom.   The panel of speakers includes Leslie Horton with YCCHS, April Rhodes, Spectrum; Bert Ijams, Meals on Wheels; Carole Benedict, US Vets; Jessi Hans, Coalition for Compassion & Justice; and Jason Price with Prescott Pastors Coalition.  To participate, join the Zoom meeting @ https://zoom.us/j/380013448, or Dial 1-253-215-8782.  Meeting ID: 380 013 448.

Yavapai.Strong.Together.

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April 9th Afternoon Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

Yavapai County Stands at 62 COVID-19 Cases

Yavapai Emergency Operations PPE Donations – see parameters on www.yavapai.us/chs

  • YCCHS limiting immunization appointments except for infant or respiratory vaccines.  771-3122.
  • Yavapai County WIC offers all services online or by phone to existing or new clients – call 771-3138.
  • The Yavapai Emergency Phone Bank - 928-442-5103 M-F, 8-5.
  • COVID-19 information en español

COVID-19 Fraud Task Force launched Arizona state officials are launching a new task force aimed at combating fraud related to the coronavirus crisis. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and U.S. Attorney Michael Bailey announced the task force on Wednesday. It's a joint effort among federal, state and local officials to protect Arizonans from con artists who are targeting folks who might be feeling vulnerable right now.

In recent weeks, stories of fraud related to the coronavirus have increased across the nation, according to the release. In times of uncertainty, consumers are often more vulnerable to fraud as they seek answers and a sense of security. Fake texts, emails, and social media posts that might normally be ignored, may now be enticing if they offer COVID-19 tests, miracle cures, medical products, or financial windfall.

The Federal Trade Commission reported that it had received almost 12,000 consumer complaints related to COVID-19 in just three months. Well over half of those complaints were fraud-related, with a total loss to consumers of $8.39 million.

If you believe you have been a target of a coronavirus-related scam, or know someone else who has been, report the fraud. Reports can be made to the Task Force at:

Thank you for Staying Home. Staying Healthy. Staying Connected.

  • Stay Home: increase physical distancing, stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and your family. Stay home unless you are leaving for an essential service.
  • Stay Healthy: remain physically active, wash your hands, use a tissue when you sneeze, and maintain healthy habits.
  • Stay Connected: find alternative ways to stay connected to family and friends by using technology. We’ll get through this together.

For employment & financial assistance and more:
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April 9th Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services


Yavapai County has 62 COVID-19 Cases

Apache

54

Coconino

210

Cochise

11

Graham

2

Greenlee

1

Gila

3

La Paz

4

Maricopa

1,689

Mohave

27

Navajo

286

Pima

512

Pinal

137

Santa Cruz

7

Yavapai

62

Yuma

15

37,178 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19, and 3,018 cases, and 89 deaths.  1,377 Yavapai County residents have been tested with 1,315 results negative, and 1 death.  VVMC reports 1 hospitalization from COVID-19, with 5 persons under investigation.  YRMC reported 3 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 8 persons under investigation on West Campus, 2 on the East Campus.  A PUI is an in-patient who has been admitted for care that has been tested for COVID-19 with results still pending. 

  • Yavapai Emergency Operations PPE Donations – see parameters on www.yavapai.us/chs
  • YCCHS limiting immunization appointments except for infant or respiratory vaccines.  771-3122.
  • Yavapai County WIC offers all services online or by phone to existing or new clients – call 771-3138.
  • The Yavapai Emergency Phone Bank - 928-442-5103 M-F, 8-5.
  • COVID-19 information en español

Arizona Department of Health Services Director advises wearing cloth face coverings/masks

"Anybody who can safely wear a cloth-based face covering — nonmedical — should consider doing that when they are out in the public accessing essential services," Dr. Cara Christ, the Arizona Department of Health Services director, told The Arizona Republic. "What they are finding in the data is that people can be spreading the virus up to two days before they start showing symptoms. So, there's that asymptomatic spread. If you wear a mask when you are out in public, you are less likely to expose others." See the article here.

MAYOR’S VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING – For the Faith Based Community and Mental Health

The City of Prescott will old a virtual Town Hall Meeting on Friday, April 10 from 1 -2:30 p.m. to discuss mental health services available for citizens, and resources offered by the faith-based community, via Zoom.   The panel of speakers includes Leslie Horton with YCCHS, April Rhodes, Spectrum; Bert Ijams, Meals on Wheels; Carole Benedict, US Vets; Jessi Hans, Coalition for Compassion & Justice; and Jason Price with Prescott Pastors Coalition.  To participate, join the Zoom meeting @ https://zoom.us/j/380013448, or Dial 1-253-215-8782.  Meeting ID: 380 013 448.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Substance Use and Disorder Issues Referral and Treatment Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
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April 8th Afternoon Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

Yavapai County now has 61 COVID-19 Cases

1,289 residents have been tested in Yavapai County, with 1,228 tests being negative (95%).  VVMC reports 1 hospitalization from COVID-19, with 5 persons under investigation.  YRMC reported 4 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 10 persons under investigation on West Campus, 1 on the East Campus.  A PUI is an in-patient who has been admitted for care that has been tested for COVID-19 with results still pending.  YCCHS has received two additional cases overnight.

Dr. Fauci Predicts Decline of COVID-19 Cases but Warns Against Complacency -There’s been talk of a possible plateau in disease over the next week or two in the U.S.  The real challenge will be for the public and locales to not become overly confident and allow rampant community transmission to continue.

At the end of last week, the CDC recommended that individuals who do make necessary trips out of their home wear a nonmedical cloth mask to reduce asymptomatic spread of the virus.  The length of time for the CDC to make the call was driven by the fact that healthcare workers who are putting their lives on the line every day, saying they don’t have enough personal protective equipment, including masks.  Although homemade masks are not perfect, Fauci said, “If you do not know you are infected, wearing a mask will go a long way to prevent you from infecting someone else.”

“Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected.”

  • Stay Home: increase physical distancing, stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and your family. Stay home unless you are leaving for an essential service.
  • Stay Healthy: remain physically active, wash your hands, use a tissue when you sneeze, and maintain healthy habits.
  • Stay Connected: find alternative ways to stay connected to family and friends by using technology. We’ll get through this together.

National 24-Hour Crisis Hotlines 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Substance Use and Disorder Issues Referral and Treatment Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

 

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April 8th Morning Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

Yavapai County has 60 COVID-19 Cases

Apache

34

Coconino

186

Cochise

9

Graham

2

Greenlee

1

Gila

3

La Paz

3

Maricopa

1,559

Mohave

23

Navajo

240

Pima

464

Pinal

124

Santa Cruz

6

Yavapai

60

Yuma

14

There have been 2,726 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 80 deaths reported in Arizona.  To date, 34,564 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19. 1,289 residents have been tested in Yavapai County, with 1,231 tests being negative (95%). VVMC reports 1 hospitalization from COVID-19, with 1 person under investigation.  YRMC reported 3 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 11 persons under investigation on West Campus, 3 on the East Campus.  A PUI is an in-patient who has been admitted for care that has been tested for COVID-19 with results still pending.  YCCHS has received two additional cases overnight. Although there have been regional, national and global data on confirmed cases and deaths, not much has been reported on recovery.

Currently there is no treatment for Covid-19 approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, but those infected can recover with appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms.

The CDC has noted that for those with Covid-19 isolated at home, they are considered recovered if they meet three criteria:

  • No fever for at least 72 hours without using fever-reducing medications
  • Improvement in other coronavirus-related symptoms, such as cough or shortness of breath
  • A period of at least seven days has passed since symptoms first appeared

If they have access to testing, the criteria includes two consecutive negative tests 24 hours apart, along with no longer having a fever and seeing improvement in symptoms.  The CDC’s second standard for discontinuing self-quarantine, which the agency dubs the “Time-since-illness-onset and time-since-recovery strategy”:  A person can stop self-isolating if fever-free for three days without the use of fever-reducing medication, has seen “improvement” in respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath, and at least seven days have passed since the onset of symptoms.

 

 


April 7th Afternoon Update

 Yavapai County Community Health Services new dashboard:


How are hospitals preparing?

On March 19, 2020, Governor Ducey put forth an Executive Order whereupon hospitals were ordered to cancel elective surgeries. Hospitals are now preparing for a surge of patients. Preparation includes increasing our bed counts as ordered by Executive Order (2020-16 March 26), increasing our severely short supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and sustaining the health of our healthcare workforce so we may provide the best care for our community during this pandemic. YRMC and VVMC have submitted their Surge Capacity plans to increase their capacity by 50%.

 


April 7th Morning Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

Yavapai County stands at 57 Cases – No Additional Cases

Apache

28

Coconino

179

Cochise

9

Graham

2

Greenlee

1

Gila

3

La Paz

3

Maricopa

1,495

Mohave

23

Navajo

222

Pima

415

Pinal

120

Santa Cruz

5

Yavapai

57

Yuma

13

There have been 2,575 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 73 deaths reported in Arizona.  To date, 33,375 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19. 1,232 residents have been tested in Yavapai County, with 1,175 tests being negative (95%).  There are now 57 cases in Yavapai County; 11 in Prescott, 10 in Prescott Valley, 9 in Sedona, 13 Other-Quad-Cities, 7 Cottonwood, 6 Other- Verde; 1 unknown; 18 seniors 65+, 34 adults 18-64; 5 minors (0-17); 25 males, 32 females.  VVMC reports 1 hospitalization from COVID-19, with 6 persons under investigation.  YRMC reported 3 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 11 persons under investigation on West Campus, 3 on the East Campus. Both hospitals report meeting the 50% capacity increase mandated by the Governor.

  • Yavapai Emergency Operations PPE Donations – see www.yavapai.us/chs
  • YCCHS limiting immunization appointments except for infant or respiratory vaccines.  771-3122.
  • Yavapai County WIC offers all services online or by phone to existing or new clients – call 771-3138.
  • The Yavapai Emergency Phone Bank - 928-442-5103
  • COVID-19 information en español

How do I get infected with COVID-19?

Viral droplets transmitted from an infected person’s cough or sneeze enter through your nose, mouth or eyes - the usual entry points for respiratory viruses. Even if they don’t cough or sneeze directly on you, you may get the virus if you touch something an infected person recently touched and then touch your face, nose, mouth or eyes.  From there, it travels to the back of your nasal passages and to the mucous membranes in the back of your throat. That’s the place where symptoms - such as a sore throat and dry cough—often start.  Then the virus spreads down the airway passages to the lungs. When the lungs’ membranes become inflamed, it’s harder for them to work properly. In addition to causing problems in the lungs, the virus may also cause nausea, diarrhea or indigestion if it infects cells in the gastrointestinal system.

It can take as few as two or as many as 14 days after being exposed to the COVID-19 for the first symptom to develop. The first symptom of COVID-19 is usually a fever. Then come respiratory symptoms, like a dry cough and shortness of breath, that often turn into pneumonia.  The worst cases often lead to respiratory failure, which could result in death.

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April 6th Afternoon Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

Yavapai County has 57 Cases, First Death

To date, 32,534 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19. 1,108 residents have been tested in Yavapai County, with 1,054 tests being negative (95%).  There are now 57 cases in Yavapai County; 10 in Prescott, 10 in Prescott Valley, 10 in Sedona, 13 Other-Quad-Cities, 6 Other- Verde; 1 unknown; 18 seniors 65+, 33 adults 18-64; 6 minors (0-17); 25 males, 32 females.   VVMC is reporting no hospitalizations, with 8 persons under investigation.  YRMC reported 3 hospitalizations, with 11 persons under investigation on West Campus, 3 on the East Campus.

  • Yavapai Emergency Operations PPE Donations – see www.yavapai.us/chs
  • YCCHS limiting immunization appointments except for infant or respiratory vaccines.  771-3122.
  • Yavapai County WIC offers all services online or by phone to existing or new clients – call 771-3138.
  • The Yavapai Emergency Phone Bank - 928-442-5103
  • COVID-19 information en español

What can I do if I am or may be ill with COVID-19? If you develop symptoms and you've been exposed to the virus COVID-19, contact your doctor for medical advice. If you need to go to the doctor or hospital, call ahead so health care providers can take steps to ensure that others aren't exposed. Take the following precautions to avoid spreading the illness:

  • Stay home from work, school and public areas, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid taking public transportation if possible.
  • Wear a mask around other people.
  • Isolate yourself as much as possible from others in your home.
  • Use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible.
  • Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding and other household items.

Should I wear a mask? The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public places, such as the grocery store, where it's difficult to avoid close contact with others. This updated advice is based on data showing that people with COVID-19 can transmit the virus before they realize they have it. Using masks in public may help reduce the spread from people who don't have symptoms. Non-medical cloth masks are recommended for the public. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators are in short supply and should be reserved for health care providers.  Here’s the Surgeon General’s Advice: https://youtu.be/9YLXEhSjVsw

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