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CDC Issues New Quarantine Rules After Second Dose of Vaccine – Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from others (February 11, 2021)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced yesterday that people who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are no longer required to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 if exposure occurs at least two weeks after the 2nd dose. Vaccinated people should continue to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces and follow other guidelines for travel and other activities, the CDC said. | PRESS RELEASE


Emergency Meals

Emergency Home Delivered Meals available to those 60 years and older through NACOG. | FLYER


Governor Ducey Announces Rental Assistance Program To Provide Financial Assistance And Housing Stability (February 9, 2021)

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the Arizona Department of Economic Security will be launching a new Emergency Rental Assistance Program to provide financial assistance and housing stability.


Older Adults without Family or Friends Lag in the Race to Get Vaccines (February 8, 2021)

PRESS RELEASE | There seems to be a divide between the “haves” and “have nots” emerging as older adults across the country struggle to get COVID-19 vaccines.  Older adults who are comfortable with computers and have internet service are getting notices of vaccine availability and can register online for appointments. Those who can’t afford broadband services or don’t use computers or smartphone apps are likely missing out on information about vaccines and appointments.

Help is available through the Yavapai County Community Health Services phone bank at 928-442-5103 (Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm).

Help is also available through the Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition


COVID-19 Vaccinations in Yavapai County

Now is the time for us to come together as a community, to volunteer to help insure everyone who wants a Covid-19 vaccination gets one, and for Yavapai County residents to receive their vaccination.

Starting Monday, January 25th, Spectrum HealthCare is launching a VACCINATION STATION EVENT across YAVAPAI COUNTY. The goal for this effort is to administer 1500+ COVID-19 vaccines county-wide, daily. There are vaccination sites in both Eastern and Western Yavapai County.

SPECTRUM HEALTHCARE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

Roles and descriptions for the Cottonwood and Prescott Valley sites are listed at: https://www.spectrumhealthcare-group.com/volunteer/.

Please consider sharing this message with contacts you have who may be able to assist. Each volunteer will need to sign up individually, and include their first and last name, phone number and a unique email address not linked to another volunteer. Lunch will be provided!

STAY SAFE!
WEAR YOUR MASK!
VOLUNTEER!

Your Supervisor,

Donna Michaels
Yavapai County Supervisor, District 3


County Announces COVID Vaccination Plans

Point of Distribution (POD) Site coordinated by Yavapai Regional Medical Center, starting Thursday,
January 21 in the old Sears building in Gateway Mall: 3280 Gateway Blvd. in Prescott, AZ. It will be open
to all phase 1a and 1b individuals and currently only appointments are available for Thursday and Friday.
Additional appointments will be added in the coming weeks. Go to
https://www.yavapai.us/chs/Home/COVID-19/Vaccine to make an appointment. The Pod is currently
scheduled for 6 days per week but may expand to 7 days with adequate assistance/staffing and vaccine
availability. YRMC plans to vaccinate 500 individuals per day.

POD Site coordinated by Spectrum Healthcare, starting Monday, January 25 at Findlay Event Center in
Prescott Valley to spread our sites geographically. This pod is currently scheduled to be 7 days per week
by appointment only. Spectrum plans to vaccinate 500-1,000 individuals per day based on adequate
vaccine supply and staffing

POD Site coordinated by Spectrum Healthcare, starting Monday, January 25 or sooner at 8 E. Cotton St.
Cottonwood, AZ. This pod is currently scheduled for 7 days per week by appointment only. Spectrum
plans to vaccinate 500 per day with adequate vaccine supply and staffing.

Appointments can be made via YCCHS website at https://www.yavapai.us/chs/Home/COVID-19/Vaccine.

To see the full update with current statistics for January 19, 2021, go to the Yavapai County Health
Department website at https://www.yavapai.us/chs


News Release from the Arizona Department of Health Services

News Release
For Immediate Release: January 11, 2021
Media Contact: Steve Elliott
Email: pio@azdhs.gov

Registration Available for the State’s First 24/7 COVID-19 Vaccination Site At State Farm Stadium

State, Partners Expanding Availability With More Arizonans Prioritized For Vaccine Today

PHOENIX ‒ Registration is open beginning at 9 a.m. for the state’s first 24/7 COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, with the first appointments available beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12, for health care workers, first responders, teachers, law enforcement officers, Arizonans over age 75 and others at the top of the priority list for vaccine distribution. The launch of the new state location comes as Arizona’s largest county moves into priority groups in Phase 1B — opening up vaccine access to a substantially larger group of Arizonans. Registration is available for the vaccination site at State Farm Stadium and several other sites throughout the state at https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/.

“After the initial soft launch of this site, we will have the capability to immunize thousands of Arizonans around the clock, 7 days a week,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “It will help meet the growing demand for COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona as we move into our priority Phase 1B and beyond. This tremendous step forward in our vaccination effort wouldn’t be possible without our partners, including the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation, the Arizona Cardinals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Arizona State University, Walgreens, the City of Glendale, and the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs.”

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has established the site in part thanks to a $1 million grant from the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation and with support from the Arizona Cardinals, Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona, and the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. The site will serve individuals in both Phase 1A and Phase 1B.

Maricopa County, the largest in Arizona, have advanced to making vaccine available to the priority groups in Phase 1B. Phase 1A prioritizes frontline healthcare workers and residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities, and those individuals retain their priority in subsequent phases of vaccine distribution. Those currently eligible for vaccination in prioritized phase 1B include education and childcare professionals and support staff, law enforcement officers, individuals working in other protective services occupations, and those 75 years and older. Other essential workers will become eligible as more vaccine becomes available and the counties move fully into phase 1B.

Again, registration is available beginning at 9 a.m. for the vaccination site at State Farm Stadium and several other sites throughout the state at https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/. Information about all vaccination sites across Arizona can be found  at azhealth.gov/findvaccine. Those without computer access or needing extra help registering can call 1-844-542-8201, staffed through support from the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, the Banner Health Poison and Drug Information Center, and Crisis Response Network’s 211 Arizona program. 

In addition, individuals creating an account on podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ can schedule an appointment on behalf of relatives or dependents through that account, which is recommended for those with older family members or family without access to a computer. Those scheduled for  vaccination will need to show identification upon arrival to the vaccination site demonstrating they qualify for phases 1A or priority1B.

The State Farm Stadium site opens this afternoon for select law enforcement and other protective service workers, with broad appointment availability beginning Tuesday. 

The State Farm Stadium vaccination site complements the ongoing efforts of counties by adding another location in the Phoenix metropolitan area. With Maricopa County having moved to Phase 1B, those prioritized for vaccine will be able to register for appointments at the State Farm Stadium vaccination site as well as other county sites listed at azhealth.gov/findvaccine, which lists each county’s phase and has local links to register for vaccination.

The state has more than 160 vaccination sites, and that number is expanding steadily as the federal government makes more vaccine doses available to the state. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program has conducted vaccination visits at nearly 80 skilled nursing facilities with dozens more scheduled through the end of the month.  

More than 300 volunteers with Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona will provide 24/7 staffing, while the Arizona Cardinals have provided the facility, tents, technical assistance, and other critical support. ADHS has contracted with Walgreens to provide pharmacy support and ASU to provide logistical support and additional staffing, supplies, and resources. 

For more information on COVID-19 vaccination, please visit azhealth.gov/COVID19vaccine. For more information about how to schedule an appointment through https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/, including how to schedule an appointment for a family member, please visit azhealth.gov/patientportalguide.


Vaccine Update for adults 75 and older

Many pharmacies will be receiving limited vaccine supply as soon as January 19th and at that time you can make an appointment at your preferred pharmacy.

Private providers will also be receiving vaccine in the coming weeks.

The www.yavapai.us/chs website will be updated with links to the pharmacy’s registration sites. A listing of sites/providers offering the vaccine for this priority group will be added later this week. Fry’s, Albertson’s, Safeway, Walgreens, and CVS are part of the CDC Retail Pharmacy Partner program.

Please realize we have a large population in this phase and vaccine supply is limited. This phase will take considerable time due to the roll out of 2nd vaccinations for those who received the initial dose. It could take months for Phase 1b to be largely completed. YCCHS estimates sometime in the Spring for Phase 1c.

The State Farm site in Maricopa County will be open to people in Phase 1a or Phase 1b regardless of county of residence. The doses administered will be the Pfizer vaccine, so the 2nd dose must be Pfizer, as well. There will be 21 days between the first and second doses – vs the 28 days for the Moderna vaccine, which is all Yavapai County will be receiving.

To sign up for the State Farm clinic go to the ADHS website Vaccine Finder page. Please note that in order to be vaccinated, you will need to be a member of the current phase, schedule an appointment, and provide appropriate identification once you arrive at the vaccination site.


Coronavirus Vaccine

In Yavapai County, we are working to establish vaccination locations and offerings in order to accommodate the needs of our residents. Both hospitals and approximately 25 other local healthcare providers have signed up as vaccine providers as of now. We will also be rolling out a CDC Retail Pharmacy Partner program in the coming weeks (maybe as early as Jan. 19th) that will allow our local pharmacies to carry and administer vaccine. Currently, vaccinations for the Phase 1a groups (healthcare providers and healthcare support occupations, Emergency Medical Service Workers, and Long Term Care facility residents and staff) have been conducted by YCCHS, YRMC, VVMC and Spectrum Healthcare and are our priority. We are hoping to have many of these other local providers and pharmacies on-board by the end of January to help with the phase 1b populations. More information will be posted to our website at www.yavapai.us/chs as we have more updates on when, where and how people can sign up or show up for vaccinations. 

For now, we are asking the public to be patient. We are only being allocated 3,900 vaccines per week in Yavapai County, and the 1b population alone is over 70,000 individuals. This is going to take us weeks, if not months to work through the 1b populations with such a limited vaccine supply. We are hoping to start vaccinating 1c populations in Spring of this year, unless more vaccine is made available to us, allowing us to expedite the process. We are currently updating our website with information, and will have more updates in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned, and we will continue to work hard to roll out the vaccine as efficiently and effectively as we can with the limitations we are facing.



Community Resources

Verde Valley Sanctuary                                           928-639-1227                   https://verdevalleysanctuary.org/community-resources/

Community Information and Referral                   1-877-211-8661                                                             https://211arizona.org/

 

HOMELESS

567-6931           Bread of Life Mission                   395 S. Main St.                           Camp Verde

              Drive through services Tues and Fri 4:30 – 6:00

634-4254           Catholic Charities                         507 N Main St.                           Cottonwood

              https://www.catholiccharitiesaz.org/get-help-pages/directory-of-services-cottonwood

634-5942           Goodwill                                                                                 Cottonwood

282-9077           Goodwill                                                                                 Sedona

634-2511           Verde Valley Sanctuary (shelter for women)                           Cottonwood

641-4298           Verde Valley Homeless Coalition              654 N. Main St.                             Cottonwood

              The transition center is open M-F 1pm-5pm - Overnights when below 35 degrees 6pm-8am

 

IN NEED OF FOOD

282-2834           Adult Community Center             2615 Melody               Sedona

              Must call 24 hours in advance, pick-up is at 11:00AM M-F   

567-6931           Bread of LifeMission                    395 S. Main St.                           Camp Verde

634-4254           Catholic Charities                         507 N Main St.                           Cottonwood

567-6356           Meals on Wheels                          263 W Maryvale            Camp Verde

              Lunch is still being served 11:30 M-F at 263 W Maryvale, Camp Verde

634-9625           St. Vincent De Paul                       421 N Willard               Cottonwood

              Tues – Thurs from 9:00 - Noon

634-7869           Old Town Mission                                                                 Cottonwood

              Food pantry still operating Mon & Thurs 9:00 – 2:00 PM – Lunch Wed, Fri at Noon and Sat @ 11 To Go only – Homeless Resource Showers Mon 9 -1, Tues 9-11, Thurs 9-1 – Pilot program delivering food to areas in need (Cornville, Clarkdale and Verde Village)

634-5450           Verde Valley Senior Center         500 E Cherry                Cottonwood

              Call between 9 & 10 to make a reservation to pick-up a lunch at noon

649-5772           Manzanita Outreach                     www.MOHELP.org         Cottonwood

634-8857           Mountain View United Methodist 12st & Cottonwood St Cottonwood

              Food boxes 2nd & 4th Wednesday 8:30 – 10:00 am

634-4321           Rising Hope                                   750 E Mingus Ave        Cottonwood

              Food boxes Tuesday 12:00 – 6:00 pm

567-4631           Beaver Creek School District                     4810 E Beaver Creek Rd               Beaver Creek

              2nd Saturday of each month 7:45 – 9am. Must register be Beaver Creek resident and must register by calling and leaving a message if the office is not staffed.

 

PREGNANT

634-8101           AHCCCS                                         1500 E Cherry St.           Cottonwood

634-0212           House of Ruth                               696 E Mingus               Cottonwood

634-4254           Catholic Social Services                507 N Main St.                           Cottonwood

639-8134           W.I.C.                                             10 S 6th St.                           Cottonwood

 

IN NEED OF HEALTHCARE

639-8132           Community Health Cntr of Yavapai 51 Brian Mickelsen Parkway, Cottonwood

634-8108           ALTCS                                             1 N Main St.                       Cottonwood

634-0780           AHCCCS                                         1500 E Cherry                Cottonwood

 

IN NEED OF COUSELING

634-8864           Alcoholics Anonymous                 1309 E Cherry St.           Cottonwood

646-9428           Alcoholics Anonymous                 480 1st St.                           Camp Verde

 

ADDITIONAL LINKS FOR ASSISTANCE

APS Special Crisis: Bill Assistance https://www.aps.com/assistance

Arizona 2-1-1 http://www.211arizona.org
Arizona Community Action Association http://www.azcaa.org/
Arizona Self Help http://arizonaselfhelp.org

DES Services Related to COVID-19 https://des.az.gov/services/coronavirus

Mortgage Assistance https://www.fhfa.gov/Homeownersbuyer/MortgageAssistance/Pages/Coronavirus-Assistance-Information.aspx

Small Business Disaster Loan https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Unemployment Benefits Application https://des.az.gov/services/employment/unemployment-individual

 

CHILDREN OUT OF SCHOOL

Virtual Learning for AZ Students https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jSYo9lJ6jTU8866xNyrjSj8Sf3A3k0AJFWjw_M4lj0o/edit#gid=0

Updated by Brandi Bateman 4.3.2020

 


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