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Update from Supervisor Thurman’s Office

14 May News

Yavapai County currently has 246 confirmed cases of COVID-19, there have been 5 deaths and 37 recovered and 3 tested positive for antibody. VVMC has 0 confirmed cases hospitalized and 5 persons under investigation. 104 of the Yavapai County cases are related to Mingus Mountain Academy.

Yavapai county dropped to 3.7% positive ratio based on the number of those tested. That is below the state average and much less than many other counties in Arizona. Please continue your efforts to physically distance with continued responsible decision making. You are the best person to be responsible for your health and safety.

Mingus Mountain Academy Update – 84 out of 141 students and 20 staff at Mingus Mountain Academy tested positive, with more test results pending. Arizona’s total identified cases rose to 12,674 today, according to the most recent state figures. That’s an increase of 498 confirmed cases, or 4.1%, since Wednesday when the state reported 12,176 identified cases and 594 deaths.

The number of confirmed cases reported each day has risen steadily over the past week as more testing has taken place. Arizona has significantly increased diagnostic testing over the past two weeks because of loosened testing requirements and the weekend blitzes. The percentage of positive tests per week decreased from 10% three weeks ago to 6% last week, likely in part because a broader range of people are being tested rather than just the very sick.

Deaths have also spiked over the past week, although many occurred in previous weeks and are just being added to the system now because of reporting lags and a new death certificate surveillance process. The number of deaths reported each day represents the additional known deaths identified by the Health Department that day, but they are often not identified on the actual death date and could have occurred weeks prior.

2-1-1 – A Resource for your needs all the time, not just during COVID-19: 2-1-1 has been a huge asset for resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is a wealth of information for everyday use. The website has a great new look with funding provided by the Arizona Department of Economic Security. The partnership with the DES, the Governor’s Office, Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Crisis Response Network has enhanced this resource for each county and can be drilled down by ZIP Code. With calls coming through the 2-1-1 Arizona program, the company looks forward to fulfilling their mission of inspiring hope in those they serve during these trying times.

From APS- It is the season for wildfires! APS Wildfire Safety and Fire Mitigation Efforts

From County Supervisors AssociationMichael Madden, Legislative Liaison

We expected the Legislature to announce some sort of plan or course of action this week, but thus far both Chambers have been silent.  It is our understanding that conference calls are occurring in the House amongst the Republican Caucus to come up with some proposed course of action, likely to address liability concerns of businesses returning to the COVID-19 world, before considering adjourning Sine Die.

In spite of a law prohibiting one chamber from adjourning for more than 3 days without approval of the opposite chamber, the Senate has not been forced to return to floor action because they did not adjourn, but rather recessed.  There is no law regulating the length of recess of floor, allowing the Senate to stay away indefinitely, as President Fann stated in the approved motion last week.  There is little to no information available amongst the Capitol community this week, from Legislators and lobbyists alike.  But we will continue to listen to the conversation to the greatest extent possible and update you as soon as new information becomes available.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Exercise Starter Kit

FEMA released a kit to help organizations plan for resuming operations during COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The kit includes a fact sheet, sample slides, and a facilitator guide with suggested discussion questions that can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization or agency.

As organizations across the country plan for when and how to resume full operations while protecting the well-being and safety of their employees and communities, FEMA has created an Exercise Starter Kit to help organizations facilitate their own internal workshops based on reconstitution planning principles, the White House’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again and a FEMA fact sheet on “Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

The Exercise Starter Kit has been a collaborative effort by FEMA’s National Exercise Division and National Continuity Programs in support of the COVID-19 Task Force on Continuity of Operations and Essential Services.

Safe*Clean*Ready

Verde Valley businesses have embraced and implemented the Safe*Clean*Ready reopening strategy to communicate to specific audiences that the Verde Valley is safe, clean and ready to follow the CDC and Governor’s guidelines for re-opening the economy. Check each community’s website for additional details. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20AuUwvSKkg

Shout Out to Verde Valley Schools

We would just like to give a shout out to all Verde Valley schools. When the Coronavirus outbreak first occurred Yavapai County schools were asked to share their PPE resources with 1st responders and healthcare workers due to schools being shut down. Verde Valley schools stepped up to the plate and hit a home run! Thank you, Superintendents, for your commitment to the health of our front-line workers. We are doing everything we can to ensure you are well situated for the reopening of schools.

Camp Verde Unified: 8000 masks; 300 gloves
Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary: 15,000 masks; 500 gloves
Beaver Creek Elementary: 3000 masks, 1000 gloves; 144 gowns
Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary: 4500 masks; 2000 gloves
Sedona Unified: 6000 masks; 3000 gloves
Mingus Union: 8000 masks; 3000 gloves

 

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