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YuCount Newsletter APRIL 2020


Post Date:04/03/2020 2:45 PM

I know that everyone is inundated right now with COVID-19 information, and a lot of misinformation as well. My suggestion is to only look at and believe reliable sources of information, which include the Yuma County website COVID-19 page, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADOHS website and Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Please restrict your exposure to social media and news channels that provide a 24/7 barrage of repetitive and unverified stories, rumors and misinformation. These do not help; they just increase our stress levels. You need a break from these outlets so you can build and maintain a positive and realistic frame of mind. Try not to worry about things you have no control over. Concentrate on those things you can control and do something about. You control your thoughts, feelings, words, choices and actions. Choose positive and productive ones.

The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing its effects on the Yuma County community. We will see more cases and more hospitalizations. No one knows when the pandemic will end, but it will end. We will get through this together.

Even though the news seems to be "all COVID, all the time" there are good things happening around the world and here at home. We just aren't talking about them. Every day people get married, have anniversaries and birthdays, children are born, and life goes on. Please take the time to reflect on the good things in your own life and to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.

We can, and should, be a part of the fight against COVID-19 by practicing “common sense” in taking care of ourselves and our loved ones. Most importantly: follow the CDC guidelines and the messages we have shared about frequent handwashing, sanitizing surfaces, not touching your face and keeping your distance from others (6 feet). Whether you are at work or at home, follow these rules. You may literally save someone's life by your actions.

On another very important note, please COMPLETE THE CENSUS online for your household. It takes less than 10 minutes and will impact our community for the better for the next 10 years!  Go to to get started.

Yuma County cares about you and wants you to be safe and healthy, so you can proudly serve our community. Thank you for being here and for bringing your talents to our organization.

Susan K. Thorpe
Yuma County Administrator

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Paid Sick and Expanded Family and Medical Leave-English

Paid Sick and Expanded Family and Medical Leave-Spanish

April Fun Facts: 
  • It is the second month of spring.
  • In the Southern Hemisphere, April is the same as October in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • The diamond is the birthstone of April and symbolizes innocence.
  • The Boston Marathon is held during April.
  • People born in the first part of the month between March 21st and April 19th are said to be born under the sign of Aries the Ram.  Those born from April 20th to May 20th are born under Taurus, the Bull.

Yuma County Human Resources Benefits Division challenges you to download the Blue Cross Blue Shield Telehealth app, BlueCare Anywhere or get started on your computer at The BlueCare Anywhere app is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays. Visit with a medical professional within minutes of signing in without having to leave your home/office. A typical visit is about 10 minutes depending your situation. A prescription can be sent to your selected pharmacy, a return to work authorization can be provided, and a summary of your visit is also available for your records. To make it easier for you to use BlueCare Anywhere, the copay will be waived for the next 90 days. You’ll pay $0 out-of-pocket through June 12, 2020, anytime you use BlueCare Anywhere. This applies to both medical and behavioral health telehealth visits.

Employees who are covered under the Yuma County Employee Benefit Trust (YCEBT) who download and register with the BlueCare Anywhere Telehealth app between April 1st through May 1st will receive an incentive sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Arizona. BCBS of AZ will send the Benefits Division a list of all the employees that signed up for the BlueCare Anywhere. Human Resources Benefits will notify you after May 7, 2020.

Now, the challenge begins! Are you ready to take it on?
We want to update you regarding our response to various benefit activities that are scheduled in the upcoming weeks. Human Resources is suspending all trainings and various group activity events for the next eight weeks, 03/16/20 through 05/08/2020 to resume in the month of May due to recent national and state of emergency declarations concerning the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.  

Open Enrollment Educational Sessions
The in-person educational sessions have been cancelled. A voice over PowerPoint presentation is available on your employee portal The presentation is available in English and Spanish.

Sweat to, Shred It Challenge – Challenge postponed
More information to come on new challenge in upcoming months.

Lunch and Learns will resume in May.

If you have any questions regarding the COVID-19 protocol, please contact HR regarding your safety concerns or contact the health district regarding health concerns at 1-844-542-8201.  It is available 24 hours a day, 7days a week.

Yuma County’s Annual Open Enrollment will begin Tuesday, April 14, 2020 through Thursday, May 14, 2020.  Human Resources Benefits wants to make this open enrollment simple and stress free for you and your dependents. 
Our 2020-2021 Plan Year Open Enrollment is a “Passive” Open Enrollment. 
What is a passive open enrollment?
A passive open enrollment allows an employee to simply carry over their previous year elections to the new plan without having to verify, change or update their benefit elections.  There is one exception to the passive enrollment. IRS guidelines require an active election each plan year if you participate in one or all of the following accounts: Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) and/or Health Savings Account (HSA).  Human Resources Benefits will send a separate email to current members to inform them to make their plan year deductions for July 1, 2020 through June 30,2021.
Please keep in mind, if you would like to add or remove dependents from your medical, dental, and vision plans, increase your supplemental, spouse and dependent life insurance or change plan options, you will need to login to
We do understand that many medical providers are postponing or not scheduling routine preventive visits.  Therefore, the Wellness Incentive has been extended to July 31, 2020. The Wellness Incentive includes a routine preventive well-exam and the BCBS Health Risk Assessment (HRA) which can be found on .
Many of our employees have met the Wellness Incentive for Plan Year 2020-2021.  An email communication was sent from the Benefits Division informing you that you had met the Wellness Incentive requirement.
We will be sending email communication to notify members who have completed one of the incentive requirements and what is pending.
BlueCare Anywhere – TeleHealth Services
Employees and their dependents covered under BlueCross Blue Shield of Arizona via the Yuma County Employee Benefit Trust (YCEBT) have access to the BlueCare Anywhere telehealth app. 
Get started at, or download the BlueCare Anywhere telehealth app.
Don’t have Blue Cross?  Here are other resources for visiting an online Physician:
If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits Division at 373-1013 or at
Chris Coolman, Branch Library Assistant I-Youth (Foothills Branch Library), has been chosen as the Yuma County Library District’s Employee of the Month for April 2020. This award is to recognize an employee that inspires us with their effort and attitude. Chris received a mounted certificate, a nameplate in the book of his choice, an Employee of the Month pin, and his photo will be hung at the Foothills Branch Library during the month of April.
Congratulations, Chris!

1.    Bookflix: Animated books for young readers
2.    Hoopla: eBooks, audiobooks, movies & music
3.    Kanopy: Films, documentaries, TV shows, & "Kanopy Kids"
4.    OverDrive/Libby: eBooks & audiobooks
5.    RBdigital: eMagazines, comic books, eBooks, & audiobooks
6.    Tumblebooks: Picture books & videos for young readers
Take advantage of the many online resources the Library offers. Link: Yuma Library Online Resources

Need a crash course on YCLD's eResources? Click on the "Tutorials" button (located on the right side of our homepage) and discover Yuma Library Academy, a collection of videos and instructions on how to use our most popular online services


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