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Yuma County HEOC/JIC COVID-19 DAILY UPDATE MARCH 27

Post Date:03/27/2020 3:00 PM

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Yuma County Public Health District Update

 

•           Arizona currently has 665 confirmed cases of COVID-19

•           Yuma County currently has 4 confirmed cases of COVID-19

On March 25, the Yuma County Health Department received an allocation of personal protection equipment (PPE) from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). The local Health Department distributed to local first responders including:

•           Yuma Fire

•           Yuma PD

•           San Luis Fire

•           San Luis PD

•           Ft. Yuma Indian Tribe

•           Wellton/Tri-Valley Fire

•           Tacna Fire

•           Rural Metro

•           Yuma County S.O.

•           AWC PD

 

On March 27, Yuma County Health Department distributed additional personal protective equipment (PPE) to health care providers throughout Yuma County who submitted requests via the Arizona Department of Health Services Resource Request Form. If you have a resource request, please contact Yuma County Public Health logistics chief, Mary Douglass at Mary.Douglass@yumacountyaz.gov

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has updated the community transmission level of COVID-19 in Arizona to “widespread”. This means that the virus is present and circulating in communities across the state including Yuma County. We encourage all residents to take the necessary precautions including social distancing and staying home if you are sick.  Remember to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid people who are sick, and avoid groups of 10 people or more.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces like light switches, door knobs, electronic devices, etc.
  • Stay home if you are sick so you do not expose others
  • Practice social distancing, staying 6 feet away from others

Question of the Day:  Why can’t everyone be tested for COVID-19?

Diana Gomez, Chief Health Officer, Yuma County Public Health District – “The demand for testing currently exceeds capacity nationwide. Limited supplies means prioritization of high risk populations.  At this time testing may not always be offered to people who are not experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.  Because the state of Arizona has announced widespread COVID-19 transmission we must all continue to take preventive measures including social distancing and staying home when sick. All Arizonans should assume the virus is present in their community and take the necessary precautions.”


JOINT INFORMATION CENTER (JIC) UPDATE

Questions from the public – An email has been established for questions at: COVID@yumacountyaz.gov

Questions will be collected, categorized and answered through the DAILY UPDATE at 3:00 p.m. weekdays, and a future DAILY LIVE program on YUMA 77 & Yuma County Government FACEBOOK LIVE

Thursday, March 26 – VIRTUAL JIC formally established

  • Over 20 local and Federal agencies represented

ARIZONA WESTERN COLLEGE - Completed a transition week and remote working is now a priority for all employees except essential staff. All classes are entirely online through the end of the Spring semester.

PUBLIC is urged to follow on FACEBOOK & TWITTER as well as sign up for Yuma County eNOTIFICATIONS

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