Brush Fire & Lots of Info 6/3/2020

Dear Neighbors
As if there wasn’t enough going on in our country and state, Beaver Creek had a close call with a brush fire running on the east side of I-17 between MP 293 (McGuireville) and north to about MP 296. The northbound lanes were closed while fire crews defeated the flames. This could have been a tragedy for families in Beaver Creek if the fire had continued further eastward. POBs (pats on back) to MANNY ROMERO for the fine photos and videos of the event which are posted on the Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CopperCanyonFMD/videos/255205849128650 
However, earlier in the day, Jodi Rooney spoke at the State Transportation Board meeting in support of replacing our inadequate I-17 interchange and bridge in McGuireville. She is a transportation professional and a candidate for the Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor office. Her work is a follow up to the fine letter of support for this project sent to that board in April and to the presentations from the BCCA Board last year. Her words:
“You have helped us with many projects over the years and it is our intention to continue to be innovative and follow through.  We also appreciate Board Member Gary Knight representing us.
I-17, by its nature, requires multiple improvement and maintenance.  ADOT, FHWA and regional partners have always stepped up.  Our current national economic situation has required us all to sacrifice.  We are seeing this with the tentative 5-year program.  While we understand this, I speak to and ask that I-17 continue to remain a priority.  Specifically, project H68000, study roadway widening, design, construction – I-17 from Anthem Way TI to Cordes Junction (over $300 million).
I believe Supervisor Thurman sent a letter last month regarding the McGuireville TI.  I ask that you keep this on the radar. 
This ‘N That
  • Please complete the 10 census questions for your household altogether or individually. Just get it done! www.2020census.gov. (See flyer below)  Add /jobs to get that info.
  • The weekly Food Share at Beaver Creek School will be open for drive thru every Thursday in June & July from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. The 2nd Saturday food distribution will continue as always from 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM. (See flyer below)
  • Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle have now opened trails for public use. Montezuma Well remains closed. (BCCA has sent a written request to open the trails and picnic area at the well.) (See flyer below)
  • The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meetings will resume in person meeting after July 1. Meanwhile here is the streaming info for today’s meeting: live stream by going to www.Yavapai.us/District2 and this is the link to the agenda https://destinyhosted.com/agenda.
    • On Monday, June 1, the Yavapai County Recorder’s office opened for in person services.
    • The Yavapai County Planning & Zoning Commissions and Board of Adjustments will resume meetings in September using social distancing and other safety protocols.
Taking fire precautions,
. . . . . the calendar crew  
  
MONTEZUMA CASTLE AND TUZIGOOT NATIONAL MOUMENTS ARE BEGINNING TO INCREASE RECREATIONAL ACCESS TO OUTDOOR SPACES.
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are increasing recreational access to trails and outdoor spaces. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
 
Beginning June 5 th , 2020, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will reopen access to:
  • Outside trails at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot
  • Picnic areas at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
  • Visitor Centers
  • Park Stores
  • Museums
  • Restrooms
  • Montezuma Well (Entire Unit)
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are also observing Stage II Fire Restrictions.    During this stage, the following is prohibited:
  • Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including use of charcoal or briquettes.
  • The use of stoves or grills that are solely fueled by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) are allowed.
  • Operating internal combustion power tools, such as a chainsaw or other equipment, between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Generators with an approved spark arresting device in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the generator are allowed
  • Welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle.  Deposit butts in an ashtray, do not toss or discard on the road or surrounding ground.
  • The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At The Verde Valley Monuments, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
    While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders (https://www.yavapai.us/chs), practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. 

    We have amazing virtual tours of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot all of the time, so for people who are still home schooling or not traveling at this time check out www.nps.gov/moca or www.nps.gov/tuzi.

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    Food Boxes and Books, Covid Update 5/13/2020

    Dear Neighbors
    Food boxes are being delivered to Beaver Creek School for community pick up from 9:30 to 10:30 AM tomorrow (Thursday) thanks to Yavapai County Staff and coordination by Marlyn Van Keuren, District 2 Executive Assistant. It will be drive through with delivery to your vehicle. Yes, you may pick up for a friend, relative or neighbor. Just be prepared to give a name and number in the household for each box. Please call your neighbors who do not have Internet service and might not get this information. We do encourage neighbors to pick up and take care of the food for those who are at work and cannot make this time. If we should run out of food, we will take your name and get more on Friday.
    The Beaver Creek Public Library (located next to BC School) is now open for curbside service from 10:30 AM to 6 PM Mondays through Thursdays and form 9 AM to 3 PM on Friday. There will not be Saturday service for a while. Please call in or email your requests and arrange a pickup time. 928-567-4034. Registration for the Summer Reading Program for families ends on Friday. Detailed information is below. Please call 928-567-4034 for a registration form. There is a mailbox by the library door to receive registration forms.
    The Yavapai County Community Health Service Update is below. Sadly, as of last weekend, Beaver Creek is no longer zero for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Free testing is again available at the Spectrum on Mingus. Last Saturday, one of our residents entered at 11:40 and exited after having been swabbed at 11:48 AM. There is also information regarding a rare but concerning threat to small children and a review of the drug Remdesivir.
    Here is a link to the new Pandemic Unemployed Assistance for the self-employed, independent contractors and gig works. This just became available yesterday. https://pua.azdes.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx
    Enjoying the cooler weather,
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
    May 12 
    th Update – Yavapai County Community Health Services
    Yavapai County reports 221 COVID-19 Cases, Additional Recoveries
    Apache
    744
    Coconino
    720
    Cochise
    43
    Graham
    20
    Greenlee
    2
    Gila
    19
    La Paz
    22
    Maricopa
    6,219
    Mohave
    207
    Navajo
    1,017
    Pima
    1,623
    Pinal
    636
    Santa Cruz
    51
    Yavapai
    221
    Yuma
    207
    159,092 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19 with 11,736 positive cases and 562 deaths. Yavapai County has tested 5,320 residents (4,083 PCR tests, 1,237 antibody tests), 221 positives, 20 recovered, and deaths.  The YCCHS staff continue to critically assess test data. VVMC reports no hospitalizations from COVID-19, with 10 persons under investigation (PUI).  YRMC reports hospitalizations with COVID-19, PUIs on West Campus, on the East Campus.  The VA has no COVID-19 hospitalizations or PUIs.
    New Developments in COVID-19:
    Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome – Rare, but Concerning
    The coronavirus has largely spared children. Most confirmed to be infected have had only mild symptoms, but pediatricians across the world have recently started to alert epidemiologists to cases of a new disease preliminarily named Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome, which is likely related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Parents need to be aware of this syndrome; however, they do not need to panic.
    Symptoms can include fever, rash, reddish eyes, swollen lymph nodes and sharp abdominal pain. They do not usually include two common hallmarks of Covid-19: cough and shortness of breath.  The syndrome can bear some resemblance to a rare childhood illness called Kawasaki disease, but as doctors learn more, they are emphasizing that the two conditions are not the same.
    What is Remdesivir?  Remdesivir doesn’t cure coronavirus.  The experimental drug, which may speed up recovery from a COVID-19 infection, may be the best treatment we have against a virus that’s on a global rampage.  Late last week, the FDA authorized emergency use (AEU) of the antiviral drug, however no drugs are currently FDA-approved for treating COVID-19, and Remdesivir will still need formal approval. The move for AEU came on the heels of preliminary results from a clinical trial that found patients treated with Remdesivir had a 31 percent faster recovery than those who received a placebo. Average recovery was shortened to 11 days from 15 days, and the drug also slightly decreased the likelihood of dying from COVID-19.
    Supply of Remdesivir is limited, and its currently reserved for the sickest COVID-19 patients – those with blood oxygen levels at or below 94 percent and who require supplemental oxygen.  The White House and FEMA have stepped in to help coordinate distribution.
    ·      For Yavapai County data and COVID-19 Resources for Re-Opening, www.yavapai.us/chs
    ·      The Yavapai Emergency Phone Bank – 928-442-5103 M-F, 8-5.  Weekends, call 2-1-1.
    Terri Farneti
    Public Health Coordinator
    Yavapai County Community Health Services
    (928) 442-5596
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    Food Update, Help Needed, Testing Blitz News 4/29/2020

    Dear Neighbors
    Our District 2 Supervisor and his Executive Assistant have alerted us to a need for volunteer assistance in the Mayer area of this district.  Starting tomorrow AM, there will be Food Shares at three locations every other week.  If you would like to help with this drive by food distribution, please be at the Mayer Elementary School, 12568 E Main Street by 8 AM for an hour and a half to serve those who come for food.  Or meet at the Ranch House parking lot at 7 AM if you would like a ride or want to convoy together.  The food is from St Mary’s Food Bank and packed and delivered by Manzanita Outreach.  A typical food box is shown.  
     
    More information and a COVID 19 update is below, again provided by District 2.  Several readers have asked about testing without a Dr referral.  At last that is available at the Blitz sites, see below.  Preregistration may be made online for the Spectrum locations which will test the next three Saturdays, link below.
     
    If you receive SSI and have a child, there is a May 5 deadline to complete requirements to receive the $500 stimulus payment for the child this year.  See below.
     
    Guidelines for Opening up America and sources of economic information are also below.  Please share the information with friends and neighbors.  
     
    Beaver Creek is still fortunate in having no COVID positive cases in our zip code.  
    Stay Safe but continue to be a community,
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
    Good morning District 2,
    We have posted information for the public on our website,  www.yavapai.us/District2 including testing locations and food banks on our interactive map. Please feel free to contact us via email at  District2@yavapai.us if you have any questions or leave a voicemail on our office phone 928-771-3393.
    Yavapai County Community Health Services  reported that we now have 80 COVID-19 Cases 68,813 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19 with 7,202 positive cases and 304 deaths. Yavapai County has tested 2,321 residents, with 2,241 tests negative and 80 positives, recovered, and 2 deaths.  The Epidemiologist received two additional cases overnight.  VVMC reports hospitalization from COVID-19, and 13 persons under investigation (PUI) as of yesterday afternoon. YRMC reports 3 hospitalizations with COVID-19, with 11 PUIs on West Campus, on the East Campus. The VA reports no COVID-19 
    hospitalizations or PIUs.
    Tests
    For the next three Saturdays, Spectrum Healthcare will be participating in the Arizona  Testing Blitz  at their 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 is also participating in the “Blitz” – Free COVID-19 Drive Through Testing Clinic 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.
    For both locations, 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.   Restrictions on testing have relaxed, so getting a COVID-19 test is an accurate way to go.
    Verde Valley Medical Drive-Thru Testing – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. –  There is a drive-up COVID-19 collection site at VVMC to collect specimens. The site will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Financial Information
    Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Small Business Bootcamp Webinars –  In this challenging time for Arizona’s small businesses, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) has instituted Small Business Bootcamp webinars.  The Bootcamp will provide daily touchpoint sessions featuring expertise from community business leaders over the next several weeks to connect with mentors, learn strategies to help navigate this uncertain environment, and prepare for a strong re-entry once the state begins our economic recovery process.  If interested, please see the information at their website
    Social Security Administration and Congressman O’Halleran’s Office, Judy Sulltrop –  Please share the attached resource guide on Economic Impact Payments. Also attached are talking points (in English and Spanish) you may use in assisting SSI benefit recipients.  You can also find this resource, and more information, on our
    Please also pay special attention if you assist SSI recipients:
    • Note the May 5th deadline-and the important necessary steps-for SSI recipients who did not file a 2019 or 2018 tax return and who have a child to receive $500 economic impact payments now for their children.
    • How SSI recipients can and cannot receive these $500 economic impact payments now.
    • Missing the May 5 deadline will require the SSI recipient to wait until next year to file a tax year 2020 tax return to get those $500 payments.
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    Marlyn Van Keuren
    Executive Assistant
    Supervisor Thomas Thurman
    Yavapai County is sad to announce we have another death to report. 
     
    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 experts.
    These 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.
    Thank you Judy Sulltrop (Office of Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)  AND Mayor German for sending the attached  DEMA update and information below.
     
    Governor’s Office Updates:
    • The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is launching a new initiative – a Small Business Bootcamp & Resource Collective. The program will be a statewide initiative designed to help Arizona small businesses emerge from this crisis stronger than ever.
      • The Bootcamp will provide daily touchpoint sessions featuring expertise from community business leaders over the next several weeks to connect with mentors, learn strategies to help navigate this uncertain environment, and prepare for a strong re-entry once the state begins our economic recovery process.
      • Each session occurs daily from 9 – 10 a.m.
      • Tomorrow: Sources of Quick Cash. Register HERE.
      • Wednesday: Engaging with your Banker and Considering Alternative Sources of Funding. Register HERE.
    • Turf Paradise Race Course owner Jerry Simms has personally donated $1 million to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund; Turf Paradise also recently donated $25,000 worth of food to St. Mary’s Food Bank
    • HERE is a policy primer released today about Expanding Testing in Arizona
    • As a reminder: The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act signed into law last week extends funding for PPP. Small businesses should apply ASAP. View the participating lenders in Arizona HERE.
    ADHS Updates:
    • ADHS continues to work to enhance testing within Arizona and participated on calls with the White House Coronavirus Task Force on Saturday and with Governor Ducey on a White House call this morning.
    • Today, ADHS, in partnership with Governor Ducey,  announced the Arizona Testing Blitz, a three-day event to increase COVID-19 testing in Arizona on May 2, May 9, and May 16. Partners for this event currently include Banner Health and Walgreens, although the list is expected to grow over the coming days. An up to date list of participating sites will be available at www.azhealth.gov/testingblitz.
    • Additional information about the process to resume elective surgeries per Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-32 is now posted online, including the exemption request form. We will share FAQs as they are available.
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    eNews 4/10/2020

    Dear Neighbors
    Yes, there will be a food bank at Beaver Creek School tomorrow, Saturday, morning from 7:45 AM to 9 AM.  This time it will be a drive through at the front of the school.  There are generally fruit & veggies, meat, bread, and what ever St Mary’s Food Bank has for us.  Any one is welcome to participate.
    On another note, the Yavapai County District 2 website has links and information on about everything that you would want to know about COVID-19 information, health services, county services, Arizona services, the Governor’s executive orders, etc.  Please scroll down because links from several days ago may be the ones that are useful for your needs or information.  http://www.yavapai.us/district2  
    Big POBs (Pats on Back) and many thank you’s to Supervisor Thurman and his executive assistant Marlyn Van Keuren for their continuous hard work to keep us all up to date.  They do it almost daily.  And an additional thank you to Marlyn who drove around District 2, which is huge, on March 31 delivering gloves to those of us who are packing and distributing food from food banks.  We    her.
    ready to go get food,
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
    Good Afternoon, (April 9)
    Hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy.
    DISTRICT 2 UPDATE 
    from Marlyn Van Keuren
    1. Press Release from the National Prescott Forest Service – guidelines for preventing the spread while enjoying the outdoors. See attached Responsible Recreation.
    2. Reminder from our Mayor Justice Court, that the courts are still open. Thank you Judge Rummer for your service.
    3. MAYOR’S VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING – For the Faith Based Community and Mental Health – The City of Prescott will hold 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.
    4. Governor Doug Ducey today announced that Arizonans currently receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use benefits for online food purchases with currently-authorized SNAP online retailers, Walmart and Amazon. This change will help limit social interaction for Arizona’s most vulnerable while ensuring SNAP recipients receive needed food assistance. See email for full Press Release.
    5. New Executive Order singed today to help boost medical staffing levels and provide certainty and liability protections to health care professionals serving on the front lines. The order provides protections to health care professionals treating patients during the COVID-19 health emergency, while also protecting patients against negligence or reckless misconduct. For more Go to Link on District 2 web page http://www.yavapai.us/district2  for all the Executive Orders.
    6. Yavapai County Business Assistance & Displaced Employees Community Forum
      April 14, 2020
    2:00pm to 3:30pm (via Zoom)
    In an effort to support Yavapai County Businesses and displaced workers navigate through the difficulties they are experiencing due to the COVID-19 crisis, this webinar will touch on the following items:
    NACOG  – Unemployment & other resources for workers
    SBDC – Overview of SBA loan programs available
    ARIZONA@WORK - Jobs available & unemployment assistance
    REDC – Online Job Fair
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    YCCHS Briefing 4/7/2020

    Dear Neighbors
    From the previous YCCHS briefing: 
    Yavapai County has experienced its first confirmed COVID-19 death.
    The Yavapai County resident passed away on Saturday, April 4th. YCCHS Director, Leslie Horton shared “My heart is with the family, friends and neighbors as they grieve this loss. This sadness is shared by our entire county as we work together to do what we can to keep each other safe during this difficult time.
    This is a reminder to all of us to do what we can to protect our families, friends, and communities by following the guidelines that are created to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and future tragedies like this. We all must do our part to protect those who are most vulnerable to this illness.”
    Want to Help? A big way people can help is by donating any surgical masks, N95 respirators, gloves, gowns and other medical supplies they have. To donate these items to the Yavapai County EOC, please call 771-3321 or email josh.goldman@yavapai.us.
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
    April 7 
    th 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; 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.
    For Employment & Financial Assistance and More:
    https://arizonatogether.org/ and en español: https://arizonatogether.org/es/
    For more information, see www.yavapai.us/chs
    Terri Farneti
    Public Health Coordinator
    Yavapai County Community Health Services
    (928) 442-5596
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    YC Health Services Update 4/1/2020

    Dear Neighbors

    Yavapai County has 31 Cases of COVID-19; First Minor
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
    For Immediate Release
    4/1/2020 3:52 PM
    For further information, contact: Terri Farneti, Public Health Coordinator
    928.442.5596
    April 1st Afternoon Update – Yavapai County Community Health Services
    Yavapai County has 31 Cases of COVID-19; First Minor
    21,058 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19.   619 residents have been tested in Yavapai County, with  591 tests being negative. We now have  31 positive cases in Yavapai County , 19 residents in the Quad-Cities area, and  12 in the Verde Valley area have been affected; 13 seniors 65+, 17 adults 18-64; 1 minor. 17 males, 14 females.  YRMC has reported 2 of the 3 patients hospitalized have been discharged, so only 1 remains in the hospital. The YCCHS Epidemiologist will be following up with the released patients as they recover at home.
    ·       COVID-19 is widespread in Arizona.  Everyone should assume COVID-19 is in their community.
    ·       The Yavapai Emergency Phone Bank – 928-442-5103
    ·       COVID-19 Hotline call 2-1-1 from 8 to 8 p.m. each day of the week
    ·       COVID-19 information en español   and Governor’s site:  https://arizonatogether.org/es
    Governor Ducey’s Executive Order – Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected through 4/30
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order is in effect requiring residents to stay home unless they have an urgent need to go out for specific allowable purposes – such as grocery shopping, trips to the pharmacy or the bank, and to periodically exercise at a space of six feet apart from others.  The Attorney General has stated law enforcement’s goal is to educate and inform, however by state statute this order can be enforced, with an opportunity to comply.   Here’s the link to the Executive Order.
    COVID-19 Town Hall Meeting Thursday Night at 6:00 p.m.
    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has announced plans for a statewide town hall meeting that will air on all the state’s television stations.  It will be an hour-long conversation about the latest information regarding the coronavirus pandemic. There will be no live audience at the town hall. However, members of the public can submit “virtual questions” in advance through local television and media outlets across the state.
    City of Prescott is hosting a Small Business Virtual Town Hall on Friday, April 3 @ 1:00 p.m.
    Mayor Mengarelli will host a virtual “Town Hall Meeting” for Prescott’s small business owners from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. via Zoom.  This meeting will give local business owners the opportunity to receive updates from representatives of local government, the Yavapai College Small Business Development Center, Northern Arizona Council of Governments, and the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. Participants can ask questions regarding the Governor’s Executive Orders.  Go to  www.prescott.az-gov/city-management/communications/covid-19 for the details.
    Today is Census Day:   Make sure you and your family are counted!  https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2020/census-day.html
    For up-to-date information, visit our website:   www.yavapai.us/chs .
    Bryan Thomas
    Crime Prevention Specialist
    Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
    255 E. Gurley St. Prescott,  AZ 86301
    (928) 777-7223

    Local Closings and Transportation Update 3/30/2020

    Dear Neighbors
    Posted by Keith Leaman
    Today our governor announced that public and charter school districts would remain closed through the end of the semester. He also announced a statewide Stay-at-Home executive order which will be in effect at least through April 30. Essential services for groceries and medicine are exempt from this. Restaurants may continue to offer take out. Many other services that are transportation related, social or medical service related, infrastructure and/or production related are also exempt. He recommends enjoying the outdoors at a safe social distance from others. This order goes into effect Tuesday at 5 PM.
    This week we are fortunate to still have three local restaurants offering cooked meals for take-out: Robbie’s, 592-9191, El Patio, 592-0340, and Thai Garden, 592-9117. X Marks the Spot still has fresh food available, 567-4225. Our auto services, three gas stations w/minimarts, and Dollar stores remain open. Montezuma Dental is open for emergencies only. Canyon Medical is offering telemed and phone appointments and considering other. Please practice distancing at these venues while helping some of our small businesses stay afloat.
    Yavapai Apache Transit, Cottonwood Area Transit and Beaver Creek Transit are all still running. CAT services are free during the COVID-19 outbreak, YAT is $1.25, and BC Transit is free although donations are gratefully accepted. BC Transit provides rides throughout the Verde Valley for food, medical and banking. Seniors and those with disabilities have priority and we take others as driver availability permits. We p/u prescriptions from area pharmacies, p/u orders from Walmart, and both deliver food bags and drive residents to food banks.
    BCT is driving every Tuesday and Friday late afternoon to the Food Share in Camp Verde with rider pickups starting at 3:30 PM or will gladly p/u and deliver a food bag for those who have no transportation or need to stay home. First come first served, 301-2749. Multiple vehicles can be sent. The free local shuttle runs every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM stopping near the YAT signs. Beaver Creek Transit will also take local residents who need a lift to the nearest YAT stop during the week.
     And how’s the Census going? So far only 25% of Arizona households have completed it. “Everyone can complete the Census at https://my2020census.gov/. Ten Questions, Ten Minutes. Completely Confidential and 100% Secure.” Although self-response has been extended to August 14, please get it done now. No need to wait.
    Important resources:
    • Beth Franklin, 928-567-4034, Beaver Creek Library Coordinator, recommends trying out Ancestry for an interesting project while you are at home. Yavapai County Free Library District has made this program free to the public. Find it at www.ycfld.org .
    • Karin Ward, Beaver Creek School Superintendent, forwards that Suddenlink is offering to provide free Internet services for students for 60 days at locations that it serves. Families can call 1-800-251-7313 to talk to a representative. It should take about 5-7 days to establish the connection.
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
    Food Share Pick Up Information
     
    Bread of Life Food Share: Tuesdays & Fridays 4:30 PM to 6 PM at 51 E Holloman St, Camp Verde. This is a drive-thru service. Please use the entry route across from ACE Hardware. A map is below.
    Cancelled Monday, 3/23: The Bread of Life Pop Up Food Share is from 9:45 to 10:45 AM at Beaver Creek Baptist Church, 3705 E Beaver Creek Rd, in Rimrock behind the Rimrock Post Office.
    7th Day Adventist Church Food Bank: Every Wednesday from 9:30 AM to Noon at 1406 N Boothill Dr in Camp Verde.
    Kiwanis Clothes Closet Food Share: Every Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 PM in front of shop at 3095 E Beaver Creek Rd in Rimrock.
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    Food Shares, Local Biz Updates 3/23/2020

    Dear Neighbors
    This ‘n That
     
    School is still closed for students, now through April 10. Lessons and food continue to be delivered from Monday through Thursday at the Beaver Creek School bus stops.
     Montezuma Well, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot are now completely closed. However, our local trails, nearby trails and streets are great for getting exercise. Our local library still offers curbside service and great information by phone.
    Let’s support our local restaurants. Robbie’s has take out, 592-9191; El Patio does to go orders, 592-0340; and X Marks the Spot is selling staples (list below), 567-4225.
    Bread of Life has cancelled today’s Food Share Popup at Beaver Creek Baptist Church. They are concentrating on providing the drive-thru Food Share every Tuesday and Friday from 4:30 to 6 PM at the Camp Verde ramada. The Tuesday Dinner has been postponed for the time being. (Directions below). Beaver Creek Transit delivers food to 30 families and others deliver, too. If you have no transportation or can’t get out on the freeway, please call 301-2749 for a food package. Bread of Life needs volunteers.
    Manzanita Outreach has cancelled their Cornville food share but is delivering and serving other food shares in the west valley. They need more volunteers. (More information below)
    Yavapai County Emergency Operations Center EOC is open and the phone bank will be in operation  M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The number is 928-442-5103.  Questions after hours?  Call the hotline:  1-844-542-8201
    Montezuma Chapel streamed their Sunday Service yesterday. If you would like to receive the next one, call Scott & Charity Worden at 567-4804. They also provided the United Way graphic. Thank you!
    Staying busy
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
    Food Share Pick Up Information
     
    Bread of Life Food Share: Tuesdays & Fridays 4:30 PM to 6 PM at 51 E Holloman St, Camp Verde. This is a drive-thru service. Please use the entry route across from ACE Hardware. A map is below.
    Cancelled Monday, 3/23: The Bread of Life Pop Up Food Share is from 9:45 to 10:45 AM at Beaver Creek Baptist Church, 3705 E Beaver Creek Rd, in Rimrock behind the Rimrock Post Office.
    7th Day Adventist Church Food Bank : Every Wednesday from 9:30 AM to Noon at 1406 N Boothill Dr in Camp Verde.
    Kiwanis Clothes Closet Food Share : Every Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 PM in front of shop at 3095 E Beaver Creek Rd in Rimrock.
    Manzanita Outreach Updates   (now focusing on the greater Cottonwood area)
    In the last several days, Manzanita Outreach has taken or is taking the following actions:
    • Implementing CDC safety guidelines ~ Prevention
    • Added a part-time employee to maintain and expand communications amongst VV food assistance providers.
    • Moved exclusively to a drive-thru format for our food distributions. (until further notice)
    • Postponed our food distributions at Vineyard Church (89 & Zalesky) and Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cornville.  A drive-thru at these locations isn’t feasible. (not enough room for cars)
    • Handed off our Camp Verde distributions to Bread of Life Mission in order to focus on the Cottonwood community at large.
    • Developed contingency plans to scale our food distribution operations as things evolve.
    • Requested and received a verbal commitment from the CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance to support our efforts.
    • Requested and received commitment to receive an additional three semi-truckloads of food per month.
    • Scheduling volunteer groups to sort prepackaged food boxes (perishable and non-perishable food)
    • Expanded our Food Sharing schedule at Verde Valley Christian Church
      • Fridays evening from 5:00pm-7:30pm
      • Saturdays morning from 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Moved our food sharing events from St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Clarkdale to Clarkdale-Jerome school (drive-thru)
    • Changed our Food Sharing events at Verde Valley Manor and Highland Square from the farmer’s market style to home deliveries of their residents (175 total)
    • Expanding our home deliveries where necessary for Tuzigoot Village and Christian Care residents.
    • Making reminder phone calls monthly to ~400 seniors in advance of deliveries or upcoming food sharing events.
    With these changes, our immediate capacity to share food in Cottonwood will increase from 1,700 families to 2,600 families per month (53% increase).  Our mobile outreach capabilities allow us to adapt quickly and we are well-positioned and ready to expand further as the need increases.
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    Fire Station locked except for Emergency, Other Closings 3/18/2020

    Dear Neighbors
     
    Please order your reading and listening materials quickly. Closings and postponements are occurring faster than we can post them on the calendar since changes are hourly now. On the Beaver Creek Community Calendar, the known cancellations are in black (our information color) and start with CNX. Other items may also be in the process of being cancelled or rescheduled. Call ahead to make sure if a meeting is still scheduled.
    As of yesterday, the Beaver Creek Public Library is remaining open to individuals, all programs and gatherings are cancelled. The Verde Valley Cleanup (free dumping) will NOT begin tomorrow. It is cancelled at this time. Grace Community Lutheran Church has suspended all Wednesday groups and activities. The National Park Service has closed access to Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot. Only the 1/3-mile loop trail will remain open for use at Montezuma Castle.
    Both Fire Stations have signs on the doors explaining that in order to protect the first responders all doors are locked. However, if you ring the doorbell, they will respond as to an emergency and of course the outside phone rings to 911. The CCFMD Bond Advisory Committee meeting for 3/23 is cancelled.
    Cottonwood Area Transit, Yavapai Apache Transit and Beaver Creek Transit are still running currently.
    This is what we know. Other items may change before we get a report, so please call ahead. Below is what the next week and a half look like now on the calendar.
    Thank you for your patience 
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
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    Closing and Reschedules as of 3/17/2020

    Dear Neighbors                     SEE Changes and Closings in Next Post 3/18/2020 

     
    The Presidential Preference Election is ongoing today until 7 PM for registered Democrats to choose a candidate for POTUS. Voting may be done at any vote center in Yavapai County. Our closest is at the Beaver Creek Adult Center, 4250 E Zuni Way, in the Village Square across the street from the former Ranch House Restaurant. If you have an unmailed mail in ballot, it may be dropped off before 7 PM.
    The Calendar Crew has more closings and canceled meeting to report. The National Park Service has cancelled all activities for the March Archaeology and Heritage Month at Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot. All additional activities have been cancelled at Montezuma Well. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center Museum is closed. However, the Native American Pathway is open. The Friends of Beaver Creek Library meeting is cancelled. The Yavapai County Planning & Zoning Commission will not meet for the next 90 days, planning to recommence in June. The Board of Adjustment and Hearing Officer cases will be on the same hiatus. The Board of Supervisors meeting schedule will continue the same but is requesting fewer to attend and is not encouraging public participation at the meetings.
    March 13 Rainbow
    Beaver Creek School may be closed but education, food distribution, and information services continue. Meal delivery started yesterday, Monday, and homework delivery starts today. The two bus routes for meal and homework delivery are below. Also please check out the “Good Things” from Superintendent Ward. It’s amazing what such a small school can do!!
    Beaver Creek Public Library remained open as of yesterday. The Verde Valley Clean Up (Free Dumping) is still scheduled to start on Thursday. Several small group activities are still planned but subject change.
    Beaver Creek is still functioning & caring 
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
    The Good Things Happening in the Beaver Creek School
    March 2020
    March 16, 2020
    *        To the teaching staff who has come in to prepare packets for their students, thank you. I reviewed several packets. They were prepared with thoughtful academic needs for your classroom.
    *        To the cafeteria and bus staff delivering those packets on the bus routes starting Tuesday, Thank you.
    *        To the bus staff and cafeteria staff preparing and delivering meals this Monday through Thursday to our kids at bus stops, Thank you.
    *        To our families asking for work and reaching out to communicate with their children’s teachers, Thank you.
    *        Families, Thank you for supporting the president’s request to not gather in places of more than 10. Thank you for teaching our children about social distancing and about handwashing.
    *        We are here for you even if remotely, families. We will check our email, our DOJO, and our phones to communicate. Our goal is to reduce the anxiety of our children and you to the best of our ability. We know it takes a village and Beaver Creek staff and families have stepped up to continue learning with our children.
     
    Other Good Things!
    Mrs. Allie Wheeler attended Crisis Prevention Intervention trainer training in order to continue in her role as the district CPI trainer.
    The Verde Valley Sanctuary presented to our students on important topics for social emotional learning and mental health. Many teachers have expressed gratitude for these important educational sessions.
    The girls and boys basketball teams went to the small schools state tournament. The girls took third place. Thank you to all of our terrific basketball coaches!
    Although postponed, the boys baseball team was off to a great start, they have been practicing and were looking forward to their upcoming first game.
    Although postponed, Jr. Basketball was halfway through their season.  This is a volunteer run program which gives students in 1st through 4th grades an opportunity to develop their skills as basketball players.
    The STEAM Extravaganza was well attended, along with the yummy dollar per family dinner.
    Karin Ward
    Superintendent
    Beaver Creek School District
    4810 E Beaver Creek Road
    Rimrock, Arizona 86335
    928-567-4631

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