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, including testing locations and food banks on our interactive map. Please feel free to contact us via email at 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.
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  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.
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
  • 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.  
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.
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 @, 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  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
. . . . . the calendar crew  
April 7 
th Morning Update – Yavapai County Community Health Services
Yavapai County stands at 57 Cases – No Additional Cases

La Paz
Santa Cruz
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
  • 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: and en español:
For more information, see
Terri Farneti
Public Health Coordinator
Yavapai County Community Health Services
(928) 442-5596
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AZ Business Webinar 4/7/2020

AZ Businesses, if you miss this webinar but are interested, please go to the registration site for further information on upcoming information and previous content.
Arizona Commerce Authority will present the second webinar in their COVID-19 series
Workforce Continuity & Strategy

This informational sessions is designed to provide guidance, tools and resources to all of Arizona’s businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The Arizona Commerce Authority will join experts from the Small Business Administration, their Office of Economic Opportunity team, and the Arizona Department of Economic Security to discuss how to:

  • Avoid employee furloughs and strategize alternative options
  • Navigate the Payroll Protection Program and the impact on your cash flow by rehiring your previously laid-off employees
  • Address federal and state guidelines on reduced work hours due to COVID-19 and UI eligibility
  • Connect with the Department of Economic Security and Office of Economic Opportunity to support employees
Click Here to Register for the Webinar:
  •  confirmation email with the Zoom link will be provided upon registration. If the confirmation email is not received, please email
Please visit and for more information.
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Dear Neighbors
“This is an email from our Beaver Creek Librarians about finding books to read that are out in the little lending libraries within our Rimrock/Lake Montezuma/McGuireville community.  These are the ones that were originally sponsored by the Friends of Beaver Creek Library.  Folks visiting the little libraries should gather items wearing kitchen dishwashing gloves or other gloves, place them in bags and quarantine the items for 3 days, then put on gloves again and wipe the items off with lysol sprayed on a paper towel or disinfecting wipes containing alcohol.  We are quarantining books in the library in this way.”
from Stuart, Lora and Beth -The Beaver Creek Librarians miss our patrons and remind everyone to ‘social distance, wash hands and stay healthy!’.”
The Beaver Creek Adult Center library is open from 9 AM to Noon, Monday through Friday.  Gloves and wipes are available to use and anyone is welcome to borrow books or movies.
. . . . . the calendar crew  
Little Lending Libraries Beaver Creek Area   As of 6/2017
Rimrock: Intersection of Towers Dr. and Goldmine Rd.
                Steward: Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
                Builder: Mike Schmitz
Lake Montezuma: 3700 block, Montezuma Ave.
               Stewards: Ron and Darla Melcher
              Builder: Mike Schmitz
                                 4100 block, Pine Dr.
                 Stewards: Kenn and Lora Trout
                Builder: Mike Schmitz
                                 4000 block, Yuma Circle
                 Steward: Louise Fitzgerald
                 Builder: Randy
                                 4200 Block, E. Shade Rd. (The Haven)
                Steward: Annie Jackson
                Builder: Mike Schmitz
McGuireville: Feed Store
                 Steward: Gary Savage
Friends of Beaver Creek Library encourages placing little lending libraries throughout our community. Want more info? Talk to FBCL Board members and/or visit                                 
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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
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:
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 for the details.
Today is Census Day:   Make sure you and your family are counted!
For up-to-date information, visit our website: .
Bryan Thomas
Crime Prevention Specialist
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
255 E. Gurley St. Prescott,  AZ 86301
(928) 777-7223