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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