The goal of the Stay Home • Stay Healthy • Stay Connected measures put into place by Governor Ducey is to reduce the spread of COVID-19. One of the best ways to do that is by washing your hands frequently. It turns out that a new video craze has popped up with a lot of videos and music covers to encourage hand washing. Here’s one by Peter Hollens:
Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) Director Dr. Cara M. Christ took part in an hour-long Town Hall that was broadcast across the state tonight. The answered questions and discussed current precautions as well as potential restrictions that might be used in the future.
In the meantime, the number of cases in Arizona topped 1600 and so far there have been 32 deaths.
Yavapai County now stands at 34 cases with no deaths. One remains in the hospital in the Quad Cities area with 14 people under investigation (PUI), and there are 3 patients in the Verde Valley 7 PUI.
Quad Cities: 20
Verde Valley: 14
Seniors 65+: 13
Adults 18-64: 20
The City of Prescott will be holding a Small Business Town Hall meeting online Friday, April 3 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM via Zoom.
Pima County added 20 new cases since April 1, and there have been a total of 11 deaths. Forty-five are hospitalized, with 15 in ICU.
Maricopa County leads the state in overall population, as well as COVID-19 cases, with 964.Twelve people have died. Nearly 200 have been hospitalized, with 68 in the ICU.
While Coconino County has 116 cases as of late April 2, the vast majority of the cases are in Tribal Jurisdictions. In the greater Flagstaff area, there are only 27 cases.
Graham County has had just 2 positive cases so far, both of which, the Health Department reports, have recovered. They are asking for volunteers to make cloth masks to help decrease the spread.
Yuma County is reporting 15 cases, but no deaths. The patients remain in isolation and there are no deaths. Overall, 212 residents have been tested.
The Yuma County Public Health District noted that extended isolation can affect mental health:
Yuma’s Mental Health
With the prolonged practice of physical distancing may come anxiety, or other negative impacts on our mental health. Whether it be health or financially related, being away from family and loved ones, it is not an easy time for most of us. During these unprecedented times, now more than ever, it’s important to stay connected to our friends, family, and fellow citizens. So let us not forget, physical distancing should not deter us from being socially connected. There are activities each of us can do so we can be physically distant but remain socially connected, including:
Reading a book
Write letters to family and friends
Cooking a meal with your family.
Playing online video games or board games.
Exercising (e.g., riding a bike, walking your pet, virtual workout class). Hiking a non-crowded trail.
Take a virtual tour of a zoo
Going for a drive.
Connecting with friends and family via social media/web.
Doing yard work or gardening.
Stay safe and healthy Yuma, both physically and mentally!
There are now 241 confirmed cases, with eight deaths related to COVID-19, according to Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
There will be a live Facebook forum with President Nez on Friday, April 3 at 10 AM to discuss the number of confirmed cases, response efforts, medical supplies and Public Health orders.
County Health Department List & Links
Apache County: Website
Navajo County and Navajo Nation
Navajo County: Website
Total Cases: 88
Pima County: Website
Pinal County Website
Other Website Resources
Arizona Together: Arizona Together
New Google Website