COVID-19 Update from Health and Emergency Management

Covid19NumbersMoreSept13UPDATED   September 13 ,  2021
COVID-19 Cases Increasing in our Communities

Gila County Public Health disease investigators have confirmed  167 cases during the week from Sept. 4 through  10 , which represents
"percent positivety" of 7.9 percent. 
Town-by-town totals are at right, with ages specified in the graphic below.  County, state and federal public health professionals continue to report the majority of positive new cases are with unvaccinated people - and Gila County Public Health offers free vaccinations and covid-19 tests, staff conduct in-house serology, PCR, and antigen tests. Results are available in 10-15 minutes for each test.
To make an appointment today please call  
Covid19NumbersSept13GLOBE (928) 961-1284
or PAYSON (928) 200-7668

Gila County Public Health offers Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna vaccines - and staff host clinics
throughout our county, encouraging all residents to get vaccinated. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved
for 12 years of age and older. Therefore, any resident over the age of 12 can make an appointment with our
local health department to get a vaccine - please note that ages 12-17 require a parent or guardian
to be present and give permission for the vaccine.
Vaccine Clinic Dates This Week

Sept. 15, Wednesday , the Pfizer vaccine will be administerd at the Payson High School dome, 301 South McLane Road.
Either first or second dose,  and available from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. to anyone age 12 and older.  Please note that ages 12-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  To schedule an appointment call 928-910-4009 OPTION 1.

Sept. 18, Saturday, from 10:00 a.m.  - 2:00  p.m. Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine FREE clinic in Miami at the Alicia Garcia Senior Center.
The Pfizer vaccine is available to anyone over age 12, and ut please note that ages 12-17 require a parent or guardian to be present and chaperone the recipient to the clinic. To schedule an appointment call 928-910-4009 OPTION 1


Read daily reports and keep up-to-date about testing, future availability of vaccines,and more like and follow 

More Testing Options 

Canyonlands Healthcare in Globe offers weekday covid-19  testing in Globe, by appointment.
Questions?  Or to schedule an appointment, call Canyonlands Healthcare at (928) 402. 0491
on weekdays 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.   (closed over lunch hour 12-1) 
 Follow these prevention guidelines to help prevent infection: similar to the flu: fever, coughingand shortness of breath -- and most recover at home.  

•  Federal, State and County public health departments recommend wearing cloth face coveringsin all public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain -- such as grocery stores and pharmacies
• Stay home when you are sick
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, immediately dispose of  tissues in the trash
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

CoronavirusGraphic2Read updates at official and verified sources - such as Arizona Department of Health Services website 

which includes a map showing numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases
in each county across AZ

Like and follow AZDHS on Facebook for daily updates

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Read more - and download the USChamber Small Business ELA Loan Guide 2020

 • The Arizona Poison Control System is also available to answer questions about COVID-19 from Arizona providers (for testing and patient guidance) and the general public (for testing, isolation, and quarantine guidance) at 1-844-542-8201

  Gila County's Health and Emergency Management team have tracked the disease since

 January, 2020 and are in direct daily contact with state and federal medical experts to keep local residents updated - and healthy.  Gila County's Health and Emergency Management also leads a daily conference call including police and fire first responders, local hospitals in Globe and Payson; and elected leaders of the county, Globe, Payson and other towns within Gila County. Locally, Gila County's Health and Emergency Management  team continues to vigorously monitor COVID-19; providing daily updates to community leaders and healthcare partners -- accurate information to share with local residents.  

“We constantly prepare and plan to deal with air-borne disease in general, which  prepares us well to respond to COVID-19 cases too,” said Joshua Beck, Manager of
 Gila County’s COVID-19 response team. “Gila County has focused much attention on pandemic planning and preparedness over the past five years; this means that response agencies across Gila County are skilled in coordinating efforts to protect our communities from the threat of diseases like COVID-19. The only way we get through any infectious disease is by cooperation and awareness - keep family members home when they are sick, stay home from work when we are sick, cover our cough

Again:  get your information from verified, official and trusted sources. Gila County's Health and Emergency Management posts frequent updates at s and keep our hands washed. Sounds simple enough, but as a community, these small actions can make all the difference. While we have not had any cases of COVID-19 in Gila County; however, counts continue to rise across  Arizona and we expect to see additional cases - quite possibly here in Gila County.”

Public Health officials reiterated that  most illnesses from COVID-19 have been managable without requiring hospitalization,  and that 

Avoid close contact with people who are sick - and avoid crowds. Federal and State health officials advise meetings be limited to ten people or fewerpatients recover at home.
Still ,  they urge residents to take this outbreak seriously,  and follow preventative measures:

Even with family, friends and coworkers who appear healthy maintain a 'social distance' of at least six feet to prevent respiratory infection

-      Stay home if you  are at higher risk, such as older adults, because risk increases with age 
-      Stay home if you  have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease,  diabetes or lung disease 
Seniors and those with hronic medical conditions  must take special precautions to reduce their risk of getting sick -- maintaining distance, even  from family and close friends,  will help protect those who are most vulnerable. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure to the virus and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. Those considered most at risk for contracting the virus are individuals with travel to an area where COVID-19 is spreading or individuals in close contact with a person under investigation for COVID-19. If you recently traveled to an area where COVID-19 is spreading and have developed fever with cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you may need to be seen at your local hospital emergency room/urgent care center. Please call the emergency room/urgent care center to get instructions before going in.

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Local Closures  -- Verified News

The Arizona Silver Belt newspaper updates Globe-Miami closures and news

 The Payson Roundup website has up-to-date Rim Country closures and news 

 Globe Miami Times is helping share state and federal updates at 
and Facebook

GLOBE Radio Stations
KQSS broadcasts on 101.9 FM  and also 1240 AM
and on Facebook

KIKO radio 96.5  FM 

PAYSON radio stations  
KMOG 1420 AM & 103.3 FM

 KRIM 96.3 FM