COVID-19 Update from Health and Emergency Management

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Questions and Answers About  Vaccine Distribution Schedule

What vaccine is Gila County using?
A: At this time, we are being sent and administering Moderna vaccine only. 
What group is Gila County in as of January 19 for administering the COVID-19 Vaccine?
A: Gila County has offically moved into Group 1B and is working with our community partners to vaccinate the Education & Childcare Workers and Protective Services sub-groups. Once those two groups have been completed we will begin to vaccinate the next three sub-groups of 1B that include Essential Services/Critical Industry Workers, Adults with Risk Conditions in Congregate Settings, and adults 75 and older.  Read more  Frequently Asked Questions here:
https://www.gilacountyaz.gov/government/health_and_emergency_services/health_services/vaccination_information.php
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168  DEATHS
ATTRIBUTED TO  COVID-19  IN  GiLA COUNTY
  3
,118   TOTAL  CASES  --  AND  2,427  HAVE RECOVERED

As of January  19 public health investigators confirmed 2  recent deaths of county residents, attributed to COVID-19: one from Globe and one from Miami. Of  the 156 new cases of covid-19  being investigated betwen January 15-18,
  80 are Payson residents, with another 34 from Globe
Specific statisics, Vaccine updates  and more information on Facebook 

Gila County fatalities attributed to COVID-19 now total 168  --  of these, a total of  51 are tribal members, and the   San Carlos Apache Tribe reports Tribal statistics separately -- for those totals CLICK HERE 

Community-specific covid-19 case totals are  1317 in  Payson,   1096  in Globe and 225  in Miami,  105 in  Claypool, 105  in Pine;
79 in Tonto Basin,  60  in Winkelman,  and 39 in Hayden and 37 in  Star Valley,  22 in Strawberry, 21 in Roosevelt;  9 in Young  2 in Rye/Gisela.  

The San Carlos Apache Tribe reports Tribal statistics separately -- for those totals CLICK HERE 

FREE COVID-19 TESTING MONDAY , WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY
Gila County Public Health and Emergency Management has arranged free drive-thru covid-19 testing Monday, Wednesday and Friday during business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. outside the Health Department office campus on Apache Avenue in Central Heights. Drive-thru testing is hosted in partnership with Arizona Department of Health Services and EmbryHealth during January --  continuing until further notice. Read daily reports and keep up-to-date about testing, future availability of vaccines, and more at     http://www.readygila.com/
‘Drive-thru walk-ins’ are welcome, but its wise to schedule your appointment online ahead of time at bit.ly/glbcovidtest
Public Health investigators urge Globe-Miami  and Payson residents, especifically those to be most susceptible to COVID-19 complications, to be on elevated alert about social distancing, hand washing, and being out in public places.   Gila County Public Health Department  reports  local statisics daily -- like and follow on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/gilacohealthem/

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Canyonlands Healthcare Covid-19 Testing in GlobeCoronavirus information and new reports are also posted dailyand in more detail at     http://www.readygila.com/

Canyonlands Healthcare in Globe offers weekday nasal swab testing in Globe, by appointment -- and with  a occasional days of  testing. Appointments are required on other days, but walk-ins are welcome and with no appointmen ts required on the Thursday afternoons of free testing. 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) .

Gila County Community Services posted this resource page:PAYSON --  North Country HealthCare Payson recently  offered  testing at 126 E. Main Street;  to ask about November-December testing availability or  pre-register for an appointment  call 928-468-8610.  ASU teamed-up with Gila County and other partners to offer  a free day of saliva tests recently;  view the statewide scheduled for these and sign-up at  https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-saliva-testing

Out of Work, Business Closed -- or Need Financial Help?

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 Most people who contract COVID-19  have symptoms similar to the flu: fever, coughing
and sho
rtness of breath -- and most recover at home.  

Gila County Public Health Department  reports  local statisics daily -- like and follow on Facebook  
https://www.facebook.com/gilacohealthem/

Statewide, the Arizona Department of Health reports 11,266   deaths attributable to COVID-19 
Arizona has 685,000    confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a statewide total of  more than  3.6  million tests conducted  follow these prevention guidelines to help prevent infection:

•  Federal, State and County public health departments recommend wearing cloth face coverings in all public settings where other social distancing
measures are difficult to maintain -- such as grocery stores and pharmacies
• 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
• Stay home when you are sick
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, immediately dispose of  tissues in the trash
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
• Questions about covid-19?  During weekday business hours call the Gila County Health Emergency Operations Center (928) 402-8888 
The Gila County Call Center is open for information, resources and guidance

• For Arizona's  statewide COVID-19 hotline call 2-1-1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day of the week 

Over the past six months Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has issued various executive orders related to the pandemic.  Read recent executive orders here 

https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders

 SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF 

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The United States Small Business Administration has disaster loan assistance for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters -- read more and find links to applications at 
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Declarations/DeclarationDetails?declNumber=6063290&direct=false

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

Additional executive orders from the governor's office address :
Telemedicine For Pets And Animals * Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected * Continuity Of Work *  Increasing Hospital Capacity For COVID-19 Preparedness * 
Expansion Of Telemedicine * Postponement Of Eviction Actions * Prohibiting The Closure Of Essential Services
* Ensuring Individuals Whose Employment Is Affected By COVID-19 Have Access To Unemployment Insurance * READ THESE AND MORE AT 
https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders

 • 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

• COVID-19 Hotline call 2-1-1 from 8 to 8 p.m. each day of the week
• For COVID-19 information en Espanol, see www.azdhs.gov/COVID-19

  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. 

Read 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         https://www.azdhs.gov/

and AZDHS on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/azdhs/

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 coughs 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.” 

Again:  get your information from verified, official and trusted sources. Gila County's Health and Emergency Management posts frequent updates at 
https://www.facebook.com/gilacohealthem/

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.

Trusted Information?
If you prefer social media, get true and accurate local information from  Gila County Health & Emergency Management on Facebook 

https://www.facebook.com/gilacohealthem/
for updates from official sources; like and follow the Gila County Sheriff’s Office page, too – and signup for localized emergency alerts you can receive by text, voicemail or email through Everbridge. Sign up for your choice of emergency alerts via links posted at Gila County Health & Emergency Management on Facebook, or online at http://www.readygila.com/

Local Closures  -- Verified News

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

https://silverbelt.com/health-updates?fbclid=IwAR3TaTFjIfOIZeSFwZgzgvHf-30WPKwhZHt33QfAKfgutEesHNCofllmNdo

 The Payson Roundup website has up-to-date Rim Country closures and news 
https://www.paysonroundup.com/ 

 Globe Miami Times is helping share state and federal updates at 
             https://www.globemiamitimes.com/
and Facebook       https://www.facebook.com/globemiamitimes/

GLOBE Radio Stations
KQSS broadcasts on 101.9 FM  and also 1240 AM
http://www.gila1019.com/
and on Facebook     https://www.facebook.com/KQSS101.9FM/

KIKO radio 96.5  FM 

PAYSON radio stations  
KMOG 1420 AM & 103.3 FM
https://www.kmogcountry.com/
https://www.facebook.com/1420KMOG/

 KRIM 96.3 FM
https://www.krimfm.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KrimFm/