Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls issued the following statement Thursday concerning the COVID-19 virus and its implications for Yuma:
At this time, Yuma has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus. The truth is, like the transmission of the flu virus, Yuma will eventually have the COVID-19 virus. We need to make sure this does not cause panic in Yuma. By taking personal responsibility, utilizing common sense and following proactive measures, we can minimize its impact on ourselves and the community. Using an abundance of caution for ourselves, families and coworkers, we can protect our immune-compromised community, our elderly and our infants.
The City of Yuma is taking an abundance of caution as well. We are working with federal partners such as the Center for Disease Control and the White House, the State of Arizona, the Yuma County Health Services Department and health providers like Yuma Regional Medical Center to stay informed with accurate and timely information. We utilize this information to make decisions impacting the community like the need to modify or cancel any of our City events. Acting with that abundance of caution, the City will cancel the Music on Main event scheduled for this Saturday, March 14.
The health, safety and well-being of our residents is always a foremost concern for us. In large events, increased chances of exposure may supersede the benefits of the event and its importance into the Yuma way of life.
The City continues to monitor and follow the recommendations of county and state health agencies, and is prepared to act concerning City events beyond March 14 should those recommendations warrant action.
In the meantime, we should also keep in mind that cancelling of events and changing of behaviors can affect local business. I ask everyone to use common sense while applying these proactive measures and to keep supporting our local businesses.
Let’s remain calm, work together for everyone’s health, and enjoy living in Yuma.
City practicing, urging safety
The Yuma County Health Services District is the area’s lead agency on the coronavirus and provides a web page devoted to this issue. The City encourages residents to check this page often for updates.
To help keep City-owned facilities, offices and venues safe, City officials have increased the frequency of deep cleaning and sanitation of surfaces. For the safety of the community and employees, the City also continues to actively encourage everyone to join in following CDC recommendations. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For more information on COVID-19 including prevention tips, symptoms, and frequently asked questions, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.