Local Coronavirus Update
Please visit the Yavapai County Health Dept. for up-to-date information on Covid-19.
Social Distancing is a Priority, but stay home unless absolutely necessary.
Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
Do not visit retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
Practice good hygiene:
Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
Avoid touching your face.
Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible, including your phone.
Stay home, especially if you or a loved one has an underlying medical condition or are elderly. If someone in your household has Covid-19, everyone in the household should stay home until you are recovered.
And please if you are going out into public, wear a mask, for your sake and everyone else's!
More information from the CDC
Click these links
Check out the CDC's Self-Checker to assess your symptoms.
DIY Face Masks without sewing.
The importance of wearing a mask
We're Making Progress; for Now, Stay Home
Perspective by David Brill MD
“You cannot fight a fire blindfolded .... Once again, our message is test, test, test!” — World Health Organization
Finally, after months of epic failure by government to effectively lead, the mighty US private sector is providing game-changing tools to fight the COVID-19 virus. This is Abbott Lab’s five-minute test for active COVID-19 infection, plus pending tests for immunity to the virus.
Social distancing is a blind and blunt tool for fighting this kind of fire. Economic shutdowns are needed only in the absence of widespread testing, contact tracking and isolation. Widespread, effective testing (for both infection and immunity) can render social distancing obsolete and get us safely back to work again.
Once personal immunity testing is available, tested workers can confidently work in public-service jobs. In partnership with a local laboratory, the ski town of Telluride is already experimenting with this.
Dr. Tom Inglesby, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, has warned that the US is "still at the beginning" of this outbreak, but outlined five factors that will determine when people can begin to relax their social-distancing practices.
Downward trends in specific regions
Widespread testing in place
Enough masks for healthcare workers
Enough equipment for hospitals
Enough staff to trace contacts, including volunteers, as has been done in other countries.
But widespread testing (i.e., of millions rather than thousands) for infection and immunity is still weeks and months away. Right now, social distancing is still the prime tool available to minimize (not prevent) overload of our healthcare system. Fortunately, Arizona’s regional healthcare institutions are valiantly gearing up for the inevitable load ahead.
A critical lesson learned for the future is to reinstate and retain a White House Pandemic Chief on the National Security Council, and let her do her job with authority right from the start, when time really counts. Next time — and there will be a next time — it will be prudent to have capacity and experience to err on the side of overreaction.
Dr. David Brill is a local physician. His opinions are his own and do not represent those of any organization.
Prescott Businesses adjust in the Covid Era
Special Episode 3: April 1, 2020
Jesse Hans - Executive Director of Coalition of Compassion and Justice
CCJ - Homeless Shelter Adapting During Covid Pandemic
Robert Zinni from the 5enses Podcast interviews Jessi Hans, executive director of CCJ - the Coalition for Compassion and Justice. Jessi outlines the services CCJ offers to Prescott's less fortunate and homeless populations, and how you can assist them in their mission. CCJ Website: http://yavapaiccj.org/ .