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What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

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Sedona AZIt’s time to be vigilant, take precautions, and prepare.

Yavapai County Community Health Services Director Leslie Horton said, “Yavapai County has a history of collaborating with the local partner agencies, including all cities and towns, to protect the residents that call Yavapai County home. We are working together and reviewing plans and practiced responses that have been in place for years to make sure everyone is prepared for situations like the one we find ourselves in now with the worldwide spread of Coronavirus (Covid19).”

With the recent case of COVID-19 in California with no contact with anyone from Wuhan China, the CDC has warned the public to be vigilant in healthy precautions and to prepare for potential cases: Visit this link for an easy to follow checklist and share it with others.

The one Arizona patient is now out of isolation and is no longer infected by the virus. People who have come in close contact with the man haven’t shown any signs of the illness known as COVID-19, Maricopa County Public Health reported. Most of them have passed the 14-day monitoring period without displaying any symptoms. Six of the 15 confirmed cases in the U.S. have recovered.

What is the virus and how is it different from the flu?

The only thing it has in common with the flu is that they are both respiratory viruses. COVID-19 has more in common with the common cold. While we mostly hear about rhinoviruses, there are several strains of coronavirus common in the U.S. that cause nothing worse than a cold.

Older adults usually develop worse symptoms than younger and are more likely to develop complications. Like flu, it generally hits hardest among seniors, people with chronic diseases like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, and those with weakened immune systems like people undergoing cancer treatment.

There’s no vaccine for coronavirus, but seniors should get vaccinated for diseases like pneumococcus and Hib. Getting those two vaccinations will help in limiting complications. Talk to your health provider if those vaccines are right for you.

Men are more likely to be hit harder with COVID than women. This is partly because women have a better immune system, but also because men often delay medical care until symptoms are severe. Coronavirus or not, if you have a fever above 100, a cough, and/or sore throat, see your doctor.

For more FAQs about COVID-19 visit this link.

The best you can do to keep yourself from being infected?  It happens to be the same steps you take to keep yourself from getting colds and flu:

*Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
*Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
*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.

Here are some preparation tips from Ready.gov:

*Store a two-week supply of water and food.
*Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
*Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
*Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic health records.
*Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

Health officials emphasize that those who haven’t gotten the vaccine yet should do so, even though we’ve likely reached the midpoint of flu season. The vaccine takes two weeks to provide full protection, but cannot only ward off the illness, it can reduce how bad your flu is if you catch it and reduce the chance you’ll be hospitalized.

Yavapai County Community Health Services is in continuous communications with Arizona Department of Health Services on the COVID-19 monitoring and situation and will keep the public

YCCHS still has plenty of flu vaccine and ask your doctor if you should get any others – just call 928-771-3122 to make an appointment at one of our locations in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Cottonwood and Chino Valley.

The latest CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update provides updated guidance on evaluating and testing persons under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19. It supersedes previous guidance: See https://bit.ly/2I3ZNbJ


  1. Alex says:

    Stop advertising and no bookings by travel groups from overseas. Common sense. Can people sue lodging council and chamber membership for willful neglect of public safety? Even Vegas canceled conferences and is stopping bookings and it’s their city bread and butter literally. It’s not Sedona’s bread and butter but it is the lodging group and chamber’s. Deal with it city council. You created this mess.

  2. Cindy, Sedona says:

    @Alex Good comment. What’s the plan @City Council? Do we have enough supplies at Urgent Care and medical center and pharmacies? Our Canadian friends are packing up early and returning to Canada because their insurance won’t let them stay. I heard from friends in Texas that they are returning back to Michigan early, too.

  3. Maria says:

    if your kid was overseas or Mexico better get tested, you too

  4. Steve segner says:

    Alex says:
    March 2, 2020 at 11:17 am
    Stop advertising and no bookings by travel groups from overseas. Common sense. Can people sue lodging council and chamber membership for willful neglect of public safety?
    Glad you asked we are doing no advertising till June, see report below. hope that helps
    fyi Health Travel Resources for your
    Business and Visitors
    Hello Sedona Chamber Partners,

    The US Travel Association is reminding travelers that there are no restrictions on travel in the US and no indication that travel plans here should be altered for any public health reason. The USTA is encouraging people to follow best health practices as the situation continues to develop and recommends basing travel decisions on facts from public health and security authorities, who are currently pointing to “business as usual” while recommending best health practices. As the news of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) continues, we want to assure you and your clients that we are proactively taking the steps necessary to help people feel confident about travel to Sedona or attending any upcoming events.

    Arizona has been fortunate to have had only one confirmed case of coronavirus since the outbreak began. And what’s more, the patient has recovered following quarantine and has tested negative multiple times for the virus. Arizona health officials are in communication with the CDC and are taking precautions to ensure public safety is a top priority.

  5. Best Senator is a Woman and it's Susan Collins says:

    Best US Senator? It’s Sen. Susan Collins for her legislative efforts. Votes are in. Even the men need to play catch up. Bet you that #MeToo doesn’t care about her because she’s a Republican who works for both sides of the aisle – most bills of hers were cosponsored by Democrats and benefitted Democrats/Republicans/Independents and women and elderly and others. The Democrats will want to replace her because they believe a letter is more than morality. She even when she does the job for them. A**BITES.

  6. Sue loves Sedona red rocks says:

    Read the Archdiocese of San Antonio will temporarily stop distributing sacramental wine because of concerns about the coronavirus. You too Sedona and Cottonwood and Flagstaff and Phoenix and……? Stop now. Or move to paper cups like my friend’s church does, get those tiny paper cups at Walmart and CVS used for juice samples. THANK YOU FOR CARING. God bless you.

  7. @steve segner says:

    We’d like for you to speak true numbers. Your numbers for Sedona should be about 1,000 jobs. It is not 10,000. This is from Chamber itself in an email broadcast opened at my business today.

    “Tourism businesses purchase $100.1 million in goods and services from Sedona-based suppliers, who in turn provide 1,097 local jobs with an annual payroll of $25.2 million. Tourism’s economic impact aligns with Sedona’s growing sustainability practices, assuring we aren’t ‘loved to death’ as tourism surges.”

  8. Segner fake news says:

    “It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery. These may, perhaps, succeed at first, and limp along on hope for awhile with a flourishing appearance. But time betrays their weakness, and they eventually fall into ruin of their own designs.”


  9. Steve segner says:

    Who’s ever posting under my name if you’re going to post something post the entire article not just the portion that makes your number look correct The analysis shows tourism is Sedona’s largest employment sector, with 9,870 jobs linked to the industry. Direct annual impact, such as total sales and employee income, stands at $908.5 million. Tourism businesses purchase $100.1 million in goods and services from Sedona-based suppliers, who in turn provide 1,097 local jobs with an annual payroll of $25.2 million

  10. T. says:

    Numbers never lie.

    Transparency in numbers please, Sedona.

    How many of the local jobs are city government?
    How many of the local jobs are the Chamber?
    How many of the local jobs are funded by taxpayers and or the 2) bed tax?

    If you divide $25.2 mil payroll by 1097 jobs, the average pay is $22,971 and change.

    Show us the breakdown of the earnings report. The minimum wage in Arizona is $11.00 (2019).

    How many are above and how many are below that threshold average?

    Provide a list of the jobs used and the respective salaries.

    Call me wanting to be an enlightened man.

  11. Chinese medicine failures says:

    Before you want to tear down our system and replace it with socialists and communists systems, read this:

    Chinese doctor needs surgery to save hand after hospital knife attack
    A man was detained after three medical staff and a member of the public were wounded in a knife attack a Beijing hospital that left a doctor needing surgery to save one of his hands. A 36-year-old man surnamed Cui assaulted the doctor at Chaoyang…

    Read in South China Morning Post: https://apple.news/AZLf1WA1XR92C7tz6fa7ddQ

  12. Rosie the Ruse Detector says:

    And what do most (if any) of the comments have to do with subject of the article:

    Might one wonder if there’s some sort of attempt to divert readers from reading comments about other subjects? Hmmmm . . . .

  13. Ellen says:

    Don’t go to meetings when you can Skype and don’t shake hands. Wash your hands and do like my store cashier does, wear gloves and change them every hour after washing hands with anti bacterial soap. I want my hairdresser in gloves and masks when they are breathing in my face. I want no spa table unsterilized. I want housekeepers in masks and gloves and my room wipes completely down with disinfectants between guests. I want cashiers to use gloves, I want my fresh produce in bags so people can’t handle it. I don’t want to see bulk bins of stuff people can touch like Whole Foods food bar. Until this virus is contained and because out of country and out of state tourists are coming here, Sedona has to institute greater levels of resident safety. The city is responsible for bringing people other than residents in and we have a right to be protected. Thank you.

  14. Tom Howell says:

    Ellen says: I want cashiers to use gloves, don’t stop the spread of germs .
    Your comment The city is responsible for bringing people other than residents in and we have a right to be protected is just not true, Residents are not a special kind of people we are all Americans or visitors. Ellen, You should just stay home and have food delivered and you can still get sick…… Ellen get a life people and germs are a part of life, What you want is crazy……P.S gloved do not stop germs only washing hands does.

  15. Interactive Virus Tracking Map says:

    Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.

  16. steve Segner says:

    “Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.” –Epictetus.

  17. Felicity Osgood says:

    great map, still scrolling, sharing with friends

  18. Italy report says:

    Italy just closed down.

    Sedona will also, after the last resident has died. Old people are the prime victims, how old is the average Sedona resident? I wonder if segner and those on the City council know they are prime for dying of the corona virus? Gotta make a buck, right?

    Check out this link :


  19. @felicity says:

    Kinda sad you comment on YOUR original post…of course under a different name. Hey good for you

  20. Ireland Cancels St Patricks Day Parades says:

    Will Sedona be as wise?

    Doubt it.

  21. @ Tom Howell says:

    If gloves don’t stop germs whey are they used so much in hospitals?

    Your quote “Ellen get a life people and germs are a part of life, What you want is crazy……P.S gloved do not stop germs only washing hands does.”

    You are an idiot and I hope you reap what you sew 1000 times over.

  22. Coconino County AZ says:

    Coconino County has 7 people self monitoring for Coronavirus as part of the County’s efforts to prepare for and identify the spread of the illness. What about Yavapai county?

  23. Arizona Public Health Information says:

    Presumptive cases of COVID-19 are those testing positive by the state; to be confirmed, the samples must also test positive by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Both presumptive and confirmed cases are reported on the Arizona Department of Health Services website, http://www.azdhs.gov/coronavirus.

    Of 51 people tested statewide, one has been confirmed positive and two are presumed positive.

  24. Arizona Public Health Update (March 9 2020) says:

    2 people have tested positive in Arizona, one from travel and one from associating with a travel positive person.

    56 people have been tested.
    44 were ruled out as having the coronavirus infection.

    There a few tests that indicated a positive of the remaining 12. CDC is in the loop.

    Check the link daily if you have concerns or want immediate updates. Use the information resources given in the above article. Both presumptive and confirmed cases are reported on the Arizona Department of Health Services website, http://www.azdhs.gov/coronavirus.

  25. Don't test, don't tell says:

    If you don’t test, there are none tested positive. I would say only 51 tested in a Arizona is not a valid sample.

    Wait until the testing becomes widespread, the transmission will go exponential.

    Who coulda thunk.

  26. Arizona Public Health Update says:

    If you traveled to China or other areas currently affected by COVID-19 and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

    Avoid contact with others.
    Do not travel while sick.
    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

    Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

    If you need to seek medical care, before going to your doctor’s office, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

    Discuss travel to China with your healthcare provider. Older adults and travelers with chronic medical conditions may be at risk for more severe disease.

  27. Anonymous - Health update says:

    Corona Virus has a 14-28 day period where people can have the virus and not show symptoms, and can be spreading the virus. Not just China, Italy has been shut down.

    [capitalisteric.wordpress.com/2020/03/08/coronavirus-blunt-truth/] external link

    US CDC Chief: “the US is beyond virus containment in some areas”

    It’s not just in China anymore kiddies. That train left the station a month ago. Stock up on food, if you have COPD, are over 60 or have any other underlying health problems prepare to self quarantine. NOW !!! The medical system will be overwhelmed, and those of us that are older will be left in the hallway.

  28. Will Rodgers (Quote) says:

    There are people running the government right now that should not be allowed to play with matches.

    Will Rodgers

    (hyperlink removed by SedonaEye.com editor: raconteurreport.blogspot)

  29. Airports empty says:

    [zerohedge.com/markets/coronavirus-fallout-american-cuts-flights-plunging-demand-delta-pulls-guidance] external link

    Are all you geniuses that wanted to make Sedona a tourist trap happy now?

    Karma is coming, and she is pissed about what you did to her beautiful town.

  30. Steve Segners says:

    Airports empty says:Are all you geniuses that wanted to make Sedona a tourist trap happy now?
    Karma is coming, and she is pissed about what you did to her beautiful town.

    So Karma is a woman? and a bitch at that! she hate tourists? but loves people that made their living someplace else and now sit home and complain about people on vacation. . Karma does not care about common working people just trying to make a living. Bad Karma…..

  31. Tish Kaplan says:

    Don’t bet against America. We will be fine because we do the hard work. We have initiative and brains and don’t act like lemmings.

  32. City of Sedona Update says:

    Coronavirus update
    Post Date: 03/10/2020 5:32 p.m.

    SEDONA, Ariz. – With the coronavirus outbreak and its potential effects, it is a top priority at the city of Sedona to keep the community safe and informed.

    The city, in coordination with Coconino and Yavapai counties, is monitoring the situation daily and following the guidelines set-forth by the federal, state and county government and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time there is no domestic travel ban.

    Look to the following CDC, state and county resources for more information on the coronavirus:

    CDC website.
    Tips on coronavirus prevention.
    Arizona Department of Health and Human Services information.
    CDC’s travel notices.
    Coconino County Health and Human Services information.
    Yavapai County Health Services website.

  33. Poor Segner says:

    Poor stevie,

    His “estate” in the canyon, and his other homes, his $500 per night rooms, he’s just “common working people trying to make a living”.

    So stevie, you won’t lay anyone off if your occupancy rate drops? You will keep paying them if Arizona is quarantined ?

    Come on stevie, tell us how you are going to take care of “common working people”, your employees.

    And yes Karma is a woman, but not a bitch. Karma just insists on payback for knowingly wrongful acts. Are you nervous stevie? Tell you a secret, Karma, she always gives back more than you really give. Not other peoples money, really give of you own.

  34. Steve Segner says:

    “estate” in the canyon, really? oh well I just ask why Karma hates people that work in hotels….. and not people the sit home all day the same people that moved to Sedona knowing it was a tourist town….
    you asked you won’t lay anyone off if your occupancy rate drops? You will keep paying them if Arizona is quarantined ? yes and so will most hotels we need our employees. hope that answers your question. P.S booking ar up over last year.

  35. @Steve segner says:

    Pull up your big boy pants and PAY your own bills.
    Time for TAXPAYERS to STOP the SUBSIDIES to the hotel – lodging- chamber industries.

    The results of YOUR enrichments paid for by taxpayers is clear. Stealing the quality of life from residents, workers and flatlanders have to stop. IMO

    NO city funds chambers 2.5 million a year.

  36. Ray says:

    “Out of an abundance of caution from the coronavirus outbreak, the president has decided to cancel his upcoming events in Colorado and Nevada,” said White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.

    President also addressed the nation. It’s a pandemic.

    So Sedona Democrats, you think you are superior? You are ignoring the fact and won’t cooperate for our safety?

  37. Katherine - Inverness says:

    Most people don’t seem to understand how contagious this is and how deadly for all ages. This isn’t an old persons virus.

  38. Tony Tonsich says:

    Why has the Sedona St Patrick day parade not been cancelled?

    Isn’t even one life worth more than the income from a parade?

    Apparently the Sedona City Council thinks life is worth less than dollars.

  39. Hey what’s up says:

    Sedona Eye editor

    I guess the only way to get you comment posted is to complain about Sedona government. My last three or 4 never posted. I thought SE was unbiased. What up you afraid of people speaking up that are don’t cry complain or bash Sedona every day 5 times a day.

    You guys a full of you know what….

  40. MShobert says:

    So many whiners in one place. Get woke.

  41. @Tony Tonsich says:

    First of all, why do you care you don’t live here anymore. Go enjoy the Cornville parade.

    Yet again you’re uninformed, the parade was canceled.

  42. Tony Tonsich says:

    I love anonymous people who care where I live, and provide if not false, inaccurate information.

    As of 0230 March 14, 2020, the parade was still shown on the Sedonaaz.gov website. If it was cancelled the “professional staff” of the City of Sedona is sure not giving much notice.

    The soy boys of the Sedona Red Rock News were also good at saying fake news about me and my positions. Maybe I’ll move back to Sedona, not for this election but for the next one. Does that worry you?

  43. George O says:

    “We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men… Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for. Don’t imagine that for years on end you can make yourself the boot-licking propagandist of any régime, and then suddenly return to mental decency. Once a whore, always a whore.”

    George Orwell

  44. @Tony Tonsich says:

    Come on Tonisch, what I said above was neither false nor inaccurate. (Deleted by editor)

    Ohhh we’re shaking in our boots that you may move back to Sedona (Deleted by editor)

    As for being anonymous, you bet. (Deleted by editor) Since SE allows anonymous posts I’ll be happy to use that service and share my opinion.

  45. Havasupai Tribe Suspends Tourist Operations says:

    The Havasupai Tribal Council announced over the weekend that it will suspend tourist operations for 30 days, starting Monday. The tribe’s reservation in northern Arizona draws tourists from around the world.

    Tourists with reservations for campgrounds or the lodge during the 30-day suspension can reschedule their trips for dates in 2021, the tribe said.

    About 425 people live on the Havasupai reservation, 43% of whom are elderly or under the age of 18, the tribe said. Tourism is the tribe’s primary revenue source. The tribe said the spread of the coronavirus and the respiratory illness it causes, COVID-19, could devastate the tribe.

    Read the full post here: https://apnews.com/085a2712387895de419e2dd0e8466d68

  46. Poco Diablo McGuire says:


    Just a reminder to keep my Four Paws Up Pals safe too! Share this guide with family and friends because we all need to be aware and take care out there! And for my school friends at home, here’s some educational resources being made free in response to the closures.

    There are also links to virtual field trips, 5-minute crafts, offline activities and more.

  47. California Issues Shelter in Place Order says:

    Six counties across the Bay Area issued a “shelter in place” order on Monday for all residents – requiring roughly 6.7 million people to stay in their homes – in an attempt to slow the coronavirus outbreak.

    For the next three weeks, people living in San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties will be restricted from all “non-essential travel” by “foot, bicycle, scooter, automobile, or public transit” outside their homes.

    Also, most businesses will be forced to close until April 7, starting at midnight on Monday.

  48. steve Segner says:

    Sorry my last post was dictated hope this is more clear

    Look if you want the city of Sedona to go away and you think there is a way to do it go for it.
    1. Arrange for public meeting find people that think like you.
    2. Get an attorney to help you with the laws involved, county and state and federal.
    3. Fund raising get out and ask for money because this will not be cheap’
    4. You will need to convince two counties , the voters of Sedona and get the state to sign off.
    5. Pay off all city bonds, the counties will not pay them off
    6. Run for city council -Split up -Sedona two counties no a city government .
    7. Best of luck

  49. @ steve Segner says:

    As usual misinformation from Segner

    1) You can organize like minded people online that wish to network their contacts.
    2)You don’t need an attorney, state and county offices will help you format the petition
    3) It won’t take a lot of money, just people that want change. You don’t need to advertise. Print and newspapers are dead.
    4) You don’t need to convince the counties, they already have everything in place. For example, the Village is not a city, it is served by Yavapai County already, as is Oak Creek Canyon by Coconino County.
    5) Bonds can be defaulted on, or if there is funds available the counties will pay them off. That is a risk bond buyers take.
    6) You don’t need to run for city council, just circulate a petition to shut the city
    7) It won’t take luck, just motivated citizens.

    Hope this helps.

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