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Yavapai County asks communities to be part of COVID-19 solution

Sedona AZThe following letter to the SedonaEye.com editor was received from Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Randy Garrison:

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As we work our way through these historic events, we would like to remind everyone that this will pass and as a community many lessons will be learned, and together we will be stronger for them.

Please slow down, take a breath, and follow common sense practices which include washing your hands often, don’t touch your face or mouth, and keep social interaction to a minimum. You have the ability to be part of this solution, take charge and be responsible.

Many of you are calling for leadership, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share what we are doing to support our communities.

On a daily basis we are in contact with the Center for Disease Control, the Federal Department of Health, our Congressional leaders including Gosar, Sinema, O’Halleran and also Governor Ducey. We have also formed a task group for the Verde Valley which includes: Sedona Mayor and City Manager, Cottonwood Mayor and City Manager, Camp Verde Mayor and Town Manager, Clarkdale Mayor and Town Manager, Jerome Mayor and Town Manager. Also included is the Sedona Fire District, Cottonwood Fire Department, Copper Canyon Fire District, Verde Valley Fire District, Verde Valley Ambulance, Yavapai County Sheriff Department, Sedona Police Department, Cottonwood Police Department, Clarkdale Police Department, Jerome Police Department, Camp Verde Marshal Department, Northern Arizona Health, Spectrum Health, Yavapai County Health Department, Yavapai County Health Clinics, Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District, Sedona-Oak Creek School District, Mingus Union High School, Camp Verde School District, Clarkdale-Jerome School District, Beaver Creek School District, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, VVREO, and many more. We have also started reaching out to our Food Banks, Restaurants, and local lodging community in an effort to plan for additional support as we move forward with this current health threat.

As you can see, nobody is taking this problem lightly, and as a united team we are working hard to support our communities. We cannot do this alone, and I will ask each of you to be mindful in what information is shared, and please reach out if you have a concern that may be overlooked, or if you have a solution that we may have missed.

Thank you once again, stay positive and pray for a speedy resolution and recovery.

Randy Garrison – Yavapai County Supervisor District 3

Daily Updates from Yavapai County Health Department: www.Yavapai.us

Randy Garrison
Vice-Chairman, Board of Supervisors
Yavapai County, Arizona
(928) 639-8110 (Office)
(928) 639-8146 (Fax)



  1. Ryan says:


    “I told you a few days ago that [Tesla CEO Elon Musk] was likely to have 1,000 ventilators this week,” Newsom said. “They’ve arrived in Los Angeles.”

    That’s my kind of businessman.

  2. L. Johnson, Jerome says:

    Many friends and neighbors do business in their homes and you can make your own masks and use gloves you have like kitchen cleaning gloves. That’s ok and encouraged but ask the 5 questions first. My garden gloves work too and my husbands work gloves work for him. Use antibacterial soaps and wash your hands often even when you pet the dog after a walk or let him out to run. The virus stays active for hours. Tip your housecleaners and landscapers more than usual and ask if they have enough food and can they keep working. If you can afford to hire a service worker rather than do your own now it’s a good time. Share your cupboard overflow with workers as part of their tip. Keep your distance. Service workers meet more people and can carry the virus. Shelter in place.

  3. Donna, Uptown says:


    Good words, Mr. President, I’m proud to be an American. You’re doing a great job and we’ll do ours.

  4. Rick says:

    Just Do It

  5. Get a Grip! says:

    All you wanna-be health eggspurts and deputy sheriffs who know exactly how the rest of us are supposed to behave: Get a grip! And go find a harmless hobby.

    Corona: the case number game

    In this episode of public health bureaucrats go crazy, let’s look at their numbers. Let’s accept their reality for the moment—the reality they claim to be working from—and trace the implications. Buckle up.

    Start with Europe and just plain flu. Not COV. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe, “During the winter months, influenza may infect up to 20% of the population…” That’s ordinary seasonal flu.

    The population of Europe is 741 million people. This works out to 148 million cases of ordinary flu. Not once. Every year. EVERY YEAR.

    According to statista[dot]com, “As of March 23, 2020, there have been 170,424 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the whole of Europe since the first confirmed cases in France on January 25.”

    I urge readers to roll those comparative figures around in their minds, and realize that ordinary flu has never been called a pandemic, and has certainly never resulted in locking down countries.

    If we take the COV Europe numbers I just quoted, which cover a period of two months, and multiply by six, to estimate the number for a year, we arrive at 1,022,544 cases. Even if you want to build up this figure by claiming it’s accelerating, do you really believe it’ll reach 148 million for the year, the number of ordinary flu cases? And again, 148 million is the estimate for EVERY YEAR. Every year—and no mention of a pandemic. No lockdowns.

    Let’s go to Italy. According to statista[dot]com, “Italy has the highest amount of confirmed [COV] cases in Europe with 59,138…” That’s as of March 23. If you multiply by six, to get the annual figure, you arrive at 360,000 cases. You want to blow that up, because of acceleration? Go ahead. How about a million cases for the year? Two million. Three million.

    Now let’s look at ordinary flu cases for Italy in a given year. According to sciencedirect[dot]com, “In the winter seasons from 2013/14 to 2016/17, an estimated average of 5,290,000 ILI [influenza-like illness] cases occurred in Italy, corresponding to an incidence of 9%.” That’s 5 million plus each year. Not just once. Was a seasonal flu pandemic declared in Italy? Ever? Was the whole country ever locked down as a result? No.

    Finally, let’s look at figures for ordinary flu, for the whole planet. A study published in the journal, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, states, “Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality. Approximately 9% of the world’s population is affected annually, with up to 1 billion infections, 3 to 5 million severe cases, and 300,000 to 500,000 deaths each year.”

    A BILLION cases EVERY YEAR. Is this called a pandemic? Is the whole world locked down every year? No.

    Feel free to track the purported number of COV cases as time passes. As I write this, the number is 392,286, and deaths are 17,147. Let me know when the COV case number reaches A BILLION for the year and the number of deaths passes 300,000. Then keep me posted on how the one billion COV cases are repeated EVERY YEAR with at least 300,000 deaths annually.

    And that concludes this episode of public health officials go crazy and wreck economies and lives in the process.

    There should be a tracking “world-o-meter” providing live updates on THOSE figures.



    Jon Rappoport

  6. Sedona Keith says:

    we choose daily in our own lives life and death, it’s long article and it’s worth every word, what do you choose


  7. ICE CREAM and POLITICS says:

    The health official leading Arizona’s new coronavirus response is urging primary care providers not to test most patients for COVID-19, saying the state’s “current reality” is that it doesn’t have enough supplies to meet testing demand.

    In a set of new guidelines issued Wednesday, Health Department Director Dr. Cara Christ said providers “should consider removing this diagnostic ‘tool’ from their toolbox and managing patients with respiratory conditions as if they have COVID-19.”

    That will be one way to skew the stats. We are also not doing virus contact tracing.
    What is going on here?

  8. Trenton, Flagstaff says:

    Who else is concerned with the lack of diversity in China? They need to open their borders because they’ve got lots of open land and jobs and it would make their country better.

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

    If you don’t test anyone that is not dying, your statistics look a lot worse.

    You can say half of those that had Corona died. If you test everyone then many are not serious cases. Funny how that works.

  10. Malls and Shopping Centers Closing says CNBC says:

    The biggest U.S. mall owner, Simon Property Group, has furloughed about 30% of its workforce, CNBC has learned, as the company copes with all of its properties being temporarily shut because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    The furloughs impact full- and part-time workers, at its Indianapolis headquarters and at its malls and outlet centers across the U.S., a person familiar with the situation told CNBC. The person asked to remain anonymous because the information has not been disclosed publicly. There were also layoffs. An exact number of those employees permanently let go could not immediately be determined.
    CEO David Simon will, meantime, take a 100% cut in his salary for the duration of the pandemic, the person said. And upper-level managers at the real estate company are going to see a reduction of up to 30% in their salaries during this time.
    As of Dec. 31, Simon had roughly 4,500 employees, of which 1,500 were part time, according to its latest annual filing. About 1,000 of those people worked from Simon’s Indianapolis headquarters, it said.

  11. Olive says:

    It’s Time to Make Your Own Face Mask


  12. Sedona Palm Sunday Church Service says:

    Most churches are closed.

    Please enjoy our Sedona PALM SUNDAY service.

    SUMC April 5, 2020

  13. Jim, Buy USA products only says:

    Peter Navarro, who touched on the issue in a Thursday press briefing. “Never again should we rely on the rest of the world for our essential medicines and countermeasures,” he said. He continued, “One of the things that this crisis has taught us is that we are dangerously overdependent on a global supply chain for our medicines like penicillin, our medical supplies, masks, and our medical equipment like ventilators.”

    The past administrations of Obama, Bush, Clinton robbed us of independence and we didn’t even whimper. We need to bring back all manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. Those videos leaked by Chinese of workers smearing masks on their shoes and laughing are horrifying. Have you forgotten the Chinese plastic powder substituted for milk powder that killed babies and others? Have you forgotten about the contaminated dog food? Have you forgotten about the pharmaceuticals that were toxic? Stop forgetting.

  14. Easter Sunday Store Closings says:

    MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s announced Tuesday that all of its stores and distribution centers in the United States and Canada will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 12, joining other retailers that are doing the same.

    Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison said in a statement that he wants employees “to spend Easter Sunday with their families and loved ones and recharge.”
    Lowe’s employs about 300,000 associates, the statement said.

    “Our ability to support communities with essential goods and services during this pandemic is thanks to our outstanding, dedicated associates,” said Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO.

    “We will take steps to ensure that no hourly associate loses scheduled hours or has a reduction in pay as a result of closing on Sunday. I want to personally thank our 300,000 associates who have helped families stay safely at home. Their actions are nothing short of heroic.”

    Lowe’s joins Trader Joe’s, Kroger and other major retailers giving employees the day off on Easter.

    Kroger announced Monday that it will close early Easter Sunday to “provide its associates with more time to rest and be with their families.”

    Sam’s Club, Costco and Target have typically closed on Easter Sunday and will also close this year.

  15. Ron, VOC says:


  16. Jay Smith says:

    I’m doing my part. You do yours. Stop trying to fill this county up with low rent service oriented under educated people that can’t survive without government help. We’ll keep on our feet with what we have now because we work hard to make a living out of not much fancy, and this virus won’t wipe us out like other places. Learn to live with it and keep your jobs. We like it here and you’re to protect what we like or get unelected. Simple enough. Either you’re pro southwest or pro coasts. When we need Phoenix, we know where to find it a short trip south.

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