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City remains informed, engaged and prepared to do its part

Casa Grande, AZ (March 16, 2020) ꟷ The unique quality that makes the City of Casa Grande (City) so special, strong and resilient is its sense of community. Over the years, residents have shown an extraordinary capacity to care for and help meet the needs of their fellow neighbors and friends. These same traits are shared by City workers who strive to serve residents, each and every day. It is why City leadership and its community partners remain informed, engaged and prepared to help meet the evolving challenges resulting from the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

What is COVID-19?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), signs and symptoms resemble the common cold or flu and may include a runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. Most people (about 80%) have a mild presentation and recover from the disease without needing special treatment. People can catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from an affected person, even if asymptomatic.

Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Today, the President released new federal guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Even if you are young or otherwise healthy, you are still at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that everyone does his/her part to stop the spread of the coronavirus:
  • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
  • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employees should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants and food courts. Use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits.
  • Do not visit nursing homes, 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.

City Response

According to Casa Grande City Mayor, Craig McFarland, access to accurate information is important for residents to respond in a measured and thoughtful way.
“An informed community is an empowered one,” explained McFarland, “and is capable of processing facts carefully, engaging available resources appropriately while also helping others that may need assistance. After all, we’re in this together.”
The City is already taking steps to follow recent guidelines issued by the CDC, Arizona Department of Health Services and Pinal County Health and remains ready to adjust quickly if circumstances change. In accordance with federal guidelines to limit or postpone large gatherings of 10 persons or more, the City has cancelled all in-person, City-sponsored events until further notice. The public is welcome to continue checking the City online calendar for updates.

Community Centers

The City is taking proactive measures to help protect high-risk populations and reduce risk for spread of the virus. The City has cancelled all programs, events and gatherings at its recreational facilities including Len Colla, the Recreation Center, Dorothy Powell Senior Center and both public libraries. Parks will remain open along with the golf course, but the public will have limited access to the clubhouse. The Home Delivered Meal program is continuing but meals remain on a take-out or home-delivery basis only.

Police and Fire Response

The Police and Fire Departments are maintaining a normal business schedule. All first responders are provided information received from the health department, as it relates to the virus. They also carry masks and gloves as a matter of practice. The Fire Department is working closely with the Pinal County Office of Emergency Management to monitor the situation and is following stringent infectious disease protocols, already in place. The ability to provide emergency services to the community has not been impacted, and the City does not anticipate any delay or interruption to services.

Local Health Centers and Schools

The City is working collaboratively and closely with local schools and health centers as they continue to prepare, plan and modify protocols, accordingly. Please visit them directly to stay informed.

Declaration of Emergency

The City is also actively evaluating a Declaration of Emergency to help in the fight of the spread of COVID-19. This measure would further assist in protecting public health by allowing access to federal emergency funds and making it possible for individuals and businesses to receive federal financial assistance.
City Manager Larry Rains is asking the community to remain flexible and work together.
“This is an exceptional City,” said Rains. “Times of uncertainty or anxiety is when our community really shows how big of a family we actually are.”
For the most up-to-date information on the outbreak and what you can do to reduce your risk, please visit the CDC at www.CoronaVirus.gov.
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