Flagstaff declares state of emergency (Source: City of Flagstaff)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS5) — The city of Flagstaff has declared a state of emergency due to the impact the coronavirus threat.
The Declaration of Emergency allows the city to seek additional resources and recovery assistance amid the coronavirus outbreak. This comes just days after Gov. Doug Ducey declared a public health emergency in our state.
“The city recognizes the necessity of precautionary measures due to the widespread nature of the threat posed to public health and safety of our community as referenced in the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency,” reads a press release from the city.
“The economic impacts to our small businesses and our tourism industry, which is the backbone of our economy are severe,” said Mayor Coral Evans. “We are working closely with Coconino County Health and Human Services who under state law is delegated the authority over public health matters on our local response to monitor this situation and ensure the safety and well-being of our community.”
The city is continuing to prepare for event and facility closures, modified staffing plans, and work-from-home programs. More details on these plans will be forthcoming.
The City of Flagstaff press release states: “Citizens are urged to cooperate with this emergency declaration and to every degree possible, abide by the safety any announcements, advisories and restrictions established by County, State and Federal authorities.”
On Saturday, Flagstaff posted the following message on its website:
The City of Flagstaff is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 in Arizona.We are working with Coconino County Health and Human Services Department (CCHHS), as they are leading the local response to COVID-19.
The CCHHS has established an Information Line at 928-679-7300 that individuals can call to receive general COVID-19 information, as well as transfer options to reach the CCHHS Clinic, a Communicable Disease team representative or a Liaison Officer.
There is also a Northern Arizona Healthcare Hotline at 928-773-2301 residents can call with questions about SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure, transmission and/or testing. Here, you can receive up-to-the-minute knowledge and information.
Nationally, a COVID-19 hotline has setup for any questions you have about the virus. Call 1-844-542-8201 to reach a health care professional.
The City has declared a State of Emergency in response to #COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/KO13czrvdU
— Flagstaff City Hall (@CityofFlagstaff) March 15, 2020
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