Maricopa County remains under the official declaration of a local emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while the State of Arizona is under a “Stay Home” order until April 30, 2020. The Maricopa County Joint Information Center (JIC) is compiling a weekly list of resources for County residents to manage the physical, economic, social and emotional impacts of this declaration. Residents are encouraged to visit maricopa.gov/COVID-19 for the most up-to-date information.
Data from Maricopa County Public Health shows a slower rise in hospitalizations due to COVID-19. This is encouraging news and indicates social distancing measures are working. However, public health officials urge the public to continue adhering to the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order.
6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment over the past week. Maricopa County provides support services for those who are unemployed through Arizona @ Work. Career services are available by appointment only right now. Job seekers are asked to complete this form. If you have difficulty completing the form, you can visit www.azjobconnection.gov or call the phone numbers below:
· East Valley Residents: 602-372-9700
· West Valley Residents: 602-372-4200
Get Involved and Find Help
Public Health has updated its website to include additional ways to get involved and find help during this pandemic. You may also consider visiting arizonatogether.org or 211arizona.org (or you can dial 2-1-1).
Changes to county operations continued this week as regional parks refined their guidance to visitors and the Office of Vital Records made it possible for residents to apply for birth and death certificates online. Customers are encouraged to conduct business online whenever possible. See a complete list of county services impacted.
Guidance for High-Risk Individuals and Those Who Are Sick
Adults age 65 and over and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease are at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Those in the high-risk group can find more information on risk, symptoms, and treatment here. Any other individuals who are sick or worried they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should follow guidance from Public Health.
Thank Your Health Care Professionals
This is National Public Health Week. Please share the following video to show your support for public health professionals and all health care workers who are working tirelessly to protect and serve us during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maricopa County will be providing regular briefings on various aspects of the county’s COVID-19 response. These briefings will typically occur Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1 p.m. Members of the public who want to watch can do so by subscribing to our YouTube channel or visiting youtube.com/maricopacountyaz.
Members of the public can get the latest information on the county response to COVID-19 by visiting maricopa.gov/COVID19. You may also want to follow Maricopa County and Maricopa County Public Health on social media. There are updates available in both English and Spanish.
Twitter: @maricopacounty @maricopahealth
Facebook: @maricopacountyaz @MCDPH
For community partners looking to share approved messaging to help stop the spread, we have a COVID-19 Communications Toolkit. There are multi-language flyers, FAQs related to the virus, and downloadable graphics designed to share on social media.