City of Cottonwood COVID-19 (coronavirus) Response
- Guidelines for Re-opening Buinsesses
- COC Community Resources Program
- Community Links
- Small Business Links
As we all prepare for the re-opening of businesses in the Verde Valley, there are practices that must be implemented to help ensure safety to our community. Below is a list of documents supplied by Arizona state and health officials. All are encouraged to become familiar with these procedures:
- RETURN STRONGER: A Gradual Step-By-Step Plan For Reenergizing Arizona
- CDC GUIDANCE FOR CLEANING AND DISINFECTING: Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
- CDC GUIDANCE FOR CLEANING AND DISINFECTING: Develop, Implement, Maintain, and Revise Your Plan
- GUIDANCE FOR RESTAURANTS PROVIDING DINE-IN SERVICES
- GUIDANCE FOR RETAIL
- FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS/RETAIL STORES: Guidelines and Best Practices for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
- GUIDANCE FOR BARBERS AND COSMETOLOGISTS
- SALONS AND BARBERSHOPS: Guidelines and Best Practices for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
- YAVAPAI COUNTY CHILDCARE: Guidelines and Best Practices for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
- GYMS: Guidelines and Best Practices for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
- LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS: Guidelines and Best Practices for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
- OPENING A POOL OR SPA: Maintenance Tips for Operators
- ARIZONA FARMERS MARKETS: Safety Recommendations and Standards for Food Distribution and Purchases
- GUIDANCE FOR POOLS
- GUIDANCE FOR GYMS AND FITNESS PROVIDERS
- GUIDANCE FOR SPAS, MASSAGE THERAPISTS AND PERSONAL SERVICES
City of Cottonwood Community Resources Program
Initiated on April 1, 2020 to help the Verde Valley COVID-19 pandemic recovery
The public outpouring of support during this challenging time is reassuring—we will recover. The City of Cottonwood is ready to serve, and is collecting resources available in our community, and distributing this generosity through our newly-initiated Community Resources Program (CRP).
The Verde Valley houses a variety of non-profit organizations who help our community in many ways. Providing food, shelter, and counseling are just a few of the services that are available to those in need.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact Arizona, many of our residents have had to face new challenges, both health-related and otherwise. As these needs began to surface so did people stepping up to lend a hand. Some have reached out to the City to find out what is needed and where it should go. This is how the CRP got started.
CAN YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION DONATE OR VOLUNTEER? At times like this many of us want to help, but also want our help to go where it is most needed. Contact the CRP to get connected! email@example.com, 928-340-2700
Do you or your family need help? If you need assistance during this time that is presenting hardships to so many, you don’t have to go it alone. Contact the CRP to get connected! We will be discreet and do our best to point you in the right direction.
Does your organization need help? We have a network working to get help to where it is most needed. Contact the CRP to get connected! firstname.lastname@example.org, 928-340-2700
HAVE ITEMS TO DONATE? Donations are being accepted at the Cottonwood Recreation Center. Call ahead: 928-340-2700
• Money: we will put donated funds where they are needed the most
• Time: we will find out who is looking for more hands.
• Hand sanitizer
• Toilet paper
• Paper towels
• Rubbing alcohol
• Baby formula.
• Tympanic thermometers
• Sterile cloth
Thanks to our Community Partners!
• Burt Black Jr. VFW Post 7400
• VFW Post 7400 Auxiliary
• Verde Valley Wine Consortium
To download a printable version of this information, click here.
The #CottonwoodConnected Campaign offers a virtual platform for our community members to share positive news and connect with each other. The campaign also offers a platform for donations to relief efforts.
Donate Money: The Cottonwood Coronavirus Relief Fund will provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in the Verde Valley. There is a donation button on the website where you can securely make a monetary donation: https://cottonwoodconnected.com/
Donate Goods & Services: Businesses and organizations can also support the initiative through the donation of goods, services or volunteer efforts by employee groups. Get your organization engaged in our work to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Arizonans. Donate goods and services to the City of Cottonwood Community Resources Program—click the tab above and to the left to find out more.
Share Your Goodness: Record a video to help spread positivity in the Verde Valley. A form is available on the website to upload your video: https://cottonwoodconnected.com/
- COVID-19 hotline: 844-542-8201
- Yavapai School Lunch Programs: Meals for children ages 1-18
- Community Resources: including COVID-19 info/referrals; child care; counseling, suicide and domestic violence help; early childhood development; LGBT help; mindfulness meditation; kids activities; wifi and internet help
- Homeless, Food, Pregnancy, Healthcare, Counseling: Verde Valley Community Information and Referrals
- Northern Arizona Healthcare COVID-19 Resources website
- School Closure Information: COCSD School Closure Update
- Yavapai County Emergency Food Bank Resources
- Old Town Mission is open and providing services.
- Sedona Fire District COVID-19 Dashboard website
- Arizona Dept of Health Services website
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website
- Yavapai County Community Health Services website
- Community Development: Adjusted Building Operations
- Community Development: Adjusted Planning, Zoning, and Code Enforcement
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits Q&A from the Department of Economic Security
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits - CARES Act from the Department of Economic Security
- Unemployment resources: NACOG Economic/Workforce Development Division: Coronavirus Response Resources
- Restaurant employee help: Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
- Need help paying bills? The U.S. Government has posted resources to help individuals and families.
- Arizona Together is a state website offering support and resources to families and businesses in the state of Arizona.
- Support Local Arizona: website offering ways to contribute to help your favorite local businesses stay in business
- Caring and connection in the time of Covid-19: ASU's Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience
- Mind, Body, Spirit resources
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- COVID-19 Arizona Business Resources from the Arizona Commerce Authority website
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Yavapai College website
- U.S. Small Business Administration Coronavirus Relief Options website
- CARES Act Guides: US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
- Loans to help rural businesses: USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19
- How to apply for an SBA Loan: SBA Economic Injury DLA Process and Fact Sheet
- Where to apply for a small business loan: Active SBA Lenders in Arizona
- Help for Small Businesses facing closure: NACOG Economic/Workforce Development Division: Coronavirus Response Resources
- Keep paying your employees: Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet and Application
- Local First Arizona website offers resources to support small businesses
- Small Business Relief Fund Application through Local Arizona First
- Guidance from Faith-based Organizations from the SBDC
- Arizona Together is a state website offering support and resources to families and businesses in the state of Arizona.
- Help for non-profits through Arizona Community Foundation's Arizona Covid-19 Community Response Fund
- Small Business Grants Program from Facebook
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New Executive Order: “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected”
News Release - March 30, 2020 - Phoenix, AZ
“Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” – that’s what the state is asking of fellow Arizonans in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The latest Executive Order issued today by Governor Doug Ducey follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and comes at the recommendation of public health officials who are tracking data specific to Arizona. The Governor’s order promotes increased physical distancing, while encouraging social connectedness among citizens. It takes place at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, March 31, 2020.
View this information in Spanish HERE.
“Keeping Arizonans safe and healthy as we slow the spread of COVID-19 remains our top priority,” said Governor Ducey. “Arizona citizens and businesses are already responsibly responding to this crisis. This order builds on the state’s efforts to protect public health by reminding Arizonans to maintain healthy habits and find alternative ways to stay connected with friends and loved ones while spending time at home. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will ensure we build capacity in our healthcare system, and help protect the lives of those we love most. It’s important to emphasize that there are no plans to shut down grocery stores. People should continue to buy what you need for a week’s worth of groceries. I’m grateful to everyone making adjustments to fight this virus and protect others. Arizona will get through this, and we’ll do it together.”
Under the Executive Order, Arizonans shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property, except:
To conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or;
For employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; or
To utilize any services or products provided by essential business services;
And for employment if as a sole proprietor or family owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public.
On March 23, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order clarifying businesses and operations deemed “essential” and providing certainty to business owners, employees and families.
Under today’s order, Arizonans are also encouraged to improve social connectedness by:
Maintaining ongoing connections and communication with current social supports and structures such as family, friends, neighbors and other social groups;
Educating fellow Arizonans on the negative health impacts of social isolation;
And developing habits and activities that increase resilience, such as physical activity, virtual social gatherings, assisting neighbors, implementing or participating in connection campaigns for at risk populations, and participating in volunteer activities.
Under this policy, essential activities include:
Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family, household members and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, assignments for completion of distance learning and products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home, residence.
Engaging in activities essential for health and safety, including things such as seeking medical, behavioral health or emergency services and obtaining medical supplies or medication.
Caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, which includes but is not limited to transportation for essential health and safety activities and to obtain necessary supplies and services for the other household.
Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used.
Attending work in or conducting essential services which includes but is not limited to transporting children to child care services for attending work in an essential service.
Engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion, the democratic process to include voting any legal or court process provided that such is conducted in a manner that provides appropriate physical distancing to the extent feasible.
Already, Arizona has taken proactive steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.
On March 11, Governor Ducey issued a declaration of a Public Health State of Emergency to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and mitigate the spread of the disease.
On March 15, a statewide school closure was issued in coordination with Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. Today, it was extended through the end of the school year, following CDC guidance.
Many businesses have already greatly reduced their hours and operations as directed by health officials and in an effort to protect the public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.
On March 17th, following updated guidance from the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) issued updated guidance that included canceling or postponing gatherings of 10 or more people, recommending telework and other alternatives, restricting access to nursing homes, retirement homes and long-term care facilities to provide critical assistance, and providing recommendations to restaurants and eating establishments to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
On March 19th, Governor Ducey required restaurants in Arizona counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to provide dine-out options only and required all bars, gyms and movie theaters in those counties to close. That same day, Governor Ducey halted all elective surgeries in the state of Arizona to free up medical resources and maintain the capacity for hospitals and providers to continue offering vital services.
View a full list of actions HERE.
Last week, Governor Ducey launched the Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities. The website, ArizonaTogether.org, also features tools for mental health support for individuals and families facing changes and stress as a result of COVID-19.
View the Executive Order encouraging Arizonans to stay home, stay healthy and stay connected HERE.
View daily Arizona COVID-19 updates from ADHS HERE.
City of Cottonwood to Modify Operations Under “Stay at Home” Order Issued by Governor Ducey
COTTONWOOD, AZ – March 30, 2020 – An executive order issued by Governor Doug Ducey to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected,” aims to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This order goes into effect Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. A second order was issued “Prohibiting the Closure of Essential Services.” The City of Cottonwood provides many services that are considered essential, and will continue to operate with the following modifications:
- Non-essential personnel will be sent home Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m.
- Essential personnel will work from home if at all possible.
- Essential personnel that have to come into work should practice social distancing.
Ongoing Cottonwood Services
City of Cottonwood Building, Programs, and Services: In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 to protect our employees and citizens, most City buildings, programs and services to the public will be closed beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5 p.m. and until further notice. City employees will still be attending to their duties, and many will still be working in the City offices, accessible by phone and/or email. All public safety, emergency response, transit service, and utility services will continue uninterrupted, and the Cottonwood Municipal Court and Airport will also remain open and operational.
Utility Online Bill Pay: The one-time payment fee for the Utility Billing online bill pay will be waived starting today, March 16, until further notice. We want to encourage customers to pay online, mail payments in or call in payments instead of coming into the office to help keep everyone in the community healthy.
Cottonwood Police Department: The Cottonwood Police Department has suspended the following activities until further notice; Fingerprinting, Police Citizens Academy, Cadet Program, Ride-A-Long Program and Facility Tours.
Cottonwood Area transit (CAT): Cottonwood Area Transit (CAT) has suspended cash fares on all routes. This temporary measure is being taken as a safety precaution for our riders, drivers, and staff that handle cash. Retain your monthly pass or punch pass for use after this precaution is lifted.
We are not making any modifications to the bus service at this time. Should this change we will inform you through the media, the City of Cottonwood website (CottonwoodAZ.gov), our Facebook page (facebook.com/CityofCottonwoodAZ), and via the RouteShout app.
Cottonwood Area Transit has stepped up its bus cleaning efforts to twice a day as part of the normal daily routine. We are doing what we can to help keep a safe working environment for both passengers and drivers. We are asking our passengers to help us with basic hygiene procedures:
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and
- Please stay home if you are feeling sick.
All buses will have disinfectant available on the bus. Together, we can make a difference. For more information about Verde Valley public transportation, please call the CAT office at 928-634-2287.
City of Cottonwood Council Meeting: These meetings will continue as scheduled, but the community is encouraged to watch on Facebook Live. We will have a staff member monitoring and responding to questions as appropriate.
City of Cottonwood City Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting: Tonight’s meeting will be televised and the community is encouraged to watch on Facebook Live.
From the Arizona Department of Health Services
Updated Recommendations - 3/30/2020
- Effective close of business Tuesday, March 31, Arizonans shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property, except:
- To conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or;
- For employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; or
- To utilize any services or products provided by essential business services;
- And for employment if as a sole proprietor or family owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public.
- Essential businesses that remain open shall implement rules and procedures that facilitate physical distancing and spacing of individuals of at least 6 feet.
- Businesses, operations, and activities deemed essential by the state were clarified here.
- Arizonans are encouraged to improve social connectedness, resiliency, and help-seeking behavior.
- Arizona schools state-wide are closed through the end of the school year.
- All restaurants are required to provide dine-out options only.
- All bars, movie theaters, and gyms are required to close.
- All elective surgeries are halted in the state of Arizona.
- If someone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home and contact your medical provider.
- All mass gatherings of 10 or more people must be canceled or postponed.
Arizona DHS COVID-19 Homepage: Your go-to resource for Arizona-specific guidance (link here).
Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC@azdhs.gov): Please share proposed private sector or city partnerships that you may have, or that are proposed to you. Please also reach out if you have questions about response operations -- such as equipment needs for first responders, patients, etc.
Center for Disease Control Homepage: Latest recommendations including President Trump’s guidelines (link here)
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COVID-19 Senior Citizen Necessities Donation Drive
Public Safety members from the City of Cottonwood are banding together and helping to take care of those who have taken care of us.
As you are aware, this current crisis has caused extreme hardship on the elderly in our area. We are starting a donation drive to collect toilet paper and other essential toiletries for area seniors. All supplies collected will be donated to the elderly within our City. Please bring any new, unused items that you can spare to the front desk at the Cottonwood Police Department. Thank you for your support of our area seniors. Call 928-634-4246 for more details.