City of Cottonwood COVID-19 (coronavirus) Response

  1. Statement
  2. Closures/Cancellations
  3. Community Resources
  4. Small Business Resources
  5. SHOP LOCAL

Temporary Closure of Cottonwood Bars, Gyms, and On-site Dining at Restaurants Enacted to Slow Spread of Coronavirus

In an effort to protect our citizens and keep our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed, Mayor Tim Elinski has declared a public health emergency for the City of Cottonwood.1 This decree aligns with Executive Order 2020-09 issued by Governor Doug Ducey.2 As of March 19, 2020, Yavapai County had its first case of COVID-19, according to Yavapai County Community Health Services.3 As a result Cottonwood must follow the recommendations of disease control experts. This means the closure of bars, indoor fitness centers, and other similar businesses. Restaurants may continue to serve customers using drive-thru, pickup, and delivery methods, but dine-in service has been suspended. Please refer to Mayor Elinski’s Proclamation of Emergency for more specific details.1

During these difficult times, please check on your neighbors. It is important that we work together to ensure that everyone is safe and cared for.

The City of Cottonwood will keep the COVID-19 portion of the website up-to-date as new information becomes available: https://cottonwoodaz.gov/coronavirus.

For more information on Mayor Tim Elinski’s Proclamation of Emergency, please visit: https://cottonwoodaz.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3253/3-20-20-COVID-19-Proclamation.

For more information on Executive Order 2020-09 issued by Governor Ducey, visit https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/03/governor-ducey-announces-latest-covid-19-actions.

According to Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) a resident of Sedona has tested as presumptive positive for the COVID-19 virus. This case in being investigated by YCCHS, and those in contact with this case are being identified and contacted, according to YCCHS’s statement. For more information on this case, please visit http://www.yavapai.us/chs/.

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 - azdhs.gov
Updated Recommendations - 3/20/2020

  • Effective close of business Friday, March 20, all restaurants in Arizona counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases are required to provide dine-out options only.
  • Effective close of business Friday, March 20, all bars, movie theaters, and gyms in counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases are required to close.
  • Halt all elective surgeries 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.
  • Expiration dates on Arizona driver licenses are delayed.
  • State-wide closures of Arizona schools through Friday, April 10, 2020.
    • When school resumes, school administrators should develop and implement precautions to ensure schools are a safe learning environment, including social distancing measures, regular intervals for administrators to wash and sanitize their hands, and guidance on how to properly and frequently sanitize equipment and common surfaces.
  • Recommendations to cancel or postpone mass gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Recommend telework and other alternatives when available

Recommended Resources

Community and Business Partner Recommendations: (link here). Feel free to share with businesses in your communities. Here is Governor Ducey’s tweet about these guidelines. 

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)


Ongoing Efforts

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.