It is almost always the case that when disaster strikes, people living in poverty end up being affected disproportionately. A lack of resources limit both these families’ ability to prepare for emergencies and their ability to recover. As the novel coronavirus spreads across the country and more Americans are contracting COVID-19, we can expect that low-income Americans will be hit especially hard.
The Community Action Partnership in collaboration with CAPLAW, NCAF, and NASCSP released a statement regarding a national response. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Arizona has a total of 508 cases. The community spread of COVID-19 in Arizona is widespread, our state risk is increasing with some areas of hightened risk. ADHS provides an daily update on Arizona’s COVID-19 response. State health officials have updated their recommendations:
- 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 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 to telework and other alternatives when available.
Wildfire has moved to a teleworking policy and our offices will be closed effective March 16, 2020. The health and safety of our consumers and staff are our primary concern, and at this time we are following the most current advice of the Centers for Disease Control.
As an organization that connects Arizonans to critical services, we will continue to answer our phones and provide the most up to date resources available. If you or someone you know needs to be connected to resources, please call us at 602-604-0640.