Governor Ducey Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan
Governor Ducey announced new public health guidance and a new Executive Order 2020-40 to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Therefore, beginning Monday, June 22, 2020, anyone entering a city government building will be required to wear a mask; this includes city team members and members of the community. The new Executive Order also includes requirements for businesses, and specific requirements for bars and restaurants:
· Section 3 of the Executive Oder reinforces that businesses must update and enforce written policies in accordance with Executive Order 2020-36 -- in line with guidance from specific public health sources to limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The section also affirms that law enforcement and regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over the businesses may enforce this requirement.
· Section 4 of the EO permits counties, cities, and towns to adopt policies regarding the wearing of face coverings in public for the purpose of mitigating the spread of COVID-19. This policy is the result of recent data that shows significant differences in rates of COVID-19 diagnosis between areas of the state that justify a local approach to this provision.
Kingman Mayor Jen Miles said, "Governor Ducey has provided cities and counties flexibility to decide whether wearing face masks is mandatory in our communities. At this time, the city is not making mask wearing a requirement when out in public, but as stated above, masks will be mandatory inside our city government buildings. We will continue to monitor the spread in our community and the capacity of our health care system to care for those requiring hospitalization. To curb the spread of this virus, we ask everyone to socially distance in public and please do wear a mask. So many of us know people who have suffered from COVID-19, some of whom have died. Let us do the right things to safeguard and maximize health in our community."
The Governor also offered enhanced guidance regarding limited congregating. Arizona’s Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger Executive Order issued on May 12 requires businesses and other entities operating in the state to implement health and safety plans to protect workers and customers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Updated guidance issued today by ADHS requires specific health measures be taken by establishments, including:
· Physically distancing of 6 feet
· Providing employees with face-coverings and requiring usage
· Conducting symptom checks for all employees before shifts
· Requiring sick employees to stay home
· And increasing the frequency of employee hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting
As a reminder, the July 7, 2020, City Council meeting will be held virtually, as the city continues to take the necessary steps to continue to protect City Council members, our community, and city team members to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The City of Kingman is conducting the July 7, 2020, formal City Council meetings virtually, with the ability for submitted public comment. Meeting policy, and public comment guidelines for all virtual meetings are listed below:
· Per the ongoing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no more than 10 people should be gathered at the same time, therefore no Council or Commission meetings are taking place in the Council Chambers.
· Residents can submit comments on any item on the June 16, 2020, City Council agenda before 9:00a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, or July 7, 2020, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or dropping off handwritten comments at the Main City Complex. (Commission meetings will follow same guidelines for day-of meeting.)
· Please indicate the item number on the agenda you are commenting on. The emails/written statements will be provided to council/commissioners in a .pdf for them to review, and the list of names and topics that were submitted will be read. A copy of all submissions in their entirety will be attached to the minutes and made a part of public record.
· Regarding upcoming public hearings at the July 7, 2020, virtual meetings: residents wishing to comment on any of the public hearings must contact the city clerk’s office, no later than 9:00 a.m. on the day of that meeting (July 7, 2020, Council meeting). Comments will be accepted in written and standard audio format (.wav or .mp4). Audio comments must be under 3 minutes in length and can be submitted to the city clerk or deputy city clerk by email: email@example.com, or by dropping them off to the clerk’s office located at 310 N. 4th Street.
· City Clerk hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
· As in the past, residents can watch the Council and/or Commissions meetings live streamed at youtube.com/cityofkingman or Cable Channel 4
· The future, virtual meeting agendas can be found here: www.cityofkingman.gov/government/agendas-minutes
We appreciate the community’s support of the temporary adjustment to our formal City Council meetings.
To help contain the spread of COVID-19, health officials have issued the following recommendations:
Know how it spreads -
· There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
· The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
· The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Wash your hands often -
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
· If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact -
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
· Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Cover coughs and sneezes -
- If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect -
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
Monitor Your Health -
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
- Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
- Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
For more information, visit: https://www.cityofkingman.gov/government/advanced-components/covid-19-microsite