Northern Arizona Healthcare Curtailing Services leaving residents at great risk
The negative impact of recent decisions by Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) on the perceived availability and quality of healthcare for residents of the Verde Valley region is unacceptable. | Editorial/Opininon by Supervisor Michaels
Redistricting Message from Supervisor Donna G. Michaels, Ph.D.
The Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) will be making decisions about Arizonans’ future voting districts. Voting districts determine what district a resident will vote in for representation in the United States Congress and the Arizona State Legislature. Redistricting is necessary as it reviews any population changes from the last ten years, based on Census data, and creates districts of equal population. | Preamble and Position
The CDC Encourages Parents to Help Protect Your Child and Your Family
The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized by the FDA and the CDC for emergency use for children 12 years of age and older. Some parents have already made plans for their adolescents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Understandably, some parents want more information before their children receive a vaccine. The CDC encourages parents with questionsto talk to your child’s healthcare provider or your family doctor to learn more about the vaccine. | May 14 Update
Guardrail Construction and Improvements in Cornville and Prescott
Arizona Highway Safety Specialists, Inc., in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing guardrail construction and improvements on Cornville Road in the Cornville area and Iron Springs Road in the Prescott area. Construction will begin May 3, 2021, and continue through June 14, 2021. | PRESS RELEASE
American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
March 17, 2021 - The White House released this American Rescue Plan fact sheet about the impacts in Arizona as well as the Plan's impact on health care costs and coverage, including examples of cost savings. View the American Rescue Plan for Arizona.
Help your Neighbor Make an Appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccines
March 26, 2021 - Governor Ducey stated yesterday that distribution of vaccine is the best path to getting back to normal and thanked the millions of Arizonans who have rolled up their sleeves to make the rollout of the vaccine campaign successful.
With only 56.1% of Yavapai County’s population 65+ vaccinated, many community partners are stepping up to assist seniors in obtaining their vaccine – Spectrum Healthcare and YRMC have mobile units visiting homebound seniors, NACOG Area Agency on Aging has coordinated with Verde Valley Caregivers to help seniors with making appointments and transportation to and from their appointments.
Another valuable resource is the residents of our county who could encourage their friends and neighbors in finding the available appointments using the Yavapai County Vaccine Information page and booking the appointment for them. | March 26th Update
A Few Lessons Learned During the Pandemic
March 18, 2021 – This past year has been hard – for everyone. Here is a list of lessons learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
March 12, 2021 - As an elected official, transparency is a must. So is owning your actions. See Supervisor Michaels' letter to constituents dated March 12, 2021.
CDC Releases Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Americans
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines say people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may safely gather with small groups from other households without wearing mask or physical distancing, even if those people have not yet had their shots. The long-awaited guidelines loosen restrictions on how people can socialize. The guidance also notes that fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine or be tested after exposure if exposed to the coronavirus if they have no symptoms. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have gotten the second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines - or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. | March 8 Update
Governor Ducey’s Executive Order Regarding Schools
In a news release from the Governor’s Office, Governor Ducey has been in discussions with public school leaders and based on new guidance from the Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), an Executive Order was issued to have schools return to in-person, teacher-led instruction. | March 4 Update
APS FAQ Oak Creek to McGuireville Reliability Project
Why is a new power line needed in this area? What are the benefits of this new power line? These questions, and several others, are answered in this APS Project FAQ.
Marking the One-Year Anniversary of the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 11, 2020 was the day the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a worldwide pandemic. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor, reflected on the past year in an interview on the Today show this morning. He expressed cautious optimism about what lies ahead for the rest of 2021. While the virus is “still very much circulating,” Dr. Fauci said there is indeed “light at the end of the tunnel as the vaccine rollout continues, but we’ve got to keep putting our foot to the pedal when it comes to public health measures.” He also urged the public to “at a minimum” keep wearing masks, adding that it’s indeed “risky” for state leaders to insist on prematurely reopening. | March 11 Update