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City Working to minimize impact of COVID-19 to City Services

Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise today reassured residents that the City of Avondale has plans in place to address the impact of the new Corona Virus (COVID-19) on city services.
Post Date:03/12/2020

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For immediate release: March 12, 2020


Avondale Mayor: City Working to minimize impact of COVID-19 to City Services

 
Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise today reassured residents that the City of Avondale has plans in place to address the impact of the new Corona Virus (COVID-19) on city services.

“This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk may change daily,” Mayor Weise said. “The City of Avondale is closely following state and federal guidelines to ensure that we are meeting the standards for health and safety for our community. Avondale Fire/Medical Emergency Operations staff is keeping the city’s management team updated with regard to the public health situation, and the City is reviewing all operations throughout the organization to ensure that we have the necessary contingencies in place to deal with the Coronavirus.

Said Avondale City Manager Charles Montoya: “Every effort will be made to minimize the impact to city services, keeping in mind that some changes are necessary to ensure the public’s health.”
Avondale City Hall will remain open for business, regular hours Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (City Hall is closed on Fridays.) Residents are encouraged to utilize online services wherever possible, including online water bill payment. Visit avondaleaz.gov for more information on available online services.

Passport Services: Avondale City Hall is a designated Passport Acceptance facility. Beginning Monday, March 16, passport services will be BY APPOINTMENT only. To schedule an appointment, please call 623-333-1200 or email CityClerk@avondaleaz.gov .

Avondale Senior Center: Effective Monday, March 16, the Neighborhood & Family Services Department will temporarily suspend programming, activities and transportation at the Avondale Senior Center until further notice. NFS will continue its Home Delivered Meal Program. Participants who rely on the congregate meal program (lunch at the senior center), can pick up a nutritious Brown Bag meal from 11:30am to 12:30 pm on weekdays from the Senior Center, located at 1007 S. Third Street. If participants who normally receive transportation services from our Senior Center are unable to attend during lunch service, accommodations will be made to deliver meals. Weekly Mobile Food Pantry will remain in effect. For questions or additional information regarding the Senior Center, please call 623.333.2705.

Avondale Care 1st Resource Center and Avondale Public Libraries: These facilities will remain open. Library programming for large group activities may be temporarily curtailed.

Avondale City Parks: Will remain open. Changes to sports and recreation programming, as well as special events will be evaluated.

Avondale’s Facilities division is increasing its efforts to clean and sanitize city buildings to reduce risk to employees and customers.

Said Mayor Weise: “Any changes to our operations are being done as precautionary measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our community. It’s important for our residents to know that the City is working hard to keep vital services running. Rest assured, your water is clean and safe, your trash service will remain uninterrupted, your streets are being maintained, and our public safety personnel are working around the clock.”

COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. People at highest risk for complications and death from COVID-19 are older adults and people with serious medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. The public is advised to seek information regarding COVID-19 from official channels, including the following:

Arizona Department of Health Services
· Coronavirus, www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-home

· Covid-19 FAQs, www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-faqs

Maricopa County
· Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) www.maricopa.gov/5460/Coronavirus-Disease-2019

· "What Can I Do" www.maricopa.gov/5489/What-Can-I-Do

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Coronavirus Disease 2019, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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