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In a telephone town hall Wednesday evening aimed at areas of Yuma County with lower COVID-19 vaccine uptake, Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, answered questions, addressed concerns and shared the “right” information.

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Did you receive a text with a survey about your vaccine? It’s one of those scams that just keeps reappearing … each time with a new twist. This time, the phony survey claims to be from pharmaceutical company Pfizer, with questions about their COVID-19 vaccine.

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Shady Mercado, 38, and her daughter, Samantha Mercado, 20, want to be able to leave their home and feel safe. They want to visit with friends and extended family without fear of getting sick with the COVID-19 virus.

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As more states open up, COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all adult residents, demand is far outpacing supply. “Vaccine hunter” websites, online forums and social media groups have sprung up, offering to help people find open appointments and leftover vaccine doses in their area.

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Sewage testing has revealed an increase of the virus that causes COVID-19 throughout Yuma County. Officials announced the elevated levels in the wastewater on Friday and encouraged precautions, testing and vaccination.

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Yuma County, in partnership with the Western Arizona Council of Governments, launched a new emergency rental assistance program to help residents throughout the county. Funding will be used to pay for past-due rent and utility bills and other housing expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As the Yuma Civic Center is prepared for the switch to a state-supported COVID-19 vaccination “super pod,” Yuma Regional Medical Center is seeking community volunteers to help run the site, and yes, volunteers will get the vaccine.

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A state-supported COVID-19 vaccination “super pod” that will open March 29 at the Yuma Civic Center will start with 8,000 appointments per week but will eventually be able to administer more than 4,000 doses per day. The term “pod” is used to reference a “point of dispensing” vaccination site.

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Following calls from concerned residents, Yuma County officials clarified on Monday that the COVID-19 coronavirus has been detected in the Del Oro wastewater only and not the drinking water. The drinking water is safe and does not have to be boiled before use.

The Yuma County Office of Emergency Management and Arizona State University are holding a free saliva testing event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at Arizona Western College, 2020 S. Avenue 8E (P1 Parking Lot, enter from 24th Street) in Yuma.

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Yuma County on Friday alerted Del Oro residents that increasing levels of COVID-19 had been detected in that area of the Foothills. According to a map sent by the county, the affected area covers the southwestern portion of the Mesa Del Sol subdivision, off Interstate 8, between Fortuna Road…

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Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot told Rep. Paul Gosar that he does not have the authority to honor the congressman’s request to detain asylum-seeking migrants that are being released in Yuma and San Luis.

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As extreme weather across the nation delays shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine, Yuma County officials called for continued patience as the demand for the shot continues to exceed the supply available in Yuma County.

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Yuma County supervisors on Wednesday expressed concern that asylum-seeking migrants dropped off into the community without sufficient COVID-19 testing and preventive measures will contribute to the spread of the virus.

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The Quechan lndian Tribe, “with great sadness,” announced the death of Councilwoman Claudette C. White on Saturday after a short battle with COVID-19. She is survived by her son, Zion, who is recovering from the coronavirus.

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Editor’s note: Meeting times and public access should be verified prior to attending. Some boards have closed meetings to the public due to COVID-19 and can only be viewed online. Send changes to mknaub@yumasun.com.

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The inconsistencies in the price of COVID-19 testing came up during the Yuma County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday. The charge for taking a test to detect the coronavirus in the county ranges from free to $161.

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Yuma County tackled two problems related to the COVID-19 vaccine this past week. First, some providers were not reporting data in a timely manner, leading to a smaller allocation for the county. Second, some people outside the prioritized groups were being vaccinated, according to members of…

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Reports of child abuse in Yuma County were down in 2020, but not because less children were being abused. Rather, with the COVID-19 pandemic, kids spent more time at home, away from teachers’ watchful eyes. Teachers are often the ones who spot and report suspected abuse.

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, three cleaning crew members have continuously worked in the COVID-19 and intensive care units at Yuma Regional Medical Center, where some of the community’s sickest patients have been treated.

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More COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in Yuma County on Tuesday. Some of the new supply will be distributed to healthcare providers and some will be used in drive-thru vaccination clinics held by the Yuma County Public Health District.

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Yuma County will pay for home internet access for students who don’t have the service to support their remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Normally, the Yuma Sun staff concludes the year with the Top 10 stories of the year, highlighting the news that had the biggest impact in Yuma County throughout the year.

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As the number of COVID-19 cases spike, the most pressing issue at Yuma Regional Medical Center isn’t space. It’s staffing. YRMC still has enough beds for patients, but not enough nurses or equipment to staff those beds.

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I’m so fortunate to be able to work from home during this pandemic, but many essential workers have to leave their homes every day. Healthcare workers are fighting in the frontlines, and they have my respect and gratitude. But there are other workers who also deserve respect and gratitude, s…

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With new daily cases of COVID-19 infections continuing to spike, Yuma officials are urging residents to avoid large gatherings this holiday season and continue wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing.

Yuma County’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases here is 12,720, according to the county’s Sept. 29 update, and there have been 345 deaths. There were 8 new cases reported.

Yuma County’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases here is 11,854, according to the county’s Aug. 15 update, and there have been 297 deaths. There were 64 new cases reported.

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Sunset Health, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services, is holding a drive-thru testing blitz on Saturday. Testing will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the clinic located at 675 S. Avenue B.

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Yuma County’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases here is 8,310, according to the county’s July 12 update, and there have been 145 deaths. There were 162 new cases reported.

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Yuma County’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases here is 7,613, according to the county’s July 7 update, and there have been 120 deaths. There were 168 new cases reported.

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An employee from the Yuma County Intergovernmental Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) has been confirmed positive for COVID-19, the agency announced in a news release Tuesday. While it’s unclear whether the individual — whose last day of work was June 12 — was exposed while on the job, manage…

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PHOENIX — Conceding he made a mistake in allowing them to reopen, Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday shuttered all bars in the state for at least the next 30 days.

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From hosting painting classes and live performances to providing a venue for art exhibitions, meetings and special events, Littlewood Fine Art & Community Co-Op has served as a cultural center for the community over the last three years.

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In response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Yuma Regional Medical Center has initiated Tier 3 of its pandemic plan, bringing added staffing support from areas throughout the organization.

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Crane School District reported Friday that two additional district employees — one from the district’s maintenance department and one from the district’s warehouse — have been confirmed positive for COVID-19.

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With a 5-2 vote, the Yuma City Council agreed to amend the March emergency proclamation to add a requirement for the use of face coverings within city public places. The mask mandate became effective at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Starting Monday, all Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT) and YCAT OnCall passengers will be required to wear a face mask or another type of facial covering while on board. Passengers without a mask will not be allowed to board.

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PHOENIX — In an abrupt about-face, Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday agreed to give city, town and county officials the power to enact and enforce requirements for people to wear face masks.

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Yuma County’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases here is 3,404, according to the county’s June 15 update, and there have been 51 deaths. There were 125 new cases reported.

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Taking to heart the popular Mister Rogers quote to “look for the helpers” in frightening times, local Rotarians have looked within, typifying the traits of helpers in their own communities to provide some relief from the effects of COVID-19.

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Yuma is extending the expiration date of most permits to help developers and those in the construction and real estate industries as they struggle with difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On June 1, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) released a 40-page “roadmap” offering guidance to public school districts as they plan and prepare to reopen their classroom doors this fall. With such recommendations as keeping social distancing intact through modified layouts, Yuma Coun…

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Local leaders have banded together in a call to action urging all Yuma County residents to strictly follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the county.

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Crane School District announced on Tuesday that a third positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the district. The individual is an employee of the nutrition services department; the individual’s last day of work was May 26, according to a press release from the district.

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PHOENIX – The number of Arizonans hospitalized with positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 surged to 1,009 on Monday, raising questions from the state’s former health chief about whether Gov. Doug Ducey should have abandoned his stay-at-home order.

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Doctors at Yuma Regional Medical Center are testing a possible treatment for COVID-19 called convalescent plasma, which could deliver antibodies and counteract the severity of the virus.

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Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area was gearing up to reopen the Colorado River State Historic Park and Yuma Territorial Prison today, but due to the daily high numbers of COVID-19 positive cases, it has delayed the reopenings.

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Yuma County’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases here is 1,078, according to the county’s May 30 update, and there have been 16 deaths. There were 96 new cases reported.

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Yuma Regional Medical Center transferred a dozen COVID-19 patients to other hospitals, but officials say that it’s not because the hospital reached full capacity. Rather, officials said, the move is meant to keep more beds open in case of a “significant surge” in COVID-19 patients.

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Blitz testing for COVID-19 will continue on Saturday with a drive-thru event in Yuma. Sunset Health, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services and Sonora West Laboratories, will offer drive-thru testing from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sunset clinic located at 675 S. Avenue B.

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Editor’s Note: In honor of EMS Week, the Yuma Fire Department released a series of information and tips about safety. This story on injury prevention for seniors is one in that series.

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In a recent New York Times article projecting areas in which COVID-19 could “flare up next,” Yuma ranks No. 2 for the nation’s potential hot spots, reportedly marked by an 8% average daily growth rate and a doubling of cases every 9.2 days.

Blitz testing for COVID-19 continues this Saturday with a drive-thru event in Wellton. The Regional Center for Border Health, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services, will offer the drive-thru testing from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the Wellton Elementary Sc…

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Great Beginnings Preschool is closed until further notice as Crane School District received notice Friday that an employee of the preschool tested positive for COVID-19. According to a press release from the district, the individual has not worked on the school’s campus since May 14 and is c…

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Editor’s note: This story is one in an ongoing series celebrating Yuma’s everyday heroes and their contribution to the community’s greater good. To submit a Hometown Hero, send in an email to news@yumasun.com. 

In a recent campus news release, Arizona Western College announced that, through the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act Relief Grant, spring semester students enrolled in for-credit classes can expect to receive a sum of stimulus funds either by mail or directly into t…

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While COVID-19 has spurred an extensive series of changes in Yuma Regional Medical Center’s everyday policies and practices, staff in the labor and delivery unit are striving to keep things running as close to normal as possible.

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The Arizona State Prison Complex Yuma, which is located east of the city of San Luis, now has the second highest number of inmates who have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Arizona Department of Corrections is reporting.

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Another favorite Yuma restaurant announced that an employee tested positive for COVID-19, but the eatery feels confident enough in its sanitizing process that it will not be closing.

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When Erica Espinoza gets home from work, she has to keep her three daughters away from her. She’s a nurse who works in the Emergency Department of Yuma Regional Medical Center.

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The warm weather has finally arrived! One hundred degree days and cool nights should have the melons, wheat, cotton and Sudan grass growing happily. What an amazing time we are all living through. Decisions are being made on a daily basis depending on the latest information rather than follo…

United Way of Yuma County announced $856,460 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to provide critical resources for Yuma County’s most vulnerable population.

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Yuma County on Thursday reported the COVID-19-related death of a child from the area. It is the first pediatric death in connection with the coronavirus in Arizona. The child had multiple serious underlying medical conditions, according to a county press release.

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The Arizona State Prison Complex Yuma is one of the facilities with no confirmed cases of COVID-19, but corrections officers there are being asked to volunteer to work their days off at Florence/Eyman, which has 47 positive cases of the coronavirus among inmates and staff.

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The coronavirus pandemic has hurt businesses throughout Yuma County, and the executive director of Visit Yuma notes it’s also changing the way people spend their time and money. Now, Visit Yuma is hoping some of those changes might one day benefit the region.

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They had a window between them but the sight of her daughter through the glass brought joy and comfort to Cynthia Molphy Marshall’s mother as she convalesced at Yuma Rehabilitation Hospital after a serious illness.

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