In a press release on Friday, Crane School District announced that a second district employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The first was reported by the district May 22.

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.

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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SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. – An image posted on City Hall’s Facebook page shows the bottoms of a pair of bare feet. Dangling from a toe is a tag that says “COVID-19.”

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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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As the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Yuma County, with Saturday’s reported 41 new cases bringing the area’s overall total to 645, Yuma Regional Medical Center says its care team is prepared and ready to care for the community.

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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…

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…

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey is telling business owners that their ability to remain open – and the future of the Arizona economy – is going to depend on how well they follow the voluntary protocols designed to prevent another outbreak of COVID-19.

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR — Can you recommend some good grocery and/or meal service delivery options for seniors? My 78-year-old mother has always shopped for herself, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit the grocery store, shelves are always half empty, and she’s getting more fearful of leaving t…

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Healthcare facilities in Yuma County will continue the testing blitz for COVID-19 on Saturday. Following are the sites that will offer drive-thru testing:

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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.

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.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol has been providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for its employees and detainees, although they’re keeping few people in their facility while the COVID-19 pandemic goes on.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SAN LUIS, Ariz. — Residents here won’t have to worry about losing water service if a job or wage losses resulting from the COVID-19 prevents them from paying their bills to the city.

PHOENIX — Saying he’s seeing some positive trends, Gov. Doug Ducey agreed Monday to loosen the reins a little bit more on the state’s economy.

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To enhance public participation in Yuma City Council meetings while public health restrictions remain in place, the city is testing a pilot program for residents this Wednesday. Citizens will be able to join the meeting using the conferencing software service Zoom using a computer or telephone. 

SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. — An order suspending city-sponsored public events has been extended through the end of the year, as part of measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 and to help families struggling financially as a result of the pandemic.

As the tragic impact of the COVID-19 on New York City continues to dominate the news, a former Yuman is on the frontline as a physician in the Emergency Department of one of the area’s hospitals.

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As Yuma Regional Medical Center responds to the health needs of the community from the “frontlines” of the COVID-19 pandemic, donations have come pouring in from all sorts of people and places to equip staff with necessary protection.

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Carla Scmidt Hernandez said she needs a haircut. Connie Whitener, pointing to her hair, said it’s time for a perm. They made their wishes known with the signs they held during a rally held Friday on 4th Avenue, near 24th Street.

Yuma Regional Medical Center and Sunset Health are joining the “blitz” COVID-19 testing effort announced by Gov. Doug Ducey.

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COVID-19 is such a new disease that experts still have much to learn about how it spreads. A lot of the confusion among the general public centers on testing and, in particular, who may need testing and how to get tested.

Sunset Health is joining the “Arizona Testing Blitz” announced by Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday with drive-thru testing for COVID-19 in Yuma, Somerton, and San Luis, Arizona.

PHOENIX — A move by the University of Arizona to test 250,000 Arizonans for COVID-19 antibodies comes as scientists are still debating how much protection against future infection a positive result means — and, more to the point, for how long.

Due to climbing temperatures, Crane School District and Yuma School District One have modified the hours of their grab-and-go meal programs in order to beat the heat.

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PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday announced a “blitz’’ to test up to 60,000 Arizonans in the next three weekends to better determine how many Arizonans are infected with COVID-19.

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SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. – In less that a month, this city has recorded more that 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19, accounting for more than half of all cases in Sonora, the state health director said.

While students, staff and faculty are encouraged to stay home, Arizona Western College is encouraging the campus community to stay connected with the health and wellness department to combat stress and anxiety.

The Yuma County Chamber of Commerce will present the next discussion in its virtual Lunch & Learn series at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

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Yuma Regional Medical Center confirmed on Friday the first positive cases of COVID-19 among staff members. This week’s lab results confirmed that three employees have tested positive for the virus.

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SOMERTON -- Tenants of public housing in south Yuma County will get financial relief from the U.S. Department of Housing to help them weather economic difficulties resulting from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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The University of Arizona and Yuma County announced that a shipment of 700 sample collection test kits will arrive in Yuma on Wednesday. The sample collection kits are the same as the “test kits” that were delivered last week.

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The signs are popping up everywhere in Yuma. They remind residents that “We Will Get Through This Together #YumaStrong.”

PHOENIX -- Legislative leaders are planning to pull the plug on the 2020 session with the intent of not coming back to the Capitol to deal with outstanding financial and policy issues until next January.

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Yuma’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, approved April 15 by the City Council, is now accepting applications. The form can be found at https://bit.ly/3buDh8H.

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As “leaders in learning,” Crane School District’s mission is to foster a community of change-makers through innovative problem-solving; and since COVID-19 shook up the world, Crane has been doing exactly that.

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PHOENIX — Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Capitol Monday — virtually none wearing masks — to object to orders by Gov. Doug Ducey requiring people to stay at home and closing what he says are non-essential businesses.

To enforce the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s directives for social gatherings, the Crane School District governing board conducted its April meeting via Vimeo (a video streaming platform) Tuesday evening.

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PHOENIX — Nearly 420,000 Arizonans have lost their jobs so far due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the shutdown of non-essential businesses and stay-at-home orders by Gov. Doug Ducey.

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US Customs and Border Protection announced Friday via Twitter that the San Luis Port of Entry will limit southbound travel through to the San Luis Port of Entry starting Monday. This is in response to Mexican Customs officials, or SAT, announcing the same change to their side of the port on …

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Yuma resident Catherine Gary, 65, beat breast cancer five years ago. She had a double mastectomy and then three years later reconstructive surgery out of town.

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Yuma resident Catherine Gary, 65, beat breast cancer five years ago. She had a double mastectomy and then three years later reconstructive surgery out of town.

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Scammers have taken on new deception techniques to target businesses affected through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Better Business Bureau (BBB) advocates for business owners and their employees to practice vigilance and assess possible privacy and cybersecurity risks. As organization…

Yuma County leaders concluded during a Friday meeting that the most important thing they can do to prepare for the reopening of the local economy is to “double down” on the social distance message and personal responsibility.

Some local leaders are meeting on Friday to discuss what the reopening of the Yuma County economy would look like. With many businesses and services closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and only businesses deemed essential still operating, the local economy has slowed significantly.

Three hundred COVID-19 test kits arrived in Yuma County on Wednesday for distribution over the weekend by Yuma County’s Public Health Services District, giving a needed boost to the testing capacity here.

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To limit exposure to COVID-19 in east Yuma County, Antelope Union High School District and Dateland Elementary School have shifted their grab-and-go meals program to twice-weekly and weekly, respectively.

In the past month, the Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department has been dispatched to the area south of County 19th between Avenues B and C for reports of injured people.

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In honor and memoriam of those who’ve lost their lives to COVID-19, flags on Antelope Union High School’s campus are being flown at half-staff until, in the words of district superintendent Greg Copeland, “there’s some kind of break in this crisis.”

The Yuma County Chamber of Commerce will present a Virtual Lunch & Learn at 11 a.m., featuring local experts who will discuss “Disinfecting and Staying Safe While Sheltering in Place”.

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The Yuma County Public Health Services District announced Monday there is now community spread of COVID-19 here in Yuma County. The determination arose after officials were unable to determine the source of infection for a local case, and note that any interaction within the community could …

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Beginning this week, Yuma School District One’s grab-and-go meal sites will shift to a weekly pick-up model. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Thursday, students age 18 and younger will receive five breakfasts and five lunches at one of the district’s locations from April 16 to May 28.

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PHOENIX — So it turns out that some areas of the state, like the near south side of Tucson, may not be quite the COVID-19 hotspots that newly released data would show.

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Starting Wednesday, Yuma Union High School District athletic fields will light up for 20 minutes each week as a way of honoring the Class of 2020. At 20:20 military time (8:20 p.m.), families across Yuma County are encouraged to join the movement and turn on their porch lights in support of …

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SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. — The municipal government here placed new restrictions on travel this weekend as 22 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed among residents in a two-day period.

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Yuma Regional Medical Center has created a Registered Nurse Resource Deployment Command Center to activate in the instance that the hospital sees a surge of patients with COVID-19.

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Working from home isn’t an option afforded to all parents — some must continue donning nurses’ scrubs and public safety uniforms and reporting to the frontlines of healthcare facilities and emergency calls every day. For some of these essential workers, their little ones’ preschools are equa…

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While the Yuma County Justice Center remains open during the coronavirus outbreak, access to the building is now being limited to just the people who have court proceedings or those needing essential services, according to Court Security Manager Cesar Fazz.

PHOENIX — Have friends flying in from Fort Worth? Roanoke, Va.? Or even Lesterville, S.D.?

On Sunday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper issued a directive that anyone on Department of Defense property, installations, or facilities has to wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers.

With COVID-19 instituting stringent social distancing measures — particularly where public schools are concerned — three local districts are finding creative ways to work together to care for their students during this time apart.

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Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls participated in a White House phone briefing about COVID-19 on Wednesday in which President Trump directly addressed city and state government leaders.

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SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. – Two residents of this city have died from the coronavirus, Sonora’s state health ministry has confirmed.

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey wants visitors to Arizona from the New York City area -- and anywhere else there is “substantial community spread’’ -- to quarantine themselves for two weeks after arrival.

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey won’t use his emergency powers to help groups seeking changes in state law use an existing online service to get the signatures they need to qualify for the ballot.

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Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending everyone should wear a mask when out in public, some Yuma County residents are asking about the right kind of mask, how it should be made and how often it should be washed, among other questions.

SAN LUIS, Ariz. — Businesses is this city’s downtown commercial district say they have lost many or most of their customers in the days since the border was closed as part of measures to contain the coronavirus.

Both the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and the Yuma Police Department have reported receiving multiple inquiries regarding Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s executive orders relating to essential services and activities, and the “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” policy.

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First-responders throughout Yuma County can’t let concerns about coming in contact with people who may have been infected with the (COVID-19) coronavirus prevent them from doing their jobs, and all have taken precautions to help reduce their risk of contracting or spreading the highly-contag…

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PHOENIX -- The number of Arizonans out of work and seeking benefits hit yet another new record this past week as the state economy continues to feel the effects of COVID-19.

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PHOENIX -- Saying some landlords are weighing evictions, Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday ordered judges around the state to immediately suspend such legal actions against commercial tenants affected by the pandemic.

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When Arizona Western College decided, for the health and safety of the Matador community, to adopt an all-online format for its 1,500 classes through the remainder of the spring semester, faculty had a narrow window of time to shift their in-class learning objectives and assignments to the web.

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