Pinal County Takes Responsibility To Stay Informed, Involved And Prepared
By, Gina Salinas – Pinal County
Pinal County appreciates how our residents are coming together in these extraordinary circumstances. We want to ensure the health and safety of our families, neighbors, friends, and communities.
Our employees are equally just as important, and we greatly value their level of effort to continue to best serve you in this challenging time. Pinal County staff will continue to enact a high level of quality work. Pinal County leadership, the board of supervisors, and various partners will continue to take full responsibility to remain informed, involved, and prepared to help meet the evolving challenges resulting from the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
To support efforts in slowing the spread of the virus below you will find solid, reliable information about COVID-19 and a list of changes being made by Pinal County. During this time, our thoughts go out to all that have been impacted. United we can slow the spread, please read the following details.
A COVID- 19 hotline has been set up to answer any questions from the public and healthcare providers about testing, symptoms, and any other questions you have about the virus.
Call 1-844-542-8201 to reach a healthcare professional
What is COVID-19?
- COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and infection were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
- It is part of a larger family of viruses called coronavirus, some of which are usually in circulation and can cause illnesses like the common cold.
- You can learn more about the coronavirus disease 2019 at the CDC website.
This is a rapidly evolving situation, and the Pinal County Public Health Services District (PCPHSD) is closely monitoring any new developments.
Pinal County Response
The County is already taking steps to follow recent guidelines issued by the CDC , Arizona Department of Health Services , and Pinal County Health and remains ready to adjust quickly if circumstances change. Following federal guidelines to limit or postpone large gatherings of 10 persons or more, the County has canceled all in-person, County-sponsored events until further notice. The public is welcome to continue checking the Pinal County website for updates.
Pinal County Centers
The County is taking proactive measures to help protect high-risk populations and reduce the risk of the spread of the virus. The County has canceled all programs, events, and gatherings at facilities.
All Pinal County libraries are currently closed at this time. However, please take advantage of the online services. Please visit www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Library
Local Health Centers and Schools
Pinal County is working collaboratively and closely with the school districts and health centers as they continue to prepare, plan, and modify protocols, accordingly. Please visit them directly to stay informed.
Declaration of Emergency
Earlier Friday, Pinal County evaluated a Declaration of Emergency to help in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. The Board of Supervisors approved to abide by the actions addressed from the Office of Governor Doug Ducey. This measure would further assist in protecting public health by allowing access to federal emergency funds and making it possible for individuals and businesses to receive federal financial assistance.
County Manager Louis Andersen is asking Pinal County residents to remain flexible and work together.
“This is a remarkable County,” said Andersen. “In challenging times such as this, let’s continue to show how strong and united we can be.”
“Today our Board Chairman asked me to adjust our Civic Leave Policy to allow our employees additional volunteer opportunities. This is a perfect example of how we strive to enrich lives beyond expectations.”