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ITALY,

The virus has already infiltrated assisted living facilities across the nation, in what is being dubbed the “silent massacre”.

Hundreds of people in care homes are feared to have succumbed to the disease — over 600 in the hard-hit Bergamo region alone — though firm data are impossible to find, with many victims reportedly going untested, experts say.

They have voiced serious concerns over the safety of the 300,000 or so residents in Italy’s 7,000 care homes.

ARIZONA

What you can and can’t do under Arizona’s stay-at-home order

The stay-at-home order goes into effect Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m. and lasts through April 30. Author: Mackenzie Concepcion Published: 5:14 PM MST March 30, 2020 Updated: 5:23 PM MST March 30, 2020

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey issued a stay-at-home order for Arizonans on Monday after the number of confirmed coronavirus cases topped 1,000 and 20 people died of virus-related complications. 

The order goes into effect Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m. and will last until April 30, unless it’s extended. 

RELATED: Gov. Doug Ducey orders Arizona stay-at-home as number of coronavirus cases increases

Here is what that means for you.

What can I leave home for?

Per the executive order, Arizona residents can leave home to:

  • Go grocery shopping or pick up prescriptions
  • To use any other services or produces provided by essential businesses
  • Get equipment needed to work from home
  • Seek medical, behavioral health or emergency services
  • Care for a family member, friend or pet in another home
  • Get outside for some exercise
  • Go to work at an essential function
  • To work at a non-essential business as long as that business is not open to the public
  • Engage in constitutionally protected free speech or religious activities 

If you are leaving home for any reason, you must engage in proper physical distancing. That means you stay at least six feet from other people wherever possible. 

What is considered essential work?

Ducey laid out all the jobs considered “essential” in an executive order last week. It is a long list that includes hospitals, groceries, gas stations and even golf courses, beauty salons (“personal hygiene services”) and more. 

Monday’s stay-at-home order does not change which services are considered essential. Here is the full list.

RELATED: Here are the jobs considered ‘essential services’ in Arizona

Governments at the city and county levels are not allowed to issue proclamations that change what Ducey has designated essential services. 

MORE: Arizona mayors ask Gov. Doug Ducey to issue stay-at-home order in effort to slow spread of coronavirus

How will this be enforced?

Anybody who knowingly violates the executive order is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor, according to Arizona law. However, the order says that people will be notified and given an opportunity to comply “prior to any enforcement action being taken.”

Nobody will be required to provide documentation proving essential activities while they are away from home, so it is unclear how non-compliance will be determined or what exactly the enforcement mechanism will be, despite what Ducey told reporters Monday. 

What is the difference between ‘stay-at-home’ and ‘shelter-in-place’?

Other states like California have “shelter-in-place” orders in effect. We have a “stay-at-home” order. Both of these terms mean essentially the same thing: Don’t leave your home unless absolutely necessary. 

Ducey said it’s just a matter of semantics. 

“When you use words like ‘shelter in place,’ that’s what happens during a nuclear attack. That’s what happens when there’s an active shooter. We want people to stay at home. It’ll have the same type of effect,” he said. 

No matter what you call it, the directive is not a total lockdown. Grocery stores and pharmacies are still open, and people can leave their homes for some fresh air and exercise as long as they stay six feet apart from each other. 

What counts as an essential business may vary from state to state. For example, beauty salons are closed in several other states with stay-at-home orders. 

How those orders are enforced can also change depending on what state you’re in. 

Can I leave the state?

The federal government can limit interstate travel, but other than a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel advisory strongly urging residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to refrain from unnecessary travel, no further restrictions have been imposed. 

Some governors have imposed 14-day quarantines for travelers from other states, but that isn’t the case here in Arizona. 

Can I still move out?

Moving and relocations services are considered essential businesses and remain open, so if you had previously planned to move homes, you can still do that. 

Can I use public transportation?

Public transportation will still run, but the executive order asks people to only use it when absolutely necessary.  Budgeted for Long-Term Care? Ad by Merrill See More

Riders are to remain at least six feet from other riders and from drivers “to the extent possible.”

What about homeless people?

People experiencing homelessness are exempt from the stay-at-home order but are urged to find shelter as soon as possible.

What about other situations?

Hotels, motels and shelters count as homes under the executive order.

Domestic violence survivors may also leave home if it is unsafe and shelter in a different location.

Here is where you can find resources if you or a loved one feels unsafe at home. 

 * The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.

 * Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

 * The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

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City of Surprise News

Surprise, AZ (March 27, 2020) In an effort to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, public comment options have changed for City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings and several other public meetings have been canceled until further notice.

What is the name of the disease caused by the coronavirus?

The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Information about the 100-Day Business and Workforce Recovery Plan is available on the COVID-19 Businesses and Workforce Resources webpage.

Posted on: March 23, 2020

Local nonprofit Benevilla seeking volunteers to assist seniors

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Local nonprofit Benevilla is seeking volunteers to help our community’s seniors during this difficult time.

At this time, Benevilla needs immediate assistance with the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Grocery shopping: Assist older adults who cannot go to the grocery stores in getting essential everyday items.
  • Assisted transportation to medical appointments: Provide safe, friendly, transportation for older adults to and from essential appointments.
  • Phone pals: Contact older adults in our community that might be isolated and provide opportunities for companionship.
  • Emergency errands: Assist older adults with identified essential errands.

These services can help ease the burden and worries of family members caring for loved ones and ensure older adults with no family support are not left isolated, alone and in need of every day essentials.

“We are strongest when we work together,” says Joanne Thomson, President and CEO of Benevilla. “Now is the time to support those in our community who are vulnerable and need us the most.”

Volunteer applications can be completed at www.Benevilla.org or for more information, call 623-584-4999.

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Please call the Senior HELP LINE at 602-264-HELP to find a Home Delivered Meal program in your area or to inquire about funding assistance.

Nursing homes are coronavirus risks. In Arizona, about half have been cited for past infection control issues

Caitlin McGlade and Anne Ryman, Arizona Republic Published 12:01 p.m. MT March 25, 2020 | Updated 12:13 p.m. MT March 25, 2020

Arizona now reports 6 deaths, 329 cases of coronavirus statewide

Passport Services Suspended
Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concrens, the Clerk’s Office will be suspending Passport Services indefinitely effective Thursday, March 19th.

Said
Right now, we don’t have any reported cases of COVID-19 in Surprise, and with healthy practices in place, we can help protect each other.

InterState 11

“ADOT has spent years investing in the future Interstate 11 and laying the foundation for this border-to-border highway,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “We’re putting the pieces together today for what I-11 will be in the future. These substantial and continuing investments show our commitment to a corridor that is essential for commercial and recreational travel and also to making Arizona a better place to live and work.”

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The City of Surprise has closed all playgrounds and amenities at city parks to reduce gatherings of large groups. A 3-year-old boy is recovering in Glendale after he got to an insecure gun and shot himself.

The spring allergy season kicked off early this year, with symptoms such as coughing and sniffling bringing unwanted attention to those affected by the abundance of tree pollen. Find out how symptoms differ between allergies and COVID-19, how to reduce exposure to allergens and more.

Governor Ducey Issues Order Delaying Evictions For Renters Impacted By COVID-19

Surprise, AZ (March 24, 2020) Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Surprise Resource Center is reducing the number of public walk-in hours, while maintaining call-in hours to ensure service to the community.

The Surprise Resource Center is a one-stop-shop for social services. Through strategic partnerships with a growing number of community-based organizations and government agencies, the center offers Surprise residents connections to services that include everything from rent and utility assistance, employment support, food and nutrition resources, and more.

Effective Wednesday, March 25, public walk-in hours are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday:  2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pacific ADA Center is Open for Business

The Pacific ADA Center is open for business to answer your questions on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), despite the current pandemic. Please call 1-800-949-4232 (V/TTY) or 510-285-5600 (V/TTY) during our regular business hours. You can also email us at adatech@adapacific.org and we will respond the next business day.

Please check our website regularly for updates on the ADA at https://www.adapacific.org.

Surprise, AZ (March 24, 2020) To minimize the potential spread of illness by reducing opportunities to gather, Surprise is closing all city park amenities and facilities effective immediately.

The closure includes: playgrounds, water fountains, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, dog parks, skate park, splash pads, restrooms, and volleyball courts. Ramada and field reservations are not being accepted at this time. 

Please continue to practice social distancing while utilizing walking paths or open space and wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Do not use the parks if you are exhibiting symptoms of illness.  

Additionally, the following parks and recreation facilities remained closed: Countryside Recreation Center, Sierra Montana Recreation Center, Villanueva Recreation Center, Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool.

For more information on parks and recreation closures, please contact recreation@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.2000.  

Surprise, AZ (March 24, 2020) Cotton Lane will be closed from Waddell to Cactus roads for storm-related roadway repairs today, Tuesday, March 24 through Thursday, March 26. The section of roadway will be milled and repaved.   View a complete list of road restrictions in Surprise at surpriseaz.gov/roadwork.

Fry’s,

A Note to Our Customers About COVID-19

“As America’s grocer, we’re here for our customers and communities when they need us most, with open stores and openhearted hospitality. We believe that everyone deserves to have access to fresh, affordable food and essentials, especially in times of uncertainty. That’s why our teams are working so hard to keep our stores clean, open and stocked. That’s why we took the precautionary step on March 2 to limit the number of cold, flu and sanitary products per order…so everyone can have access to the items they need.” Read More

Surprise, AZ (March 16, 2020) Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings until further notice. Public comment will be taken through several technology solutions. 

Surprise, AZ (March 18, 2020) The intersection of Litchfield and Cactus roads will be closed for signal upgrades from 8 p.m. Friday, March 20 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

Laurel Lane will be closed between Litchfield Road and Rivera Drive on Monday, March 23 for road improvements. The roadway is scheduled to reopen by the end of day on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

View a complete list of road closures and traffic restrictions at surpriseaz.gov/roadwork.

Surprise, A‌Z (March 19, 2020) In consultation with members of the Surprise City Council, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Skip Hall announced a State of Emergency for the city of Surprise today in an effort to preserve public health. 

Surprise, AZ (March 20, 2020) You can have a major impact by helping your neighbors! During our current public health crisis, the need of those in our community is increasing. The city of Surprise is asking our residents to donate some critical items.

Notice is hereby given that the City of Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department will hold a public hearing regarding the city’s 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI), and the Program Year 2020 Annual Action Plan. 

The public hearing will be held at the regular City Council meeting on April 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., at the following location: 
City of Surprise 
City Council Chambers, 
16000 N. Civic Center Plaza 
Surprise, Arizona 85374-7470

Council Chambers will be closed to the public during City Council Meeting. Public comment will be taken by phone and email. The following are instructions for each method of comment:

The city of Surprise is partnering with local businesses to support restaurants impacted by the health pandemic. 

Surprise, AZ (March 23, 2020) Local nonprofit Benevilla is seeking volunteers to help our community’s seniors during this difficult time.   At this time, Benevilla needs immediate assistance with the following volunteer opportunities:   • Grocery shopping: Assist older adults who cannot go to the grocery stores in getting essential everyday items. • Assisted transportation to medical appointments: Provide safe, friendly, transportation for older adults to and from essential appointments. • Phone pals: Contact older adults in our community that might be isolated and provide opportunities for companionship. • Emergency errands: Assist older adults with identified essential errands.   These services can help ease the burden and worries of family members caring for loved ones and ensure older adults with no family support are not left isolated, alone and in need of every day essentials.   “We are strongest when we work together,” says Joanne Thomson, President and CEO of Benevilla. “Now is the time to support those in our community who are vulnerable and need us the most.”   Volunteer applications can be completed at www.Benevilla.org or for more information, call 623-584-4999.

Surprise, A‌Z (March 19, 2020) In consultation with members of the Surprise City Council, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Skip Hall announced a State of Emergency for the city of Surprise today in an effort to preserve public health. 

Effective 5 p.m. this evening, city facilities will be closed to public until further notice. City business will continue to be conducted. Please be assured that core services will not be affected, including fire-medical, police, trash, water and other essential city services. Additionally, the city is suspending all City of Surprise water customer shutoffs through May 10.

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After careful consideration, the city of Surprise is canceling or postponing all city-sponsored events, programs, and sports effective March 16 and continuing through May 10.

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Surprise, AZ (March 13, 2020) The safety and well-being of our residents is of the highest importance to us. As COVID-19 (coronavirus) has reached pandemic levels, and out of an abundance of caution, the city will be closing the Surprise Senior Center effective March 14, and it will remain closed until further notice.

While all Senior Center programming and events are suspended, meals will continue to be served via pick-up and delivery. Members will be required to register for meals like normal, at least 48 hours in advance, with Senior Center staff by phone at 623-222-1500. Members who have transportation can pick up their scheduled meals at the Surprise Senior Center at noon Monday-Friday. Meals will be delivered to members who do not have transportation. Please let Senior Center staff know if you need your meal delivered when you call to order.

For questions, please call the Senior Center at 623.222.1500 or email Joe Gladieux at joe.gladieux@surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise, AZ (March 12, 2020) The Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals game scheduled for Thursday afternoon, March 12, at 1:05 p.m. at Surprise Stadium was canceled following Major League Baseball’s announcement regarding remaining Spring Training games.

See the MLB announcement here: mlb.com/news/mlb-2020-season-delayed

Governor Doug Ducey Issues Declaration Of Emergency, Executive Order To Combat Continued Spread Of COVID-19
Declaration And Order Proactively Provides Health Officials With Guidance And Tools To Combat Continued Spread
PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today issued a Declaration of Emergency and an Executive Order to provide health officials and administrators with tools and guidance necessary to combat the continued spread of COVID-19 and to reduce financial burdens on Arizonans by lowering healthcare costs associated with the virus. 


In uncertainty, we are here to help.
Dear Robert,
 
During this time of uncertainty and concern about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and related market volatility, we want to let you know that we are here for you!

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Surprise, A‌Z (March 12, 2020) The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Warning until noon today and a Flash Flood Watch through Friday at 5 p.m. 

Remember that it is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters. When you come to a flooded area, please “Turn Around Don’t Drown.”

Residents in flood prone areas can access free sand and bags at several city locations.

Sand and bags are available to residents at the following locations (view online map):

Water Well Site, 16849 W. Jomax Road
Westgate City Facility, 13430 W. Westgate Drive
Ashton Ranch Water Supply Facility,15151 W. Greenway Road
AZ TechCelerator,12425 W. Bell Road
Fire Station 302,18600 Reems Road

NOTE: Residents are asked to bring their own shovel to fill the bags.

Designated Public Works crews are on call 24 hours a day during any potential heavy rain events. Crews will be checking for and removing any downed trees and debris, clearing clogged storm drains and closing roads in flooded areas as needed.

To report storm damage, such as downed trees, in the public right-of-way or a flooded street, please call the Police non-emergency number at 623.222.4000 or use the MySurprise app.

Surprise, AZ (March 11, 2020) The city of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department has added Ottawa University Arizona to its College Tour lineup!

Surprise teens, ages 13 – 18, can explore some of our state colleges on the following field trips:

·         University of Arizona (March 16)

·         Arizona State University (March 17)

·         Grand Canyon University (March 20)

·         Ottawa University (March 30)

·         Northern Arizona University (April 24)

The cost is $15 per field trip and includes transportation, a campus tour, information about the school’s offerings, and a medium drink from a local coffee shop. Those who sign up for the OUAZ trip will get a drink and popcorn.

Registrations are currently being accepted at the Parks & Recreation Office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. A permission slip must be signed and turned into the office or submitted by email to Michelle Yingling at michelle.yingling@surpriseaz.gov. Please plan to bring a sack lunch or additional money to purchase food.

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 623.222.2000 or visit bit.ly/TeenTrips

Surprise, AZ (March 10, 2020) It’s time to count for your community! Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census are arriving in mailboxes March 12-20, and you will have the opportunity to respond online, by phone, or by mail.

This once-a-decade survey will count everyone living in the United States! Responses help shape the future of the community and inform how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed across the country every year for the next 10 years – including in Surprise!

Each uncounted person is a loss of nearly $3,000 per person each year affecting 130+ federal programs including: Medicaid, Head Start, housing and food for low income families, public transportation, college student loans, highway planning and construction, children’s health insurance and public school funding.

Surprise, AZ (March 10, 2020) Surprise has talent and the city is putting it on display! Come support local youth, teens and adults as they perform a variety of acts on April 17.

The city of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is hosting the annual Surprise Talent Show on Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m. at the Shadow Ridge High School Auditorium, located at 10909 N. Perryville Rd.

If you’d like to be part of the show, you must submit an audition form by Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m. Categories include singing, instrumental, performance, and dance/theater/comedy. Forms can be turned into the Surprise Parks & Recreation office at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There is no cost to audition or perform in the show.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $3 at the Parks & Recreation office or online at https://bit.ly/2U4Pf08. Tickets will be available at the door for $5.

For more information, please contact the Surprise Parks & Recreation Department at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Surprise, AZ (March 9, 2020) The city of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for Spring Adult Sports!

Register for the following leagues:

Kickball (Coed and Women’s – NEW!)

Softball (Coed and Men’s)

Indoor Volleyball (Coed)

4-on-4 Flag Football

Basketball (Men’s)

Adult Soccer will not be offered this spring.

Registration Dates

Registration for returning Winter 2020 teams begins on March 9; new teams may register beginning March 12 at the Parks & Recreation Department office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Surprise AZ 85374. Team registration ONLY. There is a limit of 16 teams per league.

Registration forms are available at surpriseaz.gov/adultsports.