Desert Messenger

April 01, 2020

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WHAT'S INSIDE 2 Essential Services List 3 The Salvation Army Updates 4 Party in the Park 5 Heroes Appreciation 6 Editorial 7 Letter to the Editor 8 HerbMama 9 Jonathan Jack Elwain 10 Saga of inept ukulele student 10 Food Bank Updates 12 In Memoriam 13 Hearts in the Window 13 Phone Tree 14 Classifeds 14 Paul Winer's Cartoon 15 Desert Messenger Distribution Sites 16 Easter Egg in the Window! • "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" • 928-916-4235 WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2020 VOL. 16 # 318 Now in our 1 6 t h YEAR! Alwa y s FREE! SEE COVID-19 PAGE 13 Stay-At-Home Order and what it means for you Monday, March 30, 2020 - Ari- zona Governor Doug Ducey is- sued a Stay-At-Home Executive Order for Arizona residents and businesses. The order went into effect Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m. and will last until April 30, unless it's extended. Ducey referred to his declaration as a "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected" order, saying it "promotes physical distancing, while also encouraging social connectedness." The order defi nes an essential service as one "that promotes the public health, safety and welfare of the state or assists others in fulfi lling such functions." The order basically means, don't leave your home unless abso- lutely necessary. The order says "no person shall be required to provide documentation or proof of their activities to justify their activities under this order." Anybody who knowingly violates the executive order is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor, according to Arizona law. However, the or- der says that people will be no- tifi ed and given an opportunity to comply "prior to any enforce- ment action being taken." Governor Ducey's Executive Or- der requires restaurants in Ari- zona counties with confi rmed CO- VID-19 cases to provide dine-out options only, and that all bars in those counties close. This also ap- plies to movie theaters and gyms. This Executive Order is now in ef- fect for La Paz County. As of Monday, there are now 1,289 confi rmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona. 24 people have died of the virus or complications related to the virus in Arizona. March 25th, La Paz County con- fi rmed two separate individuals have tested positive for COVID- 19. These cases are currently un- der investigation by the La Paz County Health Department. The Quartzsite Strong! individuals are not hospitalized and are recovering at home. La Paz County cannot be more spe- cifi c about age and gender. They were both tested due to exposure of positive COVID-19 cases in other states. As part of the ongo- ing disease investigation LPCHD will interview close contacts of the individuals and recommend each person monitor for symptoms and quarantine themselves for 14 days, based on risk of exposure. La Paz County declared a Procla- mation of Countywide Emergency on March 18th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing it to make appropriate orders, provide emergency resources, re- quest additional resources and re-

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