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News Release: Board of Supervisors declare County State of Emergency

March 18, 2020

 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Coconino County Board of Supervisors declared a State of Emergency due
to the outbreak of COVID-19. The declaration was approved at special session on Wednesday, March

With the declaration, Coconino County will be able to make appropriate orders, provide emergency
resources, request additional resources and receive mutual aid from the state and federal
governments. There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Coconino County.

The County was the first agency in the state of Arizona to set-up COVID-19 specimen collections sites.
There are two sites in Flagstaff. As per CDC guidelines, individuals must meet criteria, as determined
by their provider, to qualify for testing. An order from a healthcare provider or from the Coconino
County Health and Human Service COVID-19 Response Team is required prior to arriving at the
specimen collection site. People are asked to call their providers prior to visiting a medical office.
“Coconino County takes the COVID-19 outbreak seriously and we are doing everything we can to
keep our residents informed and safe,” said Chair of the County Board of Supervisors Lena Fowler.
“Coconino County continues to deliver services as we adapt to this rapidly evolving situation.

We have opened two specimen collection sites for people that have doctor’s orders for a test. We continue
to provide the latest information and resources to our communities and local businesses. Our
employees are absolutely important so we are implementing extra support so they can continue to
provide essential County services for the public.”

While there are currently no County office closures, there is planning for potential facility closures,
modified staffing plans, work-from-home options and enhanced communications to employees to
ensure County services are continued. County Board meetings will continue as planned unless
conditions change and people are encouraged to stream meetings and attend in person only if

Coconino County Health and Human Services established the Coconino County COVID-19 Incident
Command Team that included a Command and General Staff structure for the monitoring and
preparedness measures surrounding COVID-19 on January 29, 2020. The County also established an
Emergency Operations Center on March 12 to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19. The
County also set-up a COVID-19 Information Line (928.679.7300) from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday - Friday
and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekends for people who have questions. People can also email questions to: Further information is available on the Coconino County
COVID-19 website at