March 18, 2020—PHOENIX— The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman signed a Proclamation of a Local Emergency in Maricopa County. This action will provide additional resources to assist the county with coordinating response measures during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
During this local emergency, the Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors shall have the authority to impose all necessary regulations to preserve the peace and order of Maricopa County.
“The County is following guidelines set by Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health to protect the safety of our community and residents,” says Chairman Clink Hickman. “This proclamation helps us get funding and supplies to the responders on the front line.”
The Maricopa County Emergency Operations Center has been activated to manage and prepare for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County and to implement measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
“Having a local emergency declaration in place is an important administrative step to ensure that Maricopa County is in position to receive any state and federal resources that may be made available for activities associated with responding to the COVID-19 event,” says Robert Rowley, Maricopa County Emergency Management Director.
Additionally, for those that are interested in volunteering, please reach out to your local Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs): azvoad.org. For donations, contact your local Salvation Army locations, local food banks, and local blood banks.