Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers declared a “local emergency” in the city Wednesday, March 18, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This declaration allows me to take the measures needed to protect the health and safety of our community,” Weiers said. “We are faced with an unprecedented public health emergency, with the global spread of COVID-19.
“Our actions, both individually and collectively, will determine how soon and how hard the virus impacts the city of Glendale.”
The declaration came a day before Gov. Doug Ducey banned eating in restaurants. Ducey closed bars, gyms and movie theaters but allowed restaurants to remain open for takeout, curbside and delivery service.
Weiers’ announcement came as county and state positive tests increased significantly. Maricopa County started last week with nine COVID-19 cases. By Tuesday, March 24, the number grew to 199—including three at Luke Air Force Base.
“The members and their families have been isolated in their home since first showing symptoms,” said Brig. Gen. Todd Canterbury, 56th Fighter Wing commander. Those who may have had contact with the three have been notified, he added.
Weiers reiterated warnings about seniors being the most at-risk population.
“Eight out of 10 deaths reported in the U.S. have been in adults 65 years old and older,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC estimated that, among adults 65 and older confirmed to have COVID-19, 4 to 11% have died.
In Italy, according to the Italian Department of Infectious Diseases, 85% of the deaths from COVID-19 have been people 70 and older.
“I am requesting that our seniors, particularly those 70 years and older, self-quarantine for their own protection,” Weiers said. “I understand this means they will have limited access to acquiring food and medicine on their own.
“Therefore, I am calling on the leaders from the faith-based community to develop and provide both a plan and volunteers to serve the individual needs of our seniors who self-quarantine.”
The mayor’s proclamation reiterated state, national and international guidelines:
“Members of the public are urged to:
“Use social distancing and avoid groups of 10 or more people.
“Avoid contact with those with elevated risks.
“Stay home and contact your medical provider if you or others in your household feel sick.
“Stay home and away from other people if you are an older person or you have a serious underlying condition that can put you at increased risk; for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system.
“Practice good personal hygiene, such as regularly washing your hands, avoid touching your face, sneezing into a tissue or the inside of your elbow, and frequently disinfecting.”
Weiers urged Glendale residents to look out for their neighbors—and support local restaurants.
“It is up to each of us to help and take care of each other. If you see someone in need of support, help them, or reach out to others who can help,” he said.
“Together, we all share this responsibility of keeping our community safe and our businesses strong. I have a tremendous amount of faith in Glendale and I know that we will emerge from this situation stronger and more unified than ever before.”