glendale response

Local and state governments took actions late last week in response to growing concerns about mitigating the COVID-19.

“As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to make headlines and cause concern throughout our communities, the city of Glendale continues to closely watch the outbreak,” said Jay Crandall, a city spokesman. “We are in close contact with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, which is our local health authority. We follow their guidance and closely track timely updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

“Our number one priority is to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors.”

The biggest change announced by Glendale last week was the temporary closing a center popular with seniors.

“The most vulnerable members of our community are our senior population. As a measure of precaution, the city will be closing the Glendale Adult Center effective Saturday, March 14, and will remain closed until further notice,” Crandall said.

“The city will also be suspending senior adult classes and senior gatherings at other city facilities including Foothills Recreation Aquatic Center and our libraries.”

Other changes:

• Beginning on Monday, March 16, meal service for YWCA participants at the Glendale Community Center and Glendale Adult Center will be modified to ensure all participants continue to receive the nutritious. 

• Participants in the Glendale Community Center program can come to the Valley West center and receive meals. On Mondays between 11:30 a.m. and noon, participants will receive two meals; and on Wednesdays between 11:30 a.m. and noon, participants will receive three meals.

• Participants in the Glendale Adult Center program can come to the Valley West center and receive meals. On Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and noon, they will receive 2 meals; and on Thursdays between 11:30 a.m. and noon, participants will receive 3 meals. The Valley West Senior Center is at 8561 W. 61st Avenue, Glendale. For more information, call 602-258-0990.

After new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and Gov. Doug Ducey’s urgings to limit crowds, Glendale announced more changes Monday, March 16.

“Out of an abundance of caution and to support other preventative measures underway, the city (Monday) made the decision to close all city libraries, indoor parks and recreation centers,” said Jay Crandall, a city spokesman.

All city libraries are closed and classes canceled. 

Materials can still be returned at drop-off locations and the library’s digital collection remain available through glendaleazlibrary.com.

Parks and Recreation facilities will all be closed and classes and programs at recreation and community centers are suspended,  including youth and adult sports leagues, after school programs and special program gatherings.

Glendale is suspending upcoming large events and mass gatherings managed by the city through the end of April. This is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and Governor Doug Ducey’s recent announcement.

While Glendale City Council meetings will continue, the city is encouraging the public to stay home and watch through Glendale 11 online streaming at glendaleaz.com.

Boards and commission meetings are canceled unless legally required.

Community meetings and outreach events in city buildings are temporarily suspended and city staff will not be attending community meetings.

The following areas are open, but evaluated daily:

• Glendale City Hall and other city facility services.

• City services customer pay stations.

Glendale will continue to offer online city services and city services such as police, fire, 911, trash and water.

Crandall added the city is following the guidance provided by the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) to perform routine environmental cleaning.  “This includes, regularly sanitizing common touch areas including door handles, banisters, public computers, kiosks, elevator button panels, counters throughout the day at all public facilities,” Crandall said.

“We have directed employees and city contractors to stay home if they are feeling sick.  We continue to emphasize everyone needs to wash their hands for 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer and to cough and sneeze into an elbow or tissue.”

COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads – through respiratory droplets produced when someone coughs or sneezes.

Glendale is providing its residents with the following guidance:

• Stay home when you are sick. Use telemedicine if healthcare is needed.

• Cover your cough/sneeze with elbow or tissue.

• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.

• Sanitize your work area often.

• If you are sick and have traveled to the impacted areas in the last 14 days, please call your healthcare provider.

• Staff should plan ahead. Review how much sick time you have and talk with supervisors.

• Ensure you have a plan to designate a caregiver, such as a family member or neighbor, for a sick child(ren) if you can’t stay home.

• Know your child’s school/childcare plan to communicate with you when needed, such as robocalls, email or checking their website.

For more information, visit cdc.gov/covid19 or maricopa.gov/coronavirus.