BULLHEAD CITY — The number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing rapidly for weeks and Tuesday’s single-day number of cases was described as a record high by the county.
Arizonans have started wearing face coverings inside all businesses as urged by Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday. The governor’s request took additional teeth locally with an order by Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady mandating face coverings to enter businesses.
Opinions expressed online about the newest restrictions to slow the spread of the virus have been mixed.
“This makes me extremely happy, as an essential worker and dealing with people all day and ones that refuse to wear a mask really are selfish,” one woman wrote on Facebook about Ducey’s latest orders.
“I will not comply,” a man wrote on the same Mohave Valley Daily News posting.
Ducey also ordered prohibitions on gatherings of at least 50 people and halted issuance of new special event licenses. He ordered that bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks close, and tubing rentals also will not be allowed.
Unless the governor’s orders are extended, the pauses will end July 27.
There have been reports of people becoming ill from COVID-19 at various businesses, as well as among some who work for city government or Colorado River Schools. The Fort Mohave Indian Tribe on Monday closed the Avi Resort & Casino until July 10, saying on the resort’s website that a few team members had tested positive.
Officials representing the city and schools won’t identify or even report how many of their workers have contracted COVID-19.
“A number of employees have been tested as we are engaged with the public on a daily basis,” said City Manager Toby Cotter. “No city services have been impacted at this time.”
Colorado River Schools wasn’t forthcoming with information either.
“There have been only a handful of cases reported to BCESD and none reported to CRUHSD,” a statement from the K-12 school districts read. “Those that have been reported have not impacted operations. Because of HIPAA, we can’t share any additional information.”
Some public sector workers aren’t able to do their jobs from home: police officers, fire fighters, emergency dispatchers, child protection and welfare personnel, and park maintenance workers are among those who come to mind.
“We prepare for emergencies throughout the year,” Cotter also explained. “We have to prepare for an impact if community spread hits a particular department or division of the city.”
Food service employees continue distributing meals to students attending Colorado River Schools. Some teachers were traveling along with lesson packets delivered to students attending some Bullhead City Elementary School District students.
Ducey also ordered in-person learning for the new school year be postponed until Aug. 17, though distance learning can resume before then. Colorado River Schools were scheduled to start classes on July 29.