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Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - Tolleson, AZ
Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 Dr. Sunenshine from Maricopa County Health Department presented at a Tolleson work study session explaining how the number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing in Tolleson.
The Maricopa County Health Department informed the City of Tolleson that there was a concern regarding the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Tolleson. Mayor Anna Tovar requested that Dr. Sunenshine present all data to the entire council and the community in a public work study session allowing for the council and members of the public to ask questions. "It was critical for me to allow everyone the opportunity to voice their concerns and to get any clarification needed directly from the health experts from the Maricopa County Health Department," stated Mayor Anna Tovar.
A special work study was held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4th where Dr. Sunenshine explained that in the month of May there were 24 COVID-19 cases in Tolleson and in June 213 cases. In Maricopa County there were 6,921 COVID-19 cases in May and 54,757 in June. Cases in Tolleson increased 2.4 times faster in the month of June than Maricopa County making Tolleson a hotspot.
Dr. Sunenshine went on to explain that since Tolleson has been identified as a hotspot the County would be working directly with the City to help slow the spread of COVID-19. You can watch this work study session on the City of Tolleson’s YouTube channel by using the following link: https://youtu.be/1PeDIExaLD4
Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo has secured 20,000 cloth masks that will be distributed at the next two testing dates which will be made available by the County on August 8th and August 22nd from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the gym of Arizona Desert Elementary School, 8803 W. Van Buren Street in Tolleson. Testing results will be made available within 2-3 days to ensure people are receiving timely results. No appointment needed. On each testing date 500 tests will be made available on a first come first serve basis. Free masks will be given away while supplies last.
The County is working directly with the Tolleson Community Action Program (CAP) Office to provide rental assistance to those families impacted by COVID-19. Increased communication to the community regarding health measures will continue. The CAP office will refer clients to Maricopa County for COVID emergency assistance for their heating/cooling repair/replace program. Additional supports will be provided through the CAP office for Tolleson residents who have been impacted by COVID-19. The CAP office can be reached Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at (623) 936-2760.
During this pandemic, the City of Tolleson will continue to urge all members of the community to follow CDC recommendations:
If you are sick:
For detailed guidance on what to do when you are sick and or to prevent yourself from getting sick visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html