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  • Health and Emergency Officials Working Together to Keep Bighorn Evacuees Safe in Face of COVID-19 Case Increase

    Jun 17, 2020 | Read More News
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    The American Red Cross and the Pima County Health Department are working together to support residents affected by the Bighorn Fire. The American Red Cross Southern Arizona is available to provide shelter for those being evacuated. However, this fire season is unique.

    “We have heard from people who don’t have anywhere else to go saying that because they are at high risk for severe complications from COVID-19, they don’t want to evacuate and go to a shelter,” explained Courtney Slanaker, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Southern Arizona. “We Bighorn Fireare doing everything we can to avoid congregate sheltering. Your safety is our priority; getting you to a safe area, both away from the threat of fire and isolated from other people who you don’t live with.”

    The Pima County Health Department supports the efforts of the Red Cross of Southern Arizona to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading due to the Bighorn wildfire. “Anyone in the ‘GO’ area should reach out to the American Red Cross if they need help finding a place to stay until they can return home,” said Dr. Theresa Cullen, Director of the Health Department. “They can provide medical assessments and individual sheltering until you can safely return home.”

    For more information on how to act with confidence during an emergency while COVID-19 is circulating, the Health Department has an new webpage:  www.pima.gov/covid-emergencies.

    Ready, Set, Go! is a nationwide program used by Pima County to educate and inform residents about the proactive measures they should take before an emergency as well as actions to take when the community is at heightened or imminent risk. Learn more about Ready, Set, Go at https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go.