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A Message from Prescott Mayor Mengarelli – January 4th

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Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli discussed several topics in his updates on Facebook providing important information for the residents of Prescott, Arizona.

Here is the update for January 4, 2021

As of today, Yavapai County has conducted:

  • 84,033 tests
  • 12,420 positive cases

In Yavapai County, there have been:

  • 225 COVID-19 related deaths overall
  • 11 deaths since New Year’s Eve.

This represents:

  • 843 new cases countywide
  • and, 274 new cases in Prescott since December 31

Yavapai County hospitalizations total:

  • 122 which includes
  • 90 at the two YRMC campuses
  • and 3 at the Prescott VA

For more information, go to yavapai.u s/chs for the County dashboard including both Yavapai and Arizona statistics.

Let’s talk about the COVID-19 vaccine.

When will you know if you are eligible for a vaccine? Well, it’s complicated.

Currently, Arizona Department of Health Services anticipates moving into prioritized phase 1B mid-to-late January in Arizona.

This means that Arizonans aged 75 and older could get the vaccine as early as mid-January, but we do not yet have details on how to register for the vaccine. It is hoped that further details will be released sometime this week.

In the meantime, it is recommended that Arizonans continue to get their regular flu shots to help protect against other, non-Covid infections.

Also, did you know that Yavapai County Community Health Services and Yavapai County Emergency Management fill orders for Personal Protection Equipment?

Healthcare partners, emergency response agencies, senior long-term care facilities, congregate settings and local businesses have been able to request PPE as needed throughout COVID-19. The state resupplies counties with PPE on a weekly basis with items such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and gowns, which YCCHS stores.

YCCHS always has a cache of emergency response supplies, but it has been used extensively during the pandemic.

Many thanks to the COVID-19 Response Team!

Resignation of Councilwoman Billie Orr

Councilwoman Billie Orr has announced her resignation from the City Council as of January 19, due to health reasons, explaining, that she and her husband Bob have decided it would be in their best interests to leave Prescott and move to a lower altitude. I know this was an extremely difficult decision for them.

I have worked with Billie for several years now on Council. She served by my side as Mayor Pro Tem from 2017 to 2020.

Her dedication and service to the City have been awe-inspiring, and her boundless energy and eternal optimism are inspirational to both her fellow council members and City staff.

I want to thank her for everything she has done for our community. We wish Billie and Bob all the best as they embark on their next chapter.

For more information about this, visit the City of Prescott’s website.

View the full press release here.

Prescott Board Vacancies

The City of Prescott has several vacancies on various Boards, commissions and committees, and is seeking volunteers to fill those positions.

Boards, commissions, and committees offer opportunities for citizens to take an active role in their local government. There is a Council sub-committee that reviews all applications, and then makes recommendations to the full council. The Council votes on the appointments during their regular meetings.

If you are interested in serving, applications are due to the City by 5 PM on Friday, January 15. Click here for more information.

The City of Prescott is on a regular schedule this week, and staff may be reached by phone at 777-1100. Although City offices are closed due to COVID-19, we are still available to serve the public.

Trash pick up and the transfer station are on regular schedules.

There are no City meetings this week.

NON-PROFIT FOCUS: Agape House of Prescott

We will continue to highlight non-profits that are making a difference in our community.

The Agape House of Prescott is a local nonprofit that is changing the lives of families in crisis by rebuilding and transforming their lives. They exist to provide long-term transitional housing for families who are currently without a home.

Homelessness is not always easy to recognize. They could be students at Yavapai College, or at local area high schools. They could be serving you at McDonald’s, helping you at grocery stores and local thrift store.

Agape House of Prescott provides discipleship, mentoring, life skills training, and interim housing for homeless families in crisis. 86% of the families helped by Agape House are living independently by one year after they leave the Pathway to Independence program.

The Community Health Needs Assessment 2019 report from Yavapai Regional Medical Center states that there are 31,859 people, living in poverty in our county.

It is the mission of Agape House to work to make a significant impact on the homeless crisis in Prescott.

To learn more or to make a donation, go to 

Important Information Regarding COVID-19

That’s all I have for you today. God bless you, and God bless Prescott.

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