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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Coronavirus Update

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March 24, 2020

City Hall

The city of Apache Junction continues to follow federal and state guidelines on social distancing by finding ways to limit interaction without a disruption in municipal operations.

Effective Wednesday, the city will further curb that interaction by encouraging the public to conduct city business online or by phone and close its “public counters” to appointment-only or brief drop-off/pick-up business as needed.

The following offices are affected: the mayor and council offices, city manager, economic development, finance, communications, city clerk, city attorney, development services, public works, human resources and the water district. Citizens are asked to call ahead if needing city services from these areas before visiting city hall. The police department and municipal court lobbies remain open. The Apache Junction Paws and Claws Care Center also remains open.

The Apache Junction Public Library closed for walk-in services and the Multi-Generational Center suspended on-site programs last week. The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce and visitor’s center also has closed. The Superstition Mountain Community Facilities District, the area’s sewer district, closed its administrative office on Tuesday.

Health officials have consistently issued guidelines to limit gatherings as a key measure to slow the spread of COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has called on restaurants and other “non-essential” businesses to close or curtail business to “take-out” or drive-thru transactions. 

Apache Junction continues to reassess its operations in consultation with Pinal County and state health officials. Apache Junction has had several measures in place as recommended by the county and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As always, health officials remind to take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

March 23, 2020

Apache Junction Municipal Court

Due to the concern of the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus, the Apache Junction Municipal Court is taking precautions to ensure the health and wellness of all court visitors. The municipal court remains open to serve the public but in the interest of public safety, certain limitations and changes in court practices are necessary. Details can be found at https://www.ajcity.net/976/CORONAVIRUS-INFORMATION.

Economic Development

In an effort to share the latest information and resources available regarding COVID-19 – specifically to items of interest to our business community – the city of Apache Junction has compiled a list of links:

https://www.ajcity.net/978/COVID-19-Business-Resources

The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce has also collected a list of resources for businesses. You can find that here:

https://www.ajchamber.com/stronger-together-covid-19/

March 20, 2020

Parks

All city parks and open space areas remain open; however, in an effort to continue to follow federal, state and local recommendations of social distancing, certain amenities may be closed. Those closures currently include, but may not be limited to in the future, City Complex Shuffleboard courts, Prospector Park pickleball courts and the Superstition Shadows skatepark.

The parks, trails and open spaces are a positive place to get exercise, relieve stress, and stay active during these tough times. It is critical to the safety for all community members that residents observe the guidance from state and federal health agencies. The parks department will make every effort to keep restrooms open as long as we have the ability to thoroughly clean and provide supplies.

While parks are maintained on a regular basis, we encourage users to anticipate potential restroom closures. Please also remember, the best way to reduce the risk of getting sick and to avoid COVID-19:

· Stay home when you are sick.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

· Avoid close contact and observe social distancing measures recommended by the CDC and avoid congregating in groups of 10 or more.

· When utilizing trails, please move to your right to allow others to pass and observe personal space

A reminder that all recreation programming and events are currently suspended, including all activities at the Multi-Generational Center and the Aquatics Center. Senior meals are available on a drive-thru basis, and transportation assistance is also available. Please contact the senior services division at 480-474-5260 or ajpr@ajcity.net for more information.

March 19, 2020

Apache Junction Public Library

The drive-up window at the library is open for HOLD pick-up. You can call the library at (480) 474-8555 to place holds on items and for more information. When your item is ready for pick-up you will be notified.

Parks

The Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center is closed beginning today. Check the details below.

Development Services

In an effort to protect the public and our staff with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, please note the following:

Planning & Zoning Division:

Planning & Zoning can be reached at (480) 474-5083 or planning@ajcity.net with questions prior to coming into the office.  You may be required to leave a message when contacting us by phone. Please be patient, your message will be returned as soon as possible.

Additional information about our services and online resources can be found at www.ajcity.net/Development_Services.

Building Division:

The Building Division can be reached at (480) 474-5156 or buildingpermits@ajcity.net with questions prior to coming into the office. Many questions can be answered over the phone or through our website.  We will gladly walk you through finding that information on our website www.ajcity.net/Development_Services.  If staff is unavailable to answer your call, your message will be returned as soon as possible.

Applying for building permits:

For permits submitted via email like solar, electrical, small residential, etc. we are temporarily suspending the printing fees. Remember that the maximum file size we can receive is 10 megabytes. Any drawings/plans submitted must be in PDF format. The 10 MB is the sum total of the sizes of the attachments, and 1000 kilobytes KB = 1 MB.

If you have any questions regarding submission by email, contact us as noted above. Application fees can be made via credit card over the phone.

***The documents and information required to be submitted for a permit are the same as always and include a site plan, floor plans, construction details, etc. Applications and Forms can be found at www.ajcity.net/302/Applications-Forms-Typical-Details

Currently our review times are about three weeks and inspections are being carried out as normal.

Thank you for helping us promote community safety by reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

March 18, 2020

The Apache Junction Public Library will temporarily close, effective Wednesday, as the city follows federal, state and local recommendations to practice social distancing.

Health officials have issued guidelines to limit gatherings and the city supports such moves to slow the spread of COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus.

Additionally, the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center will close indefinitely on Thursday as part of the city’s response to the virus outbreak. All special events and fitness programs have been suspended.

The library reminds patrons that they can download eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, music and streaming videos 24/7 from the comfort of their homes at https://www.ajpl.org/digital-collections. Other material can also be found at the Greater Phoenix Digital Library, https://phoenix.overdrive.com. For library information, please call (480) 474-8555 or visit https://www.ajpl.org.

Multi-Generational Center staff will be available by phone during regular city business hours, Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and also on Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Other city operations, including those at the City Clerk’s Office and the city Development Services department, remain open.

The city on Tuesday temporarily halted senior programs, including congregate meals, which are held at the Multi-Generational Center. The city continues to supply meals to seniors on a “drive-through” basis and by delivery. All recreation and fitness programs at the Multi-Generational Center have been suspended through the end of the month. For more information on the Senior and Recreation programs, please call (480) 983-2181.

Also, the Apache Junction Water District encouraged all customers to use the online method to pay their water bill, sending a payment by U.S. mail or using the dropboxes located at 300 E. Superstition Blvd. and 575 E. Baseline Ave. The water district also put in place a temporary moratorium on water service disconnections during the pandemic.

The city continues to reassess all its operations in consultation with Pinal County Health Department and state health officials. Apache Junction has had several measures in place as recommended by the county and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pinal County has seen five cases of COVID-19, as of Tuesday, all in one household. The CDC says the rate of infection of this new virus is higher among older populations and those with underlying health issues, including heart and lung diseases and diabetes.

As always, health officials remind to take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

March 17, 2020

Apache Junction Water District

Apache Junction Water District is committed to providing safe and reliable water service to our customers. In light of recommendations from health experts to limit gatherings and practice social distancing, AJWD encourages all customers to use one of the following methods to continue payment of their water bill:

1. Calling the office and talking to a customer service representative
2. Pay online through your web account
3. Send your payment by U.S. mail
4. Using our drop box (300 E. Superstition Blvd. or 575 E. Baseline Ave.)
5. Paying online using your bank’s online bill pay option

AJWD management has decided to establish a temporary moratorium on water service disconnections for all customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand it is a trying time for all of our customers and want to make sure that they can concentrate on their family’s wellbeing during this global health crisis.

AJWD will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and evaluate our policies and procedures during this time. We are also following all guidance from the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, including taking steps to reduce the threat of COVID-19 exposure to employees, customers and the community.

Apache Junction Parks and Recreation

Over the last two months, city staff have been following the guidance of health officials regarding implications of the spread of COVID-19 in our area. Accordingly, and to support social distancing recommendations, beginning today, March 17, Apache Junction Parks and Recreation will take the following measures:

City-run and City-Partnered events

  • Following federal Centers for Disease Control and Arizona Department of Health Services recommendations, large events will be cancelled, at a minimum through April, and longer as necessary.

Recreation Programs

  • Most recreation programs will be suspended at all facilities through the end of March. Program participants will be contacted regarding the status and given the option of a credit or refund.
  • Spring Break Open Gym will continue until the last scheduled day, March 20.

Senior Services

  • Senior programs, congregate meals, and transportation has been suspended.  Drive-thru and delivery options will be available for seniors who need meals. Contact the senior desk to sign up for your meals and receive more information at (480) 474-5260.
  • For seniors who need help with transportation, please inquire about our ride-reimbursement program for important trips. 
  • Home delivered meal services will continue in place.

Multi-Generational Center (MGC)

  • The MGC will remain open at this time for members and drop-in customers only to utilize the fitness area, basketball gym and other basic operations.
  • Group fitness classes have been cancelled through the end of March.
  • Several measures have been consistently in place for this site. Additional cleaning measures have been implemented and the most commonly touched surfaces will be wiped down more frequently.

Parks and outdoor spaces

  • All City parks remain open at this time. While parks are cleaned and maintained on a regular basis, we encourage all park users to take charge of their own personal health by following the CDC guidelines.
  • Existing facility reservations are being assessed with customers/organizations on a case-by-case basis. No new reservations will be made until more information is received from public health agencies.

Refunds/Credits

  • MGC members who would like to either cancel or suspend their membership during this time, may do so by emailing Larry Binion at lbinion@ajcity.net.  Members who cancel will receive a credit or refund for the time remaining on their membership.
  • Staff will be contacting individuals directly for program and facility rental cancellations.  Refunds or credits will be available as necessary.  If you have not received a call, please contact us at ajpr@ajcity.net.
  • Please be patient with our staff as we process refunds and credits for our families.

Apache Junction Public Library

  • As of today, to abide by recommendations regarding social distancing, all Library programs have been suspended until further notice.

March 16, 2020 update

With guidance from state and local health officials, the city of Apache Junction is following recommendations to curtail large gatherings and encourage social distancing by suspending some larger parks and recreation and library programs.

As of Tuesday, the Parks and Recreation department will temporarily halt senior programs, including congregate meals, which are currently held at the Multi-Generational Center. The city will continue to supply meals to seniors on a “drive-through” basis and by delivery. The senior transportation program will be suspended; however, the federally funded transportation reimbursement program to help seniors get to critical appointments and shopping will still be in place. Seniors are encouraged to call or talk with center staff about their options.

Other city operations, including obtaining business licenses or building permits and paying your water bill, remain open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

As of Tuesday, all recreation programs and fitness programs at the city’s Multi-Generational Center will be suspended through the end of the month. The Multi-Generational Center and the Apache Junction Public Library will remain open at this time. The Multi-Generational Center will remain open for members and drop-in daily users only. The city’s Open Gym program, remains scheduled to continue through March 20. The Library will remain open, but reminds patrons that they can download eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, music and streaming videos 24/7 from the comfort of their homes at https://www.ajpl.org/digital-collections.

The city continues to reassess all its operations in consultation with Pinal County and state health officials.

Although Library and Parks staff have increased its cleaning operations throughout its facilities, visitors are reminded to wash their hands frequently and wipe down apparatus after use in facilities as able.

The city has had several measures in place as recommended by Pinal County Health Department and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC on Sunday recommended limiting gatherings of 50 people or more. The city had already suspended its two special events in March and the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce postponed the planned March 21 “Superstition Blues and Brews” festival in the city’s Flatiron Community Park. The music festival has been rescheduled for Oct. 11.

For more information on the Senior and Recreation programs, please call (480) 983-2181. For library information, please call (480) 474-8555 or visit https://www.ajpl.org

Also, in light of federal recommendations, the city reminds those who follow city council actions during work and regular sessions that all council meetings can be viewed online at https://www.ajcity.net/livestream. If you are a Mediacom cable TV subscriber, you can see the live cablecast of the meetings on channel 11. If you are a CenturyLink Prism subscriber, you can watch the live meeting cablecast on channel 8017. The city council usually holds work sessions on the first and third Monday of each month and regular meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The meetings start at 7 p.m.

Pinal County has seen five cases of COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus, all in one household. The CDC says the rate of infection of this new virus is higher among older populations and those with underlying health issues, including heart and lung diseases and diabetes.

As always, health officials remind to take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

March 11, 2020

In regards to COVID-19, the best information on the local, regional and national response to the virus are from the health officials at each level of government. Below are links to pages specifically regarding information about the virus, its spread and what citizens can do.

Pinal County:

https://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/PublicHealth/Pages/PublicNotices.aspx?ID=3

Maricopa County:

https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Coronavirus-Disease-2019

State of Arizona

https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-home

U.S. Centers of Disease Control

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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