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Yuma and Somerton Declare State of Emergency on COVID-19

The cities of Yuma and Somerton declared a state of emergency this past weekend over the coronavirus.

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls declared a state of emergency for the City of Yuma on Sunday. While there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus/COVID-19 in Yuma County, Nicholls said he finds it "necessary and prudent to prepare for the unavoidable confirmation of the virus in Yuma.

Also Sunday, Somerton Mayor Gerardo Anaya declared a state of emergency for the South County city. 

In the city's proclamation, it reads"It is necessary and appropriate to take action to ensure the spread of COVID-19 is controlled and that the residents of the City of Somerton remain safe and healthy."

On Friday, Yuma County and the City of San Luis declared a state of emergency.

On Saturday, mayors Nicholls and Anaya were joined by San Luis Mayor Gerardo Sanchez and Wellton Mayor Cecilia McCollough to issue a statement of unity in working with local, state and federal officials to do whatever necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19. Nicholls also asked citizens to please refrain from "panic buying" that has left store shelves empty of toilet paper, hand sanitizers and other items.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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