Yuma and Somerton Declare State of Emergency on COVID-19

Mar 16, 2020

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.