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 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.