COVID-19

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Yuma’s winter agriculture season usually ends around April but this year it ended a few weeks early.  

The COVID-19 pandemic led to industry shutdowns that spoiled the market for commercial fresh produce. 

Farmers in Yuma say they had to destroy acres of lettuce, some already packaged for shipping.  The impacts of the pandemic on farmers will continue into the new growing season.

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Monday, Sept. 21

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President Trump said Arizona is a COVID-19 response model for other states to follow during a meeting with Gov. Doug Ducey at the White House Wednesday. 

Trump, along with Dr. Deborah Birx from the White House Coronavirus Task Force were pleased with Arizona's efforts to encourage face coverings and to close bars and nightclubs. Gov. Ducey noted how it impacted the positivity rate. 

 

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The border city of San Luis, Ariz. has been a concern for health officials during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the crossings between the city and San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. But San Luis Police Lt. Marco Santana says people are complying with orders to slow the spread and numbers are less than in Yuma and Somerton. 

Yuma Regional Medical Center

 

While Yuma Regional Medical Center continues to manage an uptick in COVID-19 patient admissions, hospital leadership says it continues to focus on staff safety.  

On KAWC's weekly episode of Arizona Edtion, we asked YRMC CEO and President Dr. Robert Trenschel how it manages to keep staff healthy and safe? He says on-sight transmissions are less concerning than the risk workers face outside the hospital environment.

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