COOLIDGE — The city of Coolidge says it will be taking extra measures to ensure the safety and well being of area residents and city staff amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coolidge City Mayor Jon Thompson issued a statement on Wednesday informing the public that although there currently are no known cases of COVID-19 in Coolidge, all programs sponsored by the city have been suspended.

However, Thompson indicated that the city currently has no plans in place for staff to work remotely. 

The Coolidge Adult Center, Youth Center and Public Library will remain closed to the public at this time. Coolidge Parks & Recreation staff noted that the Adult Center is currently only providing meals in a drive-thru fashion to registered seniors who have reserved their meals in advance.

But for other city departments including the city court, animal control, public works and development services, it is business as usual, and will remain open at this time. 

The city also intends to hold the regularly scheduled city council meeting on Monday, according to the statement. However, "Call to the Public" has been temporarily suspended for all city meetings. 

City Manager Rick Miller stated that members of the public that have questions or concerns they would like addressed are urged to contact City Hall instead. 

He noted that other precautions, including rearranging the seating within the council chambers so that all chairs are six feet away from each other, have also been taken. 

Thompson also noted in his statement that the city is still continuing to monitor recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pinal County and the State of Arizona, and urged local businesses to do the same.

"At this point we haven't seen anything that would lead us to take any further  action than than we've already taken," Thompson told PinalCentral. "But things change daily so we will continue to monitor it." 

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