MARICOPA — The city has announced that the gym and pool at Copper Sky Recreation Complex will be closing for at least a month in accordance with Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order, while three of its lifeguards have tested positive for COVID-19.
Ducey onJune 29 ordered the closure of all gyms and public pools effective at 8 p.m. that day as part of an effort to slow the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Arizona. The order also applies to bars and movie theaters.
Shortly after Ducey’s announcement and the subsequent closure of Copper Sky, the city announced three lifeguards at Copper Sky Aquatic Center tested positive for COVID-19. The city said in a press release the infected guards had not been working at the pool since June 20.
“We do not believe the affected staff came in close contact without taking appropriate precautions with any of the public during any potential shift where they may have had COVID-19,” said Community Services Director Nathan Ullyot. “Copper Sky Aquatic staff have taken great care to provide aquatic services within the state, federal and CDC guidelines for pool operation.”
Ducey’s executive order is thus far intended to last 30 days, though the governor said the situation will continue to be evaluated as more COVID-19 data come in.
No members of the multigenerational center will be charged for services in July.
The number of positive COVID-19 cases has grown rapidly in the Maricopa area the past week. In the 85138 and 85139 ZIP codes that include the city as well as surrounding communities such as Hidden Valley, cases rose to 508 on Monday. That is up 155 from a week prior.