COVID on the Rise in Verde Communities | Local News

Communities in Verde have seen a spike in COVID cases over the past three months, according to data compiled by VerdeCares, the local voluntary health assistance agency.

The Arizona Department of Health Services COVID Information Dashboard shows 105 cases reported from ZIP Code 85263 between September 30, 2021 and January 6, 2022.

Health officials report that the Omicron variant is highly contagious and has flu-like symptoms for most people. It is treatable; however, the shortage of tests and therapeutics (treatments) has resulted in new guidelines as to who receives what treatments during hospitalization.

VerdeCares Executive Director Vicki Beseke tells residents there is no need to be afraid or panic, just follow some basic guidelines to stay safe and healthy.

Be careful when around other people, keep groups small, and preferably hold events outdoors (ventilation is a great deterrent). People with symptoms should contact their doctor.

Many people can stay home with prescriptions and self-quarantine for five days after symptoms appear (a new guideline). If you are sick, stay home and follow the doctor’s instructions.

Those who have recently been with someone who tested positive should contact their doctor’s office to find out where to go if a test is needed. Home COVID tests are rare and not as accurate with the Omicron variant.

Researchers predicting the impact of COVID push the peak in this area from mid-January to late January. has additional information on the number of COVID cases in Arizona and around the world, click on COVID-19 Stats Snapshot.

VerdeCares helps neighbors by running errands for prescriptions, groceries, and additional meal services for those in need and during quarantine.

“We exist because of you and for you,” Beseke said. “Think of us as your resource partner here to help you when you need it.

“You encourage us and inspire us to do better for you. Thank you to everyone who volunteers with VerdeCares by donating their time to help neighbors in need. Thank you to everyone who supports our mission here in the Verdes.

To volunteer or for more information on services available to Verde residents, please contact the VerdeCares office at 480-471-8944. Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Help is available 24/7 by calling 480-540-1312.

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