We hope this email finds you and your family healthy and feeling strong during this uncertain time.
Coconino County has suffered greatly from the coronavirus pandemic. Our residents only make up about 2% of the state, but we have 6% of the COVID-19 cases and 10% of the fatalities attributed to the disease - the highest death rate in Arizona.
Add to that the economic impact of the disease. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the four industries that have been hardest hit in terms of unemployment during this time are hospitality, retail, education/health care services, and government. Those also are the sectors that make up the bulk of our jobs in northern Arizona.
The demands on our nonprofits are unprecedented. Which is why United Way of Northern Arizona established the
two months ago, and why we are teaming up with Coconino County to lead the
COVID-19 Social Safety-Net Services Coalition.
Together, this new coalition is working together to lead, support and coordinate efforts to meet the ever-evolving needs of our citizens as we respond to this public health and economic crisis. No one has a crystal ball: we don't know precisely what will happen as economies re-open; we don't know if - or how severe - a second wave of infections could be; we don't know when an effective vaccine or treatment will be developed.
What we do know is that many of our friends and neighbors will need short- and long-term help in the coming months to keep their families afloat.