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UPDATE COVID VACCINE INFO/SANTA CRUZ COUNTY 1-23-2021

Santa Cruz County has an online registration system available now, and they would like people to use that now instead of calling.

Covid vaccinations are now available for those 75 and older and for essential workers. If you are in either of those groups, you can schedule an appointment:

1) On the County website https://www.santacruzcountyaz.gov/732/COVID-19-Novel-Coronavirus
2) If you don’t have a computer, you can call 520-375-7626.

Prayer for Peace

The following came in from Bishop Bob of the Desert Southwest Conference.  May we all pray for peace and unity during the Inauguration tomorrow and in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.  May God be with us.  Revs Patty and Andy

The Bishop’s E-Lumination

A Call to Peace and Prayer
January 19, 2021
Photo by MORAN on Unsplash
Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,

My heart is heavy at the current level of animosity and conflict surrounding the peaceful transfer of power that has been a hallmark of our democracy in the United States of America. This peaceful transfer is what I learned and experienced in my life. On the eve of the inauguration of a new President, your Appointive Cabinet and I share this word of encouragement and hope with you.

Nonetheless, following the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we renew our faith and trust in the strong core of goodness and peacefulness in humankind.  Dr. King, in a speech in 1964 on the occasion of his acceptance of the Nobel Prize in Peace, spoke of all the incredible advances in science and technology. Yet, he said,  “. . .in spite of these spectacular strides in science and technology, and still unlimited ones to come, something basic is missing. There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers (and sisters).”[1]

With the Appointive Cabinet, we call us to a time of fervent prayer for our democracy, our nation and the world.

We have received words of possible violence threatening churches and individuals this week. Although no specific details are available, we urge an extra measure of caution and vigilance in our church communities. Any suspicious activity that endangers lives or property should be reported to local authorities and to your District Superintendent immediately.

We call upon you to pray for peace, for reconciliation, and for hope. As faithful United Methodists, we have a responsibility to share the good news that through Christ, we have the assurance that God is always with us.

Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, we invite you to join us to pray for and act with peace. I share with passionate hope and faith, a prayer from the previous E-Lumination, which is just as meaningful at this moment as it was then:

Eternal God, our Creator, we give heartfelt thanks for the world in which you have placed us. We turn to you as we watch our nation wrought by deep divide over the process of election that draws to a close. Endow our nation with a spirit of reconciliation and peace, that we might emerge from these difficult, contentious moments, into a spirit of light and love made known to us in your son, Jesus Christ.

Visit us with patience, to quiet our souls. Deliver us from threatening violence in our streets, wipe away the malice of suspicion of others in our hearts, keep our eyes focused on the vision you give us of the Kin-dom where lion and lamb live together.

As Bishop Ruben P. Job has encouraged us to do no harm, to do good, and to stay in love with you, may we also determine every day that our lives will always be invested in the effort to bring healing instead of hurt; wholeness instead of division; and harmony with the ways of Jesus rather than with the ways of the world.

As we proclaim our faith in you and our love for Christ, let your Spirit reside in our hearts and grant us peace for this time, we pray, in the name of our Shepherd, Jesus, AMEN.

In Christ’s love,
Bishop Bob

[1] Martin Luther King Jr. – Nobel Lecture. NobelPrize.org. Nobel Media AB 2021. Mon. 18 Jan 2021. https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1964/king/lecture/

Santa Cruz County COVID Vaccine Information

Information is from Patagonia Regional Times (PRT). Summary of the article, is:
Santa Cruz County is vaccinating those 75 and over, healthcare workers, law enforcement personnel, and essential workers. They have NOT yet moved to those under 75.
Check the Santa Cruz County website (link at end of the PRT article). The health department will have an online registration there in the near future.
In the meantime, if you are in the categories in #1 (75 and over, healthcare, law enforcement or essential worker) call the Santa Cruz County number (at end of article) to set up an appointment.
Marilyn

UPDATE: COMMUNITY COVID 19 VACCINE INFORMATION- PHASE 1B

Currently, people 75 and older are now receiving the COVID vaccine in Santa Cruz County. On Jan. 12, the CDC announced a change in their guidelines and are now recommending that states “expand access” to the vaccine to include all people 65 and older. “The guidelines are intended to prompt faster distribution of the vaccines by making more people immediately eligible for vaccination, as well as expanding the potential locations where people can receive it. Of the more than 25 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine that have been delivered nationwide, just under 9 million shots had been put into Americans’ arms as of Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” according to NBC News.
States are not required to follow this guideline, and, as of now, Santa Cruz County is still restricting the vaccines to people 75 and older, as well as healthcare workers, law enforcement personnel and essential workers.

The County received only 200 doses of the COVID vaccine from the state for this week. With 800- 900 doses left over from previous shipments, they began this week with approximately 1000 doses. All appointments have been filled for this week. Residents should check the county website https://www.santacruzcountyaz.gov/732/COVID-19-Novel-Coronavirus, as the health department intends to have an on-line appointment scheduler up soon.

Case numbers are still rising in eastern Santa Cruz County and hospitals in Pima County are reaching capacity. As of Jan. 8, there were only 10 ICU beds available. Pima County hospitals serve patients in the Southeastern region of the state, which includes Santa Cruz, Pima, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties. Click here to read more.

If you qualify for the vaccination, as described above, please email hservices@santacruzcountyaz.gov or call 520-375-7626 for an appointment.