Yavapai County buildings will be closing to the public on Thursday due to a rise in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in the county. The announcement came from Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown during a Facebook Live town hall meeting Monday regarding COVID-19. Also involved in the town hall was Yavapai County Community Health Services Director Leslie Horton, who said the current outbreak started around the Fourth of July and continues to build, however there has been a leveling off in the county over the last two weeks. Brown says after Thursday the public can call for an appointment, or go to the buildings and call the numbers listed there. All employees will be wearing masks when they are away from work stations and all county employees are being asked to get vaccinated, but it’s not required. The current vaccination rate in Yavapai County is 40-percent. For information on testing sites and places to get the vaccine in the county, go to yavapaiaz.gov/chs.