In 2nd day of testing AZ State Public Health Lab confirms presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Arizona

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Mar 4 2:20 PM MST

This story has been updated on March 10, 2020 1:55 PM MST

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) confirms 6 cases in Arizona.

“With the case counts increasing around the country, it is no surprise that we have another case here in Maricopa County,” said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director for disease control for Maricopa County Department of Public Health. “The good news is that this individual is in stable condition and is expected to have a full recovery, as are most people who become infected with this disease.”

The ADHS State Public Health Lab began testing for COVID-19 on March 2 and detected detected 2 positive cases and has tested  other potential cases, saying there are also 4 presumptive positive cases bringing the total to 6 cases in Arizona.

After receiving the presumptive positive, MCDPH staff have interviewed close contacts of the case and recommended that they monitor for symptoms and quarantine themselves for 14 days based on the risk of exposure.

“As far as risk to the public, we are still doing the case investigation of this individual, however, because we know when and where this individual was exposed, this does not represent community spread,” Dr. Sunenshine said.

COVID-19 is believed to spread mostly through respiratory droplets produced when a sick person coughs or sneezes. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The best way to prevent COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases is to:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

For more information visit http://www.Maricopa.gov/Coronavirus. For statewide case counts and information about testing at the Arizona State Public Health Lab, please visit www.azhealth.gov/COVID-19.

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