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The Colorado River Indian Tribes reported the afternoon of May 13 a total of 11 new positive cases of the coronavirus among Tribal members. The report, which is on CRIT’s Manataba Messenger Facebook page, said they had all been tested at the Parker Indian Health Center. They are all from two households.

This brings the total number of coronavirus cases in La Paz County to 38. A total of 14 of them are Tribal members. The majority of the others are from a workplace in the McMullen Valley on the eastern edge of the Quartzsite Fire District.

The Manataba Messager report stated the CRIT Department of Health and Social Services will work in conjunction with Parker Indian Health Center to identify and notify any contacts the individuals may have had recently. They state further that individual who have any symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, headache, myalgias (body aches), chills, repeating shaking with chills, and/or a new loss of taste or smell to please contact the Parker Indian Health Center or your primary physician.

“We are strongly urging all individuals to limit contact outside your immediate household as much as possible and to wear a face mask when you must be outside of your home,” the Manataba Messenger report said.

The report noted that, while the State of Arizona is allowing some businesses to reopen and easing some restrictions, the CRIT Stay at Home Order, Resolution No. 54-20, is in effect for everyone within the boundaries of the Colorado River Indian Reservation. This order bans access to the Colorado River from the reservation, prohibits new leases at mobile home or RV parks, closes "non-essential" businesses, limits the number of people from one household who can go out at any time for “essential business,” and sets a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.

The report offers this advice to help people avoid contracting the virus or infecting others:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Wear a face mask when you must leave your home to conduct essential tasks.

Avoid close contact with anyone outside of your immediate household.

Stay home when you are sick.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue and immediately discard the tissue in the trash.

Of the 38 cases in La Paz County as of the afternoon of May 13, 18 are active and 20 are closed. Of the closed cases, which are all the cases that have reached some conclusion, 18 have recovered and two have died.

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