In La Paz County, a third individual has tested positive for the coronavirus. This case has been confirmed in the Quartzsite service district and the individual is currently being treated in a hospital, outside of the county. All close contacts of the individual have been contacted and recommended to monitor for symptoms and quarantine themselves for 14 days, based on risk of exposure.
There are currently 2,575 cases in Arizona, 1,495 in Maricopa, 120 in Pinal, 415 in Pima, 222 in Navajo, 2 in Graham, 179 in Coconino, 5 in Santa Cruz, 57 in Yavapai, 13 in Yuma, 28 in Apache, 9 in Cochise, 23 in Mohave and 3 in La Paz County. Other tests have been completed and are pending in La Paz County.
New CDC Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings for the General Public:
As studies continue about coronavirus, the CDC recently learned that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus do not show symptoms (“asymptomatic”). Even if you eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”), it is possible to transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. Taking the new evidence into consideration, the CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores. This is particularly important in areas where the coronavirus is widespread.
Here are some key points regarding cloth masks from the CDC:
• Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for physical distancing.
• You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
• The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
• Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker
• Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
• Cloth face covers should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Cloth masks, or face coverings, can be made from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost.
• For more information on cloth masks please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected!
Please continue to practice physical distancing, while staying socially connected.
Please do your part and stay home when you are sick: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
For general questions please call the COVID-19 hotline at 844-542-8201 or dial 211 and visit the ADHS coronavirus website at www.azdhs.gov/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/COVID19 . For more information on La Paz County, please visit the La Paz County Health Department website at https://www.lpchd.com/ and the Facebook page @LaPazCounty.HealthDepartment.