The number of reported cases of the coronavirus in La Paz County almost doubled in just one day. The County Health Department said they were notified the morning of Wednesday, April 29, of eight additional positive cases in the county, bringing the total of cases to 18.
This came one day after three more cases were reported, bringing the county’s total to 10.
Of the eight new cases, four individuals are within the age group of 20-44 and four are within the age group of 45-64. They are all from are from the McMullen Valley service district area (Wenden and Salome), as were the three reported on Tuesday, April 28. All 11 cases reported over the two days had direct workplace contact with previously confirmed cases.
The Health Department said additional tests are pending.
The 18 confirmed positive cases in the county have resulted in three fully recovered, one hospitalized outside of the county, 12 recovering at home and two deaths. The health department is coordinating response efforts and offering guidance in order to reduce transmission among employees.
The process of interviewing close contacts of the individuals will continue, as well as recommending each person monitor for symptoms and quarantine themselves for 14 days, based on risk exposure.
As of April 29, there have been 7,212 cases in Arizona and 304 deaths.
Worldwide, there have been 3.14 million cases and 220,000 deaths. Of these, 1.04 cases are in the United States, and almost 60,000 have died.
Of the cases worldwide that are no longer active, 986,000 have recovered, a recovery rate of 82 percent.
The CDC recommends the following guidelines to businesses and employers:
- Employees who have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor and stay home. Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps.
- Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
- Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions.
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
- Pioneer reporter John Gutekunst contributed to this story.