A person in Lake Havasu City has tested positive for coronavirus, the Today's News-Herald has learned.

It's the first positive case for Mohave County. The Mohave County Public Health Department is not revealing the person's gender or age. The patient is an adult who is not hospitalized and is recovering at home, according to a press release from the county. 

Additional information could be released in a possible press conference on Wednesday, said county public information officer Roger Galloway.

“With new cases increasing daily around the country and throughout Arizona, it is not surprising to see our first case here in Mohave County,” said Denise Burley, Mohave County public health director, in the news release sent at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Burley said when a positive result is received, county health department staff will interview the person's close contacts and recommend that each person self-monitors for symptoms and quarantine themselves for 14 days, based on the risk of exposure.

Havasu Mayor Cal Sheehy said the confirmation of a positive case will mean the governor's executive order last week will apply to Mohave County. That order requires bars and restaurants, indoor gyms and fitness clubs to close, Sheehy said. Restaurants may continue to serve the public through pick-up, delivery and drive through options, he said.  

Coronavirus is believed to be spread mostly through respiratory droplets produced when a sick person coughs or sneezes.  Signs and symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. According to the county health department, the best way to prevent coronavirus and other respiratory diseases is to:
·       Avoid close contact with sick individuals
·       Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
·       Stay home when you are sick
·       Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue, then throw the tissue away immediately
·       Clean and disinfect surfaces and frequently used or touched objects, with disinfectant sprays or wipes
·       Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or singing happy birthday twice). Use alcohol based hand sanitizers if water and soap are not available
·       Practice social distancing (approximately six feet or more between and among individuals.
Lake Havasu City released the following statement the morning of March 25:

Effective immediately, per Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-09, bars, movie theaters, gyms, fitness clubs and similar facilities are closed to the public. Restaurants can offer take-out, delivery, and curbside pickup, but cannot provide dine-in services.

The Mohave County Department of Public Health notified the public of the first positive test of COVID-19 in Mohave County, which triggers Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-09.

“My top priority is to protect the public health of this community. If we continue to abide by the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, Arizona Department of Health Services, and Mohave County Department of Public Health, by limiting our exposure, staying at home, practicing good hygiene and social distancing, and remaining calm, we will get through this together” said Mayor Cal Sheehy.

For more information, including a link to the Governor’s Executive Orders and other City services related to COVID-19, please visit our Lake Havasu City website at www.lhcaz.gov/covid-19


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