The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in La Paz County now stands at 10. The County Health Department was notified Tuesday, April 28, of three additional positive cases in the county.  These individuals are within the age group of 20-44 and from the area served by the McMullen Valley Fire Department (Salome and Wenden) in the eastern part of the county. 

The Health Department said these cases had direct workplace contact with previous confirmed cases. They added additional tests are pending.

The ten positive confirmed cases in the county have resulted in three fully recovered, one hospitalized outside of the county, four 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.

The three new cases in La Paz County were reported the same day Johns Hopkins University said the United States topped more than 1 million coronavirus cases. More than one-third of the coronavirus cases worldwide have been in America. There are more cases of coronavirus in America than in the six next-highest countries in the world combined:  Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Turkey.

There have been 58,000 deaths in the United States, which is better than one-quarter of the total in the world.

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.

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