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The Colorado River Indian Tribes are reporting 11 new positive cases of coronavirus resulting from individuals who were tested at the Parker Indian Health Center. Ten individuals are residents of the Colorado River Indian Reservation and one individual resides outside the boundaries of CRIT. This brings the total to 34 positive cases for the Colorado River Indian Tribes out of 62 cases for La Paz County.

The majority of cases in La Paz County now involve people who were tested at the Indian Health Center. The majority of the 28 cases from the rest of the county were from a workplace in the McMullen Valley.

“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,” read a statement on the Manataba Messenger website.

“The 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,” the statement continued. “If you have any symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, headache, myalgias (body aches), chills, repeating shaking with chills, and new loss of taste or smell please contact the Parker Indian Health Center or your primary physician.”

The statement went on to remind people of the Tribes’ Stay at Home Order, Resolution No. 54-20. It noted this order is still in effect even as much of the State of Arizona has been reopening following the expiration of Gov. Doug Ducey’s Stay at Home Order May 15.

“Everyone needs to stay home except for essential tasks and limit contact with anyone who is not a member of your immediate household,” the statement said.

The statement offered the following advice to help stop the spread of the virus:

• 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.

Local residents will have two opportunities to get tested for the coronavirus this weekend, Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30.

The Regional Center for Border Health will be conducting drive-thru testing from 8 a.m. to 12 noon May 29 at their Parker Walk-in Clinic, 601 Riverside Drive in Parker. No appointments are needed.

The La Paz County Health Department and Sonora Quest Labs will be conducting drive-thru testing from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 at the La Paz County Office Complex at 1112 Joshua Avenue in Parker. This is part of Gov. Doug Ducey’s “testing blitz.”

This testing is for people over the age of 18, and it’s free. However, you must have an appointment. To make an appointment, call 928-615-4305 from Monday, May 25 to Thursday, May 28 during regular business hours.

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