- First 2 cases of COVID-19 identified in La Paz County
- Bars must now close and restaurants must be dine-out only, by state order
In La Paz County, two separate individuals have tested positive for COVID-19. The cases are currently under investigation by the La Paz County Health Department. The individuals are not hospitalized and are recovering at home. Other tests are pending.
The La Paz County Health Department could not be more specific about age and gender. Both were tested due to exposure of positive COVID-19 cases in other states.
“As part of the ongoing disease investigation La Paz County Health Department will interview close contacts of the individuals and recommend each person monitor for symptoms and quarantine themselves for 14 days, based on risk of exposure,” the Health Department said in an email.
There are currently 406 cases in Arizona, 251 in Maricopa, 23 in Pinal, 49 in Pima, 37 in Navajo, 2 in Graham, 23 in Coconino, 1 in Santa Cruz, 4 in Yavapai, 4 in Yuma, 7 in Apache, 1 in Cochise, 2 in Mohave and 2 in La Paz County. Other tests have been completed and are now pending in La Paz County.
A recent Executive Order by Governor Doug Ducey requires restaurants in Arizona counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to provide dine-out options only, and that all bars in those counties close. This also applies to movie theaters and gyms. This Executive Order is now in effect for La Paz County.
La Paz County declared a Proclamation of Countywide Emergency on March 18th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing it to make appropriate orders, provide emergency resources, request additional resources and receive mutual aid from the state and federal governments.
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.
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