UPDATE: Additional info. The third COVID-19 case in La Paz County was in the Quartzsite area, according to the Health Department. The person is in hospital outside the County. Close contacts have been advised to quarantine for 14 days.
A third individual has tested positive for COVID-19 in La Paz County. The case is currently under investigation by the La Paz County Health Department.
As part of the ongoing disease investigation, La Paz County Health Department says it will interview close contacts of the individual and recommend each person monitor for symptoms and quarantine themselves for 14 days, based on risk of exposure.
There are currently 2,269 cases in Arizona, 1,326 in Maricopa, 103 in Pinal, 372 in Pima, 195 in Navajo, 2 in Graham, 155 in Coconino, 4 in Santa Cruz, 45 in Yavapai, 13 in Yuma, 23 in Apache, 8 in Cochise, 16 in Mohave and 3 in La Paz County. Other tests have been completed and are pending in La Paz County.
Governor Doug Ducey has issued an executive order requiring hospitals to increase hospital bed capacity, optimize staffing and “maximize critical resources,” according to a statement from Ducey’s office. Hospitals are now required to re-route non-critical patients to other providers, increase bed capacity by 50% by April 24th, and put into place plans to optimize their staffing in preparation for a growing number of coronavirus cases.