Update, March 20, 8:11 PM: Arizona Department of Health Services
Arizona Public Health Officials Confirm First Death Due to COVID-19
Take precautions and practice social distancing to protect you and your family
PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) have confirmed the first death due to COVID-19 in Arizona. The individual was a male in his 50s with underlying health conditions. MCDPH is in the process of notifying close contacts of this person and will be asking them to monitor for symptoms.
“We express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends grieving their loved one during this difficult time,” said Dr. Cara Christ, ADHS Director. “COVID-19 is a serious disease that can be fatal in anyone, especially our elderly population and people with underlying health conditions. We expect to see more cases of COVID-19 in Arizona, and there could be more deaths. It is imperative that everyone takes precautions to protect you and your family from this disease.”
UPDATED: The number of cases have been updated as of 3:15 to 78. Eleven of the new cases are in Navajo County.
The Community of Chilchinbeto, Arizona has been declared a "Hot Spot" by the Regulatory Agency after 7 cases were confirmed positive yesterday afternoon. Chilchinbeto, Arizona is now closed to the public and visitors.
11:30- A Sedona resident has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. The case is currently under investigation by Yavapai County Community Health Services. The patient has no symptoms, has not been hospitalized and is isolating at home. They were tested due to an exposure to a suspected COVID-19 case. As part of YCCHS’s ongoing disease investigation to identify the source of the virus and other individuals who were potentially exposed, people close to the individual will be contacted by the health department.
There are currently 63 cases in Arizona, 34 in Maricopa, 10 in Pinal, 8 in Pima, 5 in Coconino, 3 in Navajo, 1 in Graham, and 1 in Yavapai. 343 tests have been completed statewide, with 211 ruled out, and 101 pending. In Yavapai County, 58 tests have been completed with 42 negative, and 15 pending.
Governor Ducey’s Executive Order yesterday 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.
The order also halts all elective surgeries in the state of Arizona to free up medical resources and maintain the capacity for hospitals and providers to continue offering vital services. This will help keep critical personal protective equipment (PPE) available for the fight against COVID-19.
YCCHS has posted the Governor’s Official Executive Order on our website www.yavapai.us/chs.
There will be a press conference today at the Board of Supervisors later today – details will be forthcoming. Yesterday the County declared a Proclamation of Countywide Emergency 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.
Please avoid people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home. If someone in your house is sick, stay home to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus to others. Set up a separate room for sick household members and clean the room regularly, and make sure thy have clean disposable masks to use.
The Yavapai County Emergency Operations Center is open, and the phone bank will be open to answer calls from the community, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 928-442-5103.
The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is available to answer questions about COVID-19 at 844-542-8201. Arizona providers can call for testing and patient guidance. The general public can call for information about testing, isolation and quarantine.
For more information about this event or any of the Yavapai County Community Health Services, please contact Terri Farneti Terri.Farneti@yavapai.us