Greenlee County reports new positive COVID-19 test to bring total to three

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: A young girl secures her mask with loops over her ears. Free fabric masks for girls, boys, men, and women were being handed out at the entrance to Basha’s grocery store in Morenci. As of Monday, Greenlee County has had three positive tests for COVID-19, the lowest of any county in the state.

By Jon Johnson

GREENLEE COUNTY – After going more than a month without a new positive test for COVID-19, the Greenlee County Health Department sent out a news release Monday advising that it is investigating a new confirmed case.

According to the release, the new positive case was likely travel related and all involved close contacts are being quarantined. Additionally, health officials will continue to investigate to identify any close contacts who may have been exposed while the positive person was infectious. Those individuals who are identified will be directly contacted by the health department.

Greenlee’s previous last positive test was listed on April 10 and was due to transmission from the county’s original case. Those two patients have long since recovered. Greenlee County has the least amount of positive COVID-19 cases of any county in Arizona.

As of Monday night, the Greenlee Health Department has recorded 144 tests for COVID-19 with 14 pending results.

General things that everyone should do to prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses include:

● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

● Stay home when you are sick.

● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular EPA registered household cleaning spray or wipes.

● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.