Greenlee County reports new positive COVID-19 test

Raymundo Frasquillo File Photo/Gila Herald: A young girl secures her mask with loops over her ears. Greenlee County has reported its fourth case of COVID-19.

Brings total to four cases, with two active

By Jon Johnson

jonjohnsonnews@gmail.com

CLIFTON – The Greenlee County Health Department issued a news release Wednesday evening advising of a new positive test for COVID-19.

The new test brings the county’s total to four during the pandemic. The first two cases – which were family-related – have fully recovered and the county has two active cases, both of which were likely travel-related.

All involved close contacts of the new case are being quarantined while the health department conducts investigations to identify any others who may have been exposed while the positive case was infectious.

Even with the new case, Greenlee County still has the fewest amount of positive test cases out of any county in Arizona.

Greenlee County has tested 173 people and has 16 tests that are currently pending.  

Graham County

Graham County is experiencing a new cluster of positive-test cases and reported two new cases on both Monday and Tuesday, as well as the county’s first death related to COVID-19. As of Tuesday, Graham County has reported 25 total cases. A total of 20 people have fully recovered, and the county had four active cases as of Tuesday night with at least nine tests pending laboratory analysis.

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

  • ●  Wear a cloth mask according to CDC guidelines when in community areas
  • ●  Practice social distancing
  • ●  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

What you need to know about COVID-19

  • ●  COVID-19 causes a wide range of symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing
  • ●  Most people (about 80%) develop only mild symptoms, particularly children
  • ●  Like influenza, those most likely to develop a severe disease are people older than 60 years and those with other medical conditions like heart or lung disease
  • ●  The virus is spread person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • ●  People who are most at risk of becoming infected are those who have prolonged, close contact with a person who is infected with COVID-19 and is symptomatic

Additional information may be obtained at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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