COVID-19 Update from Health and Emergency Management

CoronavirusGraphic2UPDATED  April 7, 2020 

On Saturday April 4 Gila County Public Health Department confirmed the third positive case of COVID-19 in Gila County:  a Payson resident in his early 50s. The case appears to be travel related, and threat to the community appears to be very low as the patient has been isolated prior to the beginning of symptoms.
Local public health disease investigators are investigating the case to determine any close contacts with the patient. 
Gila County Public Health Department  reports  local statisics daily:   as of April 7 
in Gila County  215 people have been tested -- of these  212  were ruled-out and negative for COVID-19 
with  zero  test results still  pending.  Follow these prevention guidelines to help prevent infection:

• CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing
measures are difficult to maintain -- such as grocery stores and pharmacies
• Avoid close contact with people who are sickCoronavirusGraphic3.500wide
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Stay home when you are sick
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, immediately dispose of  tissues in the trash
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
 Arizona Department of Health Services Statistics > updated April 6: 

* The Arizona Department of Health reports 73   fatalities  statewide attributable to COVID-19, as of March 30
Arizona has 2,577 confirmed COVID-19 cases across the state. 
* Most people who contract COVID-19  have symptoms similar to the flu: fever, coughing and shortness of breath -- and most recover at home.  

 • COVID-19 is widespread in Arizona with cases now in all 15 counties
• The Gila County Call Center is now open M-F 8-5. Call 928-402-8888 for information, resources and guidance
• For Arizona's  statewide COVID-19 hotline call 2-1-1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day of the week 

Gila County's first two cases included a Payson woman in her 40s. This case is not travel related, showing the first evidence of community spread in Gila County.  The patient is employed at the Walmart Supercenter in Payson, and public health investigators are interviewing Walmart management to determine  close contacts the employee may have had during the final weeks of March. Gila County's first confirmed case was also a  Payson woman in her 40s; who self-quarantined and recovered at home.  The first case was deemed travel-related, and  with no evidence of community spread - and  low threat to the community, because the patient followed guidelines to self-isolated since the beginning of her symptoms. 
Questions about covid-19?  During weekday business hours call the Gila County Health Emergency Operations Center (928) 402-8888 
 Bars, theaters, gyms and indoor fitness clubs in Gila County remain closed to public access until further notice. Restaurants within Gila County are also closed to on-site dining,  but allowed to serve the public through pickup, delivery, and drive-through options.  Cafeterias at nursing homes, hospitals, and similar facilities as well as soup kitchens that provide meals to the needy are not subject to these restrictions and may continue normal operations while taking precautions to ensure social distancing and appropriate hygiene according to Centers for Disease Control and preventions standards. 


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Additional executive orders from the governor's office address :
Telemedicine For Pets And Animals * Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected * Continuity Of Work *  Increasing Hospital Capacity For COVID-19 Preparedness * 
Expansion Of Telemedicine * Postponement Of Eviction Actions * Prohibiting The Closure Of Essential Services
* Ensuring Individuals Whose Employment Is Affected By COVID-19 Have Access To Unemployment Insurance * READ THESE AND MORE AT

 • The Arizona Poison Control System is also available to answer questions about COVID-19 from Arizona providers (for testing and patient guidance) and the general public (for testing, isolation, and quarantine guidance) at 1-844-542-8201

• COVID-19 Hotline call 2-1-1 from 8 to 8 p.m. each day of the week
• For COVID-19 information en Espanol, see

  Gila County's Health and Emergency Management team have tracked the disease since January, and are in direct daily contact with state and federal medical experts to keep local residents updated - and healthy.  Gila County's Health and Emergency Management also leads a daily conference call including police and fire first responders, local hospitals in Globe and Payson; and elected leaders of the county, Globe, Payson and other towns within Gila County.  

  *  In Arizona the level of community spread is still listed as "widespread," with  community risk "increasing, with some areas of heightened risk"  

Highly populated areas of Arizona are at a heightened risk.

Read updates at official and verified sources - such as Arizona Department of Health Services website - which includes a map showing n

umbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county across AZ
and AZDHS on Facebook

Locally, Gila County's Health and Emergency Management  team continues to vigorously monitor COVID-19; providing daily updates to community leaders and healthcare partners -- accurate information to share with local residents.  
“We constantly prepare and plan to deal with air-borne disease in general, which  prepares us well to respond to COVID-19 cases too,” said Joshua Beck, Manager of Gila County’s COVID-19 response team. “Gila County has focused much attention on pandemic planning and preparedness over the past five years; this means that response agencies across Gila County are skilled in coordinating efforts to protect our communities from the threat of diseases like COVID-19. The only way we get through any infectious disease is by cooperation and awareness - keep family members home when they are sick, stay home from work when we are sick, cover our coughs and keep our hands washed. Sounds simple enough, but as a community, these small actions can make all the difference. While we have not had any cases of COVID-19 in Gila County; however, counts continue to rise across  Arizona and we expect to see additional cases - quite possibly here in Gila County.” 

Again:  get your information from verified, official and trusted sources. Gila County's Health and Emergency Management posts frequent updates at

Public Health officials reiterated that  most illnesses from COVID-19 have been managable without requiring hospitalization,  and that 

Avoid close contact with people who are sick - and avoid crowds. Federal and State health officials advise meetings be limited to ten people or fewerpatients recover at home.
Still ,  they urge residents to take this outbreak seriously,  and follow preventative measures:

Even with family, friends and coworkers who appear healthy maintain a 'social distance' of at least six feet to prevent respiratory infection

-      Stay home if you  are at higher risk, such as older adults, because risk increases with age 
-      Stay home if you  have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease,  diabetes or lung disease 
Seniors and those with hronic medical conditions  must take special precautions to reduce their risk of getting sick -- maintaining distance, even  from family and close friends,  will help protect those who are most vulnerable. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure to the virus and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. Those considered most at risk for contracting the virus are individuals with travel to an area where COVID-19 is spreading or individuals in close contact with a person under investigation for COVID-19. If you recently traveled to an area where COVID-19 is spreading and have developed fever with cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you may need to be seen at your local hospital emergency room/urgent care center. Please call the emergency room/urgent care center to get instructions before going in.

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 The Payson Roundup website has up-to-date Rim Country closures and news 

 Globe Miami Times is helping share state and federal updates at 
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