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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Yuma County UPDATES - 4 NEW CASES

Post Date:03/29/2020 3:00 PM

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The Yuma County Public Health Services District has announced 4 new cases of COVID-19 in Yuma County bringing the total number of positives to 9 (nine).

All four cases are travel related and all patients are in isolation. Health Officials continue to conduct investigations to identify any close contacts that may have been exposed while the person was infections.  Any individuals who have been identified will be contacted directly. 

“There is widespread transmission across Arizona. The majority of people infected with COVID-19 show mild, moderate or no symptoms, yet they are still capable of transmitting the disease. Our friends, family and neighbors with underlying medical conditions, regardless of their age, are at an increased risk of complications. By practicing preventive measures including social distancing, we can all do our part to help slow the spread of the disease and to protect those at highest risk. This allows our healthcare system to be able to respond without being overwhelmed” Diana Gomez, Director of Public Health.

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from the COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical conditions are more likely to develop serious illness. If you are seeking medical attention please call head to disclose your symptoms so that your healthcare provider and first responders can take the necessary precautions. 

Please remember to take the following precautions:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;

- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and

  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

A person that experiences a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from any destination under CDC travel should call ahead to their health care provider and mention their recent travel or close contact.

If a person has had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from this area or been in contact with a person with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, they should call ahead to a health care professional.

Please visit Yuma County's COVID-19 webpage. This remains the best and most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Yuma County.

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