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Pima County Health Director tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 11:01 AM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 13:09:48-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Pima County Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen has tested positive for COVID-19, the county announced Wednesday.

Dr. Cullen's positive result comes amid an apparent outbreak in the health department involving 11 employees, the county said. All staff who work in the county's health department headquarters on Ajo Way in the Tucson-area are being offered testing, and staff will work remotely while the building is sanitized.

“This just goes to prove that when there is substantial community spread of the virus like we’re experiencing now throughout the County, the virus can get into your homes and places of work any number of ways no matter how vigilant you are being with your precautions,” County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francisco Garcia said in a news release.

Last week, the county says several dozen protesters -- most of whom were not wearing masks -- entered the building and had close contact with security and other staff members.

Data from the Pima County Health Department shows more than 8,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Pima County in the last seven days. The county says about 7,000 of its employees have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.