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Coconino County reports first case of coronavirus, state total now at 28

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Posted at 5:38 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 20:43:29-04

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — Coconino County has confirmed its first presumptive positive case of coronavirus as numbers in our state continue to grow this week.

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In a Wednesday night press release, county spokesman Matthew Rudig said the person diagnosed is from the greater Flagstaff area and is over 60 years old.

The Coconino County Health and Human Services department is monitoring the person, who is currently under home isolation. They are also investigating the case to determine if any other individuals could have been exposed to the virus.

Rudig said the county's testing is conducted at the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory and in partnership with TGen North Clinical Laboratory.

“The CCHHS Communicable Disease team is determining potential exposures from this case,” said County COVID-19 Incident Commander Dr. Marie Peoples. “As the illness spreads in the U.S., the County has been educating people about prevention and working with health care providers and community partners to monitor and test potential cases. We encourage everyone to take actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness.”

Flagstaff was the first city in our state to declare a state of emergency due to the spread of coronavirus.

Coconino is the first county in Arizona to have started mobile testing, with two stations in Flagstaff.