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Health officials not giving much information on 2nd possible coronavirus case in Arizona

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Posted at 7:38 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 09:34:01-05

Arizona’s "presumptive positive" case is connected to a "presumptive positive" case out of Florida, ABC15 confirms.

However, health officials have not said where these individuals came in contact with each other.

On Tuesday, Maricopa County health officials confirmed a man in his 20s tested "presumptive positive."

A "presumptive positive" case of COVID-19 is defined by the CDC as a case that has tested positive by local agencies but has not yet been confirmed by the CDC.

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  • The case is in Maricopa County
  • Officials describe the individual as a man in his twenties
  • In an email sent to ABC15, it confirms from Honor Health CEO that the positive test was at its Scottsdale location
  • Contact occurred outside Arizona
  • The man is in self-isolation

ABC15 spoke with Arizona Department of Health Services Director, Dr. Cara Christ, on camera on Wednesday about the most recent case, but she did not have details about the latest case.

We asked her what city does the man live in, "I don't know, oh goodness, it is Maricopa County," Dr. Christ said, "I don't know the specifics, my team does."

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ABC15 has not been given information about this "presumptive positive" case except the connection to Florida's "presumptive positive" case.

It is unclear where the two crossed paths.

"I don't know if they'd traveled to Florida, if they had gone on a trip, but we can find out some more information," Dr. Christ said.

As of Wednesday night, that information was still not given.

It is also unclear when this person entered Arizona, how they returned to Arizona, or if this person came in contact with anyone here.


Health officials released information at the end of January about the first positive case in Arizona of coronavirus.

Officials released where the person traveled, the city they lived in, and that they were within the ASU community.

As of Monday, 250 people were being monitored in the state of Arizona for coronavirus.

"I've been kind of busy being the face," said Dr. Christ, "I have a whole team of individuals who know the details who are working in very close contact with Maricopa County."

ABC15 did not get an email response from Maricopa County health officials except that the contact occurred outside Arizona.