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New case of coronavirus in Pinal County, Arizona believed to be 'community spread'; two more cases related

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Posted at 9:03 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 20:35:39-05

PHOENIX — A Pinal County woman announced Friday as a new presumptive positive coronavirus patient was believed to be the first case that was "community spread," and now two others in her household have also been diagnosed.

County health officials confirmed a second presumptive positive case in the state Friday, identifying the patient as a female healthcare worker in her 40s from Pinal County. Heads of the heath departments for Maricopa and Pinal counties did not identify where the woman works. She is currently hospitalized in stable condition in Maricopa County.

Watch a Friday afternoon press conference with Maricopa and Pinal County officials below.

Pinal County health officials said the woman is not a known contact of any confirmed coronavirus patients and has not traveled to any areas where coronavirus is spreading widely. This has prompted county agencies to treat the case as the first instance of "community spread" in our state.

“Community spread refers to the spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. Just like during flu season, if you get symptoms, you need to stay home and take care of yourself,” said Dr. Shauna McIsaac, director of Pinal County Public Health Department.

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On Saturday morning, health officials said two people from the same household were also diagnosed with coronavirus and were added to the list of "presumptive positive" cases.

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As of Saturday morning, a total of 56 individuals had been tested for coronavirus in Arizona. Forty-four people have been ruled out. Officials say they are also monitoring 256 recent travelers in Arizona.

Earlier this week, three Scottsdale firefighters and a two-person ambulance crew were put under isolation protocol after treating a patient that later tested positive for the coronavirus.

A coronavirus case is considered presumptive positive when a local lab tests positive, but the CDC has not yet verified the positive test.

State health officials also held a Friday press conference addressing the newest case. Watch in the player below.