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VIDEO: Governor Doug Ducey, health officials give update on coronavirus in Arizona

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Posted at 6:27 AM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 12:23:15-05

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona health officials gave a public update Monday about coronavirus in the state.

Gov. Ducey spoke alongside the Director of Arizona Department of Health Services Dr. Cara Christ, Director of the Division of Emergency Management Wendy Smith-Reeve, and Director of AHCCCS Jami Snyder.

The Arizona Department of Health Services says they've tested 26 people for the virus so far across the state, including the one person that tested positive.

Ducey says the state is communicating with the CDC and developing guidance for partners and state agencies as they continue to test for the coronavirus.

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A Pima county health official also said last week that their health department "checked" 79 people for the virus so far, but it's unclear if actual testing was done.

To help prevent people from catching or spreading coronavirus (also known at COVID-19), the CDC recommends people follow similar procedures to how to avoid other viruses, such as the flu. Among the agency's recommendations are the staples of regular hand washing (at least 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer) and avoiding touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.