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79 diagnosed CV-19 cases in Arizona; 8 in Pima County

Navajo community quarantined, first cases in Cochise, Santa Cruz & Yuma counties

Seventy-nine Arizonans have now tested positive for COVID-19 as the pandemic continues Friday. Eight Pima County residents have been diagnosed, and the first cases have been found in Santa Cruz and Cochise counties.

A new case was confirmed in Pima County on Friday morning, bringing the total here to 8. Officials said the new case is a woman in her 60s who is isolating and is not in the hospital.

Cochise County reported its first positive test result on Friday afternoon.

Confirming that an adult female had been diagnosed with COVID-19, Cochise Health & Social Services officials said that "following domestic travel, she is self-isolating, managing her symptoms at home and is recovering from the illness."

A case was also diagnosed in Santa Cruz County, and one in Yuma County was announced Friday, the first in each county.

Another 14 patients live on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona, and have not been included in the daily tallies released by the Arizona Department of Health Services. A small community on the reservation has been placed under quarantine, deemed a "hot spot" in the outbreak.

Two COVD-19 patients who had been hospitalized in Tucson have been released, Pima County Health Department officials said. They would not provide details on which of the earlier patients were cleared to leave the hospital.

No deaths have yet been reported in Arizona.

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Navajo officials said the majority of the cases on the reservation, which extends across state lines into New Mexico, Utah and Colorado, involve patients who reported their symptoms to the clinic in Kayenta, Ariz., with others treated in Chinle, Ariz., and Shiprock, N.M.

The Diné community of Chilchinbeto, Ariz., just south of Kayenta, has been quarantined after at least 7 cases were diagnosed there, Navajo officials said. Residents have been instructed to self-quarantine, with anyone with symptoms told to self-isolate.

The number of known cases grew overnight, up from 44, as more tests are being run after weeks of limited access. There are now 63 total cases diagnosed in the state, with officials expecting many more to be found.

Just 343 people have been tested by the Arizona Public Health Laboratory, while private labs coming online are not reporting the total number of tests to state officials. Thursday, the state lab reported having tested 331 since the beginning of the outbreak. Prior to Tuesday, the state lab had tested 221 patients suspected of carrying the virus. The state lab has now ruled out 221 people with negative tests.

Statewide, there have been 44 positive results, with 101 pending tests at the state lab, as of Tuesday morning.

Sunday, just 183 people had been tested, with 12 positive cases and 50 pending tests.

One of the Pima County cases is a patient at the Tucson VA hospital, who was diagnosed on March 14 and is still be treated in isolation by the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.

Each of the Pima County patients has been older than 50, with no link identified between them, officials said.

Friday's case is:

  • A female in her 60s who is isolating and not hospitalized

The two local cases announced Thursday were:

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  • A female in her 50s who is hospitalized
  • A male in his 50s who is isolating and not hospitalized

The earlier cases were:

  • A male in his 80s who has recovered
  • A male in his 50s who is hospitalized
  • A male in his 70s who is hospitalized
  • A male in his 60s who is hospitalized
  • A female in her 60s who is isolating and not hospitalized
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