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27 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported at Tucson nursing facility

A Tucson nursing home and rehab center has reported 27 confirmed coronavirus cases among its staff and patients. Sapphire of Tucson, on the South Side, announced the test results Monday morning.

The facility, just south of Banner UMC South — the former Kino Hospital — has 24 residents and 3 staffers who tested positive for the virus, company representatives said.

"As soon as the first patient showed symptoms, we were immediately in touch with the Pima County Department of Health," the company said in a news release.

"The source of the infection is unclear and remains under investigation," the company said.

There are 187 reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients in Pima County, among 1,157 in Arizona. 6 have died here, among 20 deaths across the state.

"We continue to collaborate closely with Arizona Department of Health Services and county health officials. We are also in contact multiple times a day with additional health experts in Tucson, ensuring we are taking every possible step to provide the appropriate care to all our residents," said representatives for Sapphire, a 240-bed facility near East Ajo Way and South Country Club Road.

Visits to the facility are being restricted for the next two weeks.

"Members of our staff are also complying with guidelines for infection prevention and control. We have instructed any staff member who believes they may have been exposed to the virus, or are developing symptoms of respiratory infection, to leave work and self-isolate at home," the company said.

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The latest death of a Pima County resident was announced Sunday. County health authorities would only disclose that the patient as "a male between the ages of 41 and 65 with underlying conditions that made him at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19."

Another Pima death was announced Saturday. "To protect the privacy of the deceased and his family," officials would only say the fatal confirmed case was a man who was "a hospice patient between the age of 18 and 40."

Another 238 cases were added to the total count of reported diagnosed patients with CV-19 in the state, officials said Monday morning.

Sunday, 919 cases had been reported, with 147 in Pima County.

Of those reported by Sunday night, 89 are men and 98 women, with 40 older than 65. 79 are ages 41-65, with 62 adults between the ages of 18 and 40. 1 is younger than 18.

Officials said they didn't know the ages of 5 of the Pima cases.

Last Wednesday morning, Pima officials removed the number of people hospitalized and in ICU from their online dashboard.

A majority of patients with reported positive tests in Pima and Maricopa counties are under retirement age, with fewer than 22 percent here older than 65, and 32 percent in Maricopa over age 60. The counties are not using the same age ranges when releasing data, so direct comparisons are not possible.

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