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On the website maricopa.gov/5460/Novel-Coronavirus, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health gives the following regarding COVID-19:

What is the coronavirus disease 2019?

• Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 (previously known as 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV), is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

• It is part of a larger family of viruses called coronavirus, some of which are in circulation normally and can cause illnesses like the common cold. See the “About the Virus” section of this FAQ for more about this family of viruses.

• You can learn more about coronavirus disease 2019 at cdc.gov.

Has anyone in the United States been infected?

• Yes. Monitoring and testing are ongoing across the United States. A current case count table is available on cdc.gov.

• On Jan. 26, Maricopa County announced its first confirmed case of COVID-19. 

• The patient is a member of the Arizona State University community who does not live in university housing. There has been no classroom exposure associated with the case.

• The person had very mild illness and was released from isolation in February 2020 after multiple negative tests from CDC. There is no risk of COVID-19 to the community from this individual.

• This is a rapidly evolving situation.

• Please visit the Maricopa County Department of Public Health website for the most up-to-date and accurate information about what is going on in Maricopa County: Maricopa.gov/coronavirus

• Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information nationally.

Am I at risk for COVID-19 infection in the United States?

• Currently, risk to the public in Maricopa County is extremely low.

• This is a rapidly-evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily.

• Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date national information.

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

• If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from China, you should call ahead to a healthcare provider and mention your recent travel.  Public health will work with your healthcare provider to get you tested if recommended.

• Individuals who are being monitored by public health will be given specific recommendations to seek care for testing for COVID-19, if needed.

How can I protect myself?

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

What if I recently traveled to Wuhan City and/or Hubei Province and/or China and got sick?

• If you were in China and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within 14 days after you left China, you should contact a healthcare provider.

• Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.

• Cover your nose and mouth with a mask BEFORE you enter the healthcare facility for medical evaluation.

• Avoid contact with others while sick.

• Do not travel while sick.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.