The Arizona Department of Health Services has updated the community transmission level of COVID-19 in the state to widespread as the number of cases rises above 500.
Widespread transmission indicates that cases have been confirmed in 12 or more counties throughout the state. As of Thursday, March 26, Arizona has confirmed 508 cases in 13 counties. There have been 8 deaths reported due to COVID-19.
“Given widespread transmission, all Arizonans should expect that COVID-19 is circulating in their community,” stated Dr. Cara Christ, ADHS Director. “COVID-19 is a serious disease that is highly contagious and can be fatal in anyone, especially our elderly population and people with underlying health conditions. Protecting those at highest risk of complications and ensuring that our healthcare system is prepared to deal with a surge in cases is our highest priority. It is imperative that everyone takes precautions to protect themselves and their family from this disease.”
The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to officials:
COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. For people with mild illness, individuals are asked to stay home, drink plenty of fluids, and get rest. For people with more severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, individuals are advised to seek healthcare.
The AZDHS activated its Health Emergency Operations Center on January 27th after the first case of travel-associated COVID-19 was confirmed in Arizona. The Health Emergency Operations Center remains open to coordinate the State’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information about the COVID-19 response in Arizona, go online to azhealth.gov/COVID19.