Two people in Pinal County with COVID-19 have died. Both suffered from underlying health conditions, officials said.
"Pinal County Public Health Department is saddened to report two deaths in the county as a result of COVID-19. These are the first deaths resulting from the virus in Pinal County," according to a release.
"Both patients suffered from underlying health conditions. The first was a male in his 70s, the second a male in his 80s. The county expresses its deepest sympathies to family and friends of both individuals," the release states.
Pinal County's current case count related to COVID-19 can be viewed on the county website at pinalcountyaz.gov/coronavirus.
COVID-19 is widespread throughout all of Pinal County. Recent evidence shows that people can transmit COVID-19 even when they do not have symptoms and that testing only shows a fraction of active COVID-19 cases in Pinal County.
"With the testing that has been conducted, we can confirm that COVID-19 has spread throughout all areas of Pinal County. Any Pinal County resident who is not practicing preventative measures increases their chance of getting and spreading COVID-19," the release states.
The measures Arizonans have been taking appear to be working. Continuing these measures and our commitment to taking personal responsibility is essential to keeping ourselves and others safe, the release states. These preventative measures include:
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 that contains at least 60% alcohol.
It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Respect Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected,” and stay home as much as possible, the relese states.
Limit your physical interactions and if you do go into public areas, stay 6 feet away from others. Stay home when you are sick.
Wear a cloth face covering to cover your nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms.
A video from U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, showing how you can quickly and easily make your own cloth face covering is here.