Globe, AZ – The Gila County Public Health Department has confirmed its first positive case of COVID-19 in Gila County. The case is a Town of Payson resident, female, in her 40’s. The case appears to be travel related; no evidence of community spread at this time. Additionally, the threat to the community appears to be low as patient has predominantly self-isolated since the beginning of symptoms. Local public health disease investigators are currently investigating the case and close contacts.
- COVID-19 is widespread in Arizona with cases now in 14 of the state’s 15 counties.
- The Gila County Call Center is now open M-F 8-5. Call 928-402-8888 for information, resources and guidance.
- The Arizona Poison Control System is also available to answer questions about COVID-19 from Arizona providers (for testing and patient guidance) and the general public (for testing, isolation, and quarantine guidance) at 1-844-542-8201
- COVID-19 Hotline call 2-1-1 from 8 to 8 p.m. each day of the week
- For COVID-19 information en Español, see www.azdhs.gov/COVID-19
Public Health expects additional cases of COVID-19 in Gila County and is advising residents to follow infection prevention guidelines. The best way to prevent COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases is to:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- 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
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Michael O’Driscoll, Director
Gila County Health & Emergency Management