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(NEWS RELEASE STRAIGHT FROM THE CITY OF SHOW LOW)

SUMMIT HEALTHCARE ANNOUNCES CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19

Patient transitioned to facility in Phoenix

SHOW LOW, Ariz. (April 1, 2020) – The city received a press release today from Navajo County confirming that Summit Healthcare has diagnosed a resident of Navajo County with COVID-19, and the patient has transitioned to a facility in Phoenix. We were also notified that public health officials will contact any individuals who have been identified as having been exposed through this case. For those who have not been contacted by public health officials, the risk of exposure to this case is extremely limited. Any individuals with risk of exposure will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms in collaboration with Navajo County Public Health and medical providers.

The cases of COVID-19 are widespread in Navajo County, so all residents should take precautions, practice social distancing, and work from home, if possible.  Parents are urged to keep their children at home. If everyone takes personal responsibility for their own safety and their family’s safety, the spread of the virus will be slowed, and businesses and daily activities will soon be able to return to normal.

“To help slow the spread of this virus, it’s important that all our community members follow the Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order to ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected,’” said Daryl Seymore, Mayor of the City of Show Low. “We encourage everyone to follow social distancing guidelines and shelter in place as much as possible. In addition to social distancing, any gatherings of 10 or more people should be postponed or canceled. There will be times when it is necessary to leave home for essential items, such as to buy groceries or pick up medications, but precautions should be taken in our homes or whenever we have to leave our homes.”

We encourage everyone to routinely check the COVID-19 Navajo County dashboard at http://navajocountyaz.gov/coronavirus for the most recent information.

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.

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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you have even mild symptoms or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Also, if you or your children feel sick, stay at home and contact your healthcare provider. If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home. Please call your healthcare provider/facility to get instructions before going in.