ARIZONA NEWS

Woman in 40s becomes Arizona’s 3rd patient diagnosed with coronavirus

Mar 6, 2020, 9:18 AM | Updated: Mar 9, 2020, 12:40 pm

PHOENIX – A third person in Arizona, a health care worker, has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus, state health officials said Friday.

The case is being treated as the state’s first spread through the community rather than from contact with a known source.

“We have not been able to link this patient back to one of our current cases or any history of travel,” Dr. Cara Christ, Arizona Department of Health Services director, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

The patient, a woman in her 40s, is hospitalized in stable condition in Maricopa County, authorities said. She works in Maricopa County and lives in Pinal County.

Officials declined to be more specific about details in order to protect the patient’s identity.

Investigators have been in touch with her close contacts to alert them about the diagnosis and monitor their conditions.

“This individual did not expose very many people at all because she was vigilant about staying home when she was sick,” Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, Maricopa County Department of Public Health director, said during a press conference.

The woman was diagnosed by a state lab, which makes it a presumptive positive case until confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.

The state has one other presumptive positive case that was revealed this week, plus a confirmed case from last month.

The first case was a member of the Arizona State University community who has fully recovered.

The second, which was announced Tuesday, was a man in his 20s who is recovering at home in Maricopa County. He recently traveled with a person who later had a presumptive positive test in Florida, officials said.

The state was certified to begin conducting its own testing on Monday. Previously, tests had to be sent to the CDC, resulting in a slower diagnosis process.

As of Friday morning, 51 people in Arizona had been tested for the virus. In addition to the three positives, 33 people had been cleared and 15 results were pending.

The ADHS is providing test result updates online each morning.

COVID-19 has infected more than 100,000 people worldwide, killing more than 3,000, since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China.

The virus has killed more than a dozen people in the U.S. and infected more than 200.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Peter Samore and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

KTAR News 92.3 FM will air a two-hour live “20/20” special from ABC at 7-9 p.m. Friday: “Outbreak: What you Need to Know.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook photo/Cesar Chavez High School)...
KTAR.com

15-year-old boy arrested in shooting after gun sale gone wrong at Phoenix high school

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday in the shooting of a 16-year-old boy following a gun sale gone wrong at Cesar Chavez High School in Phoenix, police said.
15 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Union High School District)...
Jim Sharpe

How about actual ‘safe spaces’ for Phoenix Union students?

Following a Monday shooting at Cesar Chavez High School, KTAR News host Jim Sharpe asks if school resource officers should have a renewed presence at Phoenix Union High School District.
15 hours ago
Adele cheers on the Phoenix Suns during the NBA Finals at Footprint Center on July 17, 2021. (Photo...
Kevin Stone

2022 Vegas residency brings Adele within driving distance of Phoenix fans

Adele has no plans to tour on the heels of her latest smash album, but the reigning queen of musical heartbreak is going easy on Valley daydreamers willing to make the trip to Las Vegas.
15 hours ago
(Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Arizona Lottery hits jackpot with $1.4B in ticket sales; winners get back $978M

Arizona cashed in on the lottery in a big way with a record $1.4 billion in ticket sales for fiscal year 2021, the state agency said Monday.
15 hours ago
A man wears a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19, now mandatory in Britain in shops, shopping...
KTAR.com

Arizona COVID-19 hospitalizations higher than a year ago

On the final day of November, Arizona health officials reported nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases and more patients hospitalized for the virus than a year earlier.
15 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Tucson Police Department)...
Associated Press

Arizona officer investigated after pinning women to ground in video

An off-duty Tucson police officer who was seen on video pinning a woman and her grown daughter to the ground in a parking lot two weeks ago faces administrative and criminal investigations, authorities said.
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
ENVOQUE MD

Thyroid issues: Here are the warning signs and what to do

In a 100-person office in the United States, an estimated 12 co-workers, employees and loved ones, will likely develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. That’s because, according to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12% of the U.S. population will experience thyroid issues.
...
DISC DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

What you need to know about spine health

With 540 million people suffering from lower back pain, it remains the leading cause of long-term disability. That’s why World Spine Day on Oct. 16 will raise awareness about spinal health with its theme, BACK2BACK. “BACK2BACK will focus on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading […]
...
PNC Bank

How one organization supports early childhood literacy for the most vulnerable

Nearly two out of every three children in low-income communities don’t own a single children’s book, a fact that ultimately could have profound impacts even before entering kindergarten, according to Arizona nonprofit Southwest Human Development.
Woman in 40s becomes Arizona’s 3rd patient diagnosed with coronavirus