Arizona coronavirus cases reach 21 after 2nd reported in Navajo County

Mar 17, 2020, 11:17 AM | Updated: Mar 18, 2020, 8:30 am
covid-19 testing...
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Arizona’s health department reported three new positive tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus on Tuesday, including the first in Navajo County.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez also reported a second case and fourth of the day, although it hasn’t been confirmed by the state.

The state’s outbreak total only increased by three, to 21, because a previously diagnosed test in in the Phoenix area was determined to be negative.

The AZDHS has been providing daily online updates on test results. Tuesday’s report was delayed for several hours after the usual 9 a.m. release because the department needed more time to confirm data.

As with all cases, health officials were working to identify close contacts with the latest patients and making recommendations to prevent further spread.

No details about the patients in Navajo County, which is located in northeastern Arizona, were made available.

Tuesday’s other new cases were both in Maricopa County, a man in his 50s who is in isolation at home and woman in her 60s who is hospitalized.

However, a Phoenix-area man in his 90s who had a presumptive positive test result last week is no longer considered a coronavirus case, the Maricopa County Public Health said.

That puts the metro Phoenix total at nine cases. Pinal County has five, all in one household, Pima County four and Graham County one.

The actual number of tests given and pending in Arizona is unknown, because the totals reported by the state don’t include commercial labs.

The reported positive results, however, include all testing. Eight of the 21 positives came from commercial labs.

The new numbers came as activity across Arizona, and nationwide, was being brought to a halt in response to recommendations by federal health leaders in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 4,226 total COVID-19 cases nationwide and 71 deaths, an increase of 739 cases and three deaths from the previous day.

It’s unclear whether the increase is the result of testing becoming more readily available or the virus is spreading at an increasing rate.

The World Health Organization reported global outbreak totals of more than 167,000 cases and 13,000 deaths on Monday, when for the first time the total number of cases outside of China (86,438) eclipsed the number in China (81,077), the original epicenter of the outbreak.

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...
Danny Shapiro

Arizona Chamber of Commerce president says Super Bowl could bring state up to $2 billion

Danny Seiden, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, projects the state to strongly benefit from the Super Bowl.
12 hours ago
U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, left, wants to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayor...

Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona aims to impeach Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas

U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona plans to unveil articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of border security.
12 hours ago
Beyoncé (Carlijn Jacobs Photo)...

Beyoncé announces Renaissance World Tour with metro Phoenix stop

Get ready for a royal visit, as Queen B herself, Beyoncé, is bringing her 2023 stadium tour to the State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
12 hours ago
Steven Ryan Michael (Peoria Police Department Photo)...

Man arrested after allegedly sexually abusing jogger in Peoria

A Phoenix man was arrested Saturday, accused of sexually abusing a woman who was jogging in Peoria, authorities said.
12 hours ago
Linda Cain (Photo via Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...

Silver Alert issued for woman with cognitive issues missing from Phoenix

A Silver Alert was issued early Wednesday for a missing woman who has cognitive problems, authorities said.
12 hours ago
(KTAR News Photo/Jeremy Schnell)...
Griselda Zetino

Empty seats: Chronic absenteeism spikes in Arizona schools in recent years

Chronic absenteeism is a problem in Arizona. The issue, defined as missing 10% of the school year, skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Arizona coronavirus cases reach 21 after 2nd reported in Navajo County