FLORENCE — Pinal County health officials have responded to 17 reports of persons who traveled recently to China, but no one had symptoms or potential symptoms of the coronavirus.
The solitary case of coronavirus in Arizona came within Maricopa County in late January. There has not been a single case within Pinal County and the threat within the county remains extremely low, health officials say.
As of Friday, the viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 83,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.
In a visit to Pinal County this week, Gov. Doug Ducey moved to reassure the community regarding the threat of coronavirus, stressing that Arizona has no active cases but that the situation is being constantly monitored.
Speaking at the Pinal Partnership breakfast in Eloy in response to a question from Board of Supervisors Chairman Anthony Smith, Ducey stated, “I was in Washington, D.C., 10 days ago and all governors were given a briefing from Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, and the concern for the coronavirus in the United States remains low at this time.
“We are tracking it closely, all state health departments report in to the federal government every morning and I am briefed every day. There has been one confirmed case in Arizona, they are now negative. If there is a change, you will know about it immediately with full transparency.”
Since the initial coronavirus outbreak in early January, Pinal County Health Department officials have been working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services to ensure that coordinated response plans are in place, the department said.