George Courtney

George Courtney is a former assistant coach for the FHS varsity boys basketball team.

CASA GRANDE — It hasn’t been the easiest couple of days for George Courtney after testing positive for COVID-19.

Courtney, 34, experienced many symptoms in the past week, and in an interview via text message, he told PinalCentral that he first realized something was wrong after he started feeling very fatigued, and then the symptoms got worse.

“Here are the things I’ve experienced in the 10 days,” Courtney said via text message because he has a hard time talking from coughing a lot. “Body aches, chills, dry cough, trouble breathing, pneumonia and loss of appetite.”

Courtney was the boys basketball coach at Sequoia Pathway charter school in Maricopa. He was also junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant at Casa Grande Union, which followed stops at Florence and Santa Cruz Valley.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, which includes fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For others, it can cause more severe illness that includes pneumonia and death.

Some people may also be infected with COVID-19 without experiencing any symptoms.

Courntey went to the doctor to get tested and admitted he was slightly terrified because of his symptoms and the viral test.

“[I was] in shock and scared,” Courtney said. “The symptoms, I’ve never experienced anything like it.”

In the traditional COVID-19 test, a long Q-tip like instrument is shoved up the person’s nose to check samples of the respiratory system.

However, Courtney went through a slightly different version of the test, which he said was painless.

“The version I had was small Q-tips, which just swabbed in the nostrils,” he said. “[It was] not as deep.”

Coronavirus data from John Hopkins University shows Arizona with a steady increase in positive tests since the middle of may, with the positivity rate now about 25%. That gives Arizona the highest per capita positivity rate in the nation.

Courtney is unsure of where he came into contact with the virus. Before he started experiencing symptoms, Courtney was traveling to Tucson and Phoenix to scout basketball events to help student athletes get college scholarship opportunities.

While he is still worried about the possibility of relapsing, Courtney is in good spirits and enjoying his isolation time at home.

“It’s good,” he said. “I’m using it as a time to recover and relax.”

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