FLORENCE — The Pinal County Health Department reported two deaths Wednesday in the county as a result of COVID-19 virus.
These are the first deaths resulting from the virus in Pinal County.
County health officials said both patients suffered from underlying health conditions. The first was a man in his 70s, the second a man in his 80s.
On Wednesday health officials reported there were 124 confirmed cases in the county. Statewide there were 2,726 cases reported, with 80 deaths.
COVID-19 is widespread throughout all of Pinal County. Recent evidence shows that people can transmit COVID-19 even when they do not have symptoms and that testing has shown only a fraction of active COVID-19 cases in Pinal County.
"With the testing that has been conducted, we can confirm that COVID-19 has spread throughout all areas of Pinal County," the health department said in a statement. "Any Pinal County resident who is not practicing preventative measures increases their chance of getting and spreading COVID-19."
County health officials said the measures Arizonans have been taking appear to be working.
"Continuing these measures and our commitment to taking personal responsibility is essential to keeping ourselves and others safe," the statement said.
These preventative measures include:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Respect Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order, “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected,” and stay home as much as possible.
Limit your physical interactions and if you do go into public areas, stay 6 feet away from others. Stay home when you are sick.
Wear a cloth face mask over your nose and mouth in community settings. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms. Below is a video from U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, showing how you can quickly and easily make your own cloth face covering.