WHAT IS COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. COVID-19 was first detected in China and has spread to other countries, including the United States.
The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020 and was identified in Washington state. The patient had recently returned from China. The first U.S. death from COVID-19 also occurred in Washington state, on February 29, 2020. You can find more information on the total number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths on the CDC website.
On January 30, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic.
KNOW HOW IT SPREADS
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
WEAR A FACEMASK
- CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
- The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
CLEAN YOUR HANDS OFTEN
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
AVOID CLOSE CONTACT
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
STAY HOME IF YOU’RE SICK
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
CLEAN AND DISINFECT SURFACES
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter-tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Do not consume disinfectants.
WATCH FOR SYMPTOMS
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
The COVID-19 Moderna and Pfizer vaccine will be distributed in phases. Click HERE to learn more about the phases of distribution and when you can expect to be vaccinated.
ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES
COVID-19 HOTLINE: 2-1-1 ARIZONA
Governor Ducey announced a new statewide hotline that will provide answers for coronavirus concerns in both English and Spanish. The hotline is administered by 2-1-1 Arizona and the Crisis Response Network and will offer a place to answer questions and concerns from Arizona residents about COVID-19. The line will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day of the week and can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 while an individual is located in Arizona. More information can also be found at HERE.
Visit Pima County Health Department for updates and resources
To find a testing center near you, go HERE
FOR PIMA PARENTS
- Go HERE for school information and meal resources
- For TUSD updates, go HERE
- For TUSD Grab-And-Go Mobilized Meals, go HERE
- Arizona School Boards Association
Visit Cochise County Health Department for updates and resources
Click the links below to go directly to the websites of Cochise County’s cities and towns, as well as Fort Huachuca, to find out more about the local response to COVID-19
- City of Sierra Vista
- City of Bisbee
- City of Douglas
- City of Benson
- City of Wilcox
- City of Tombstone
- Town of Huachuca City
- Fort Huachuca
COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCES
- APPLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT
- CONNECT TUCSON
- LOCAL FIRST ARIZONA
- TUCSON METRO CHAMBER
- If you are a small business owner or employee visit the Tucson Metro Chamber or US Chamber of Commerce or U.S. Small Business (disaster loans) for the latest information.
- NON PROFIT SUPPORT
- PIMA COUNTY FOOD BANKS
- COCHISE COUNTY FOOD BANKS