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COVID-19 - This Week in Review
Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) supported Pinal County with its case investigation/response/announcement of 3 cases of COVID-19.
Community spread of COVID-19 was confirmed in Maricopa County on March 6.
Recommendation to preserve healthcare workforce: MCDPH recommended fever and symptom screening of all healthcare workers and EMS, allowing them to return to work regardless of COVID-19 exposure, as long as they remain symptom free.
MCDPH announced our 3rd case March 11 and conducted subsequent contact investigation. This person is in stable condition and is recovering in a local hospital. See the update here.
Commercial laboratory testing through LabCorp became available the week of March 2 and Sonora Quest on March 11. Lab testing guidance is available on the Maricopa.gov/coronavirus website. Healthcare Providers do not need Public Health approval to order commercial testing.
Providers DO need to call for approval to have suspected COVID-19 patients tested at theArizona State Public Health Lab who meet the Persons Under Investigation criteria. Providers DO NOT need to call for approval to have suspected COVID-19 patients tested ata commercial lab.