Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

There is currently an outbreak caused by a novel coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

As of 2/21/2020, there has been no community spread of COVID-19 in Maricopa County. Have questions? Call 602-747-7099 to speak to a public health representative or read these FAQs.

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What is the coronavirus disease 2019 (formerly known as 2019 novel coronavirus)? 

Has anyone in the United States been infected?

Am I at risk for COVID-19 infection in the United States?

  • Currently, risk to the public in Maricopa County is extremely low.
  • This is a rapidly-evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily.
  • Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date national information.

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

  • If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from China, you should call ahead to a healthcare provider and mention your recent travel. Public health will work with your healthcare provider to get you tested if recommended.
  • Individuals who are being monitored by public health will be given specific recommendations to seek care for testing for COVID-19, if needed.

How can I protect myself?

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

What if I recently traveled to Wuhan City and/or Hubei Province and/or China and got sick?

  • If you were in China and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within 14 days after you left China, you should contact a healthcare provider.
  • Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a mask BEFORE you arrive to the healthcare facility for medical evaluation.
  • Avoid contact with others while sick.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Still have questions? We have more answers. Read the full FAQ in this PDF.