The Gila County Public Health Department has confirmed its first positive case of COVID-19 in the county.

A Payson woman in her 40s tested positive last week. The case appears to be travel-related and there is no evidence of community spread, officials said in a press release.

The threat to the community appears to be low, as the woman has predominantly self-isolated since the beginning of symptoms, officials say. Local public health disease investigators are investigating the case and close contacts.

The best way to prevent COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases is to:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• 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.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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Michael Alexander

Has anyone asked where this woman traveled to, or how long she's been back in the Rim Country. Seems that the answers to both those questions would help the public make more well-informed decisions.

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