11:45 a.m. update: Tuesday's positive test for coronavirus in Lake Havasu City was revealed by a private lab from a test kit sample provided by the Havasu Covid-19 Task Force.
The informal group of local healthcare providers began collecting samples from Lake Havasu City residents last week. The group said in a Facebook post that its criteria for administering a test is that patients must be Havasu residents who are showing symptoms known to be associated with coronavirus. The group says it does not want to skew local data by testing tourists and visitors who don't reside in Lake Havasu City.
The task force says it will not reveal details about the test or the positive patient to ensure other future patients that their anonymity will be protected.
Earlier: A person in Lake Havasu City has tested positive for coronavirus, the Today's News-Herald has learned.
It's the first positive case for Mohave County. The Mohave County Public Health Department is not revealing the person's gender or age. The patient is an adult who is not hospitalized and is recovering at home, according to a press release from the county.
Additional information could be released in a possible press conference on Wednesday, said county public information officer Roger Galloway.
“With new cases increasing daily around the country and throughout Arizona, it is not surprising to see our first case here in Mohave County,” said Denise Burley, Mohave County public health director, in the news release sent at 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Burley said when a positive result is received, county health department staff will interview the person's close contacts and recommend that each person self-monitors for symptoms and quarantine themselves for 14 days, based on the risk of exposure.
Havasu Mayor Cal Sheehy said the confirmation of a positive case will mean the governor's executive order last week will apply to Mohave County. That order requires bars and restaurants, indoor gyms and fitness clubs to close, Sheehy said. Restaurants may continue to serve the public through pick-up, delivery and drive through options, he said.
Coronavirus is believed to be spread mostly through respiratory droplets produced when a sick person coughs or sneezes. Signs and symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. According to the county health department, the best way to prevent coronavirus and other respiratory diseases is to:
Avoid close contact with sick individuals
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue, then throw the tissue away immediately
Clean and disinfect surfaces and frequently used or touched objects, with disinfectant sprays or wipes
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or singing happy birthday twice). Use alcohol based hand sanitizers if water and soap are not available
Practice social distancing (approximately six feet or more between and among individuals.