Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS), in collaboration with state and federal health officials, is closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, COVID-19. CCHHS continues to work with our local partners to ensure our communities are prepared in this situation.
The immediate risk of COVID-19 infection to people in the United States is believed to be relatively low for individuals who have not traveled to China or have not been in close contact with someone who is under evaluation for COVID-19 infection. However, it’s important to note that current global circumstances suggest it is likely that this virus will continue to spread. As community spread is detected in more and more countries, the need for local preparedness is emphasized.
CCHHS has activated the Coconino County COVID-19 Incident Command Team. This is a collaborative CCHHS team between Epidemiology, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Communicable Disease Prevention, Finance and Public Information, under leadership guidance. The objectives of the team are: 1. Protect the public and prevent spread of COVID-19 using Public Health surveillance, interventions, and epidemiological investigations 2. Provide information to the public, media, providers, healthcare partners and staff to increase public awareness and protect the public
What the public can do to prevent illness Although the immediate risk of this new virus in the United States is believed to be low at this time, everyone can take actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.