Coronavirus 19/COVID19 Information



Coronavirus Disease 2019

Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a new human virus that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in 2019.  Because it is new to humans, we do not have “immunity” to protect us from illness.  Unlike most other common coronaviruses that cause common colds and mild illness, this new virus is more likely to cause severe illness in some of the people that are infected.  For more information, you can visit the CDC or AZDHS website.

There are cases across the Navajo Nation, Coconino and Navajo Counties and the state of Arizona. There is now community spread.

The COVID-19 virus is believed to spread from respiratory droplets: what comes out of our mouths and noses when we cough or sneeze.  This spread has been shown to happen more easily if people are closer together than 6 feet.

The best way to prevent illness is to practice “Social Distancing” which helps to avoid being in close contact with sick people or people who may not know that they are sick; washing hands frequently with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) or an alcohol based hand cleaner that has at least 60% alcohol—especially after coughing or sneezing, before eating and after using the bathroom; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and frequently clean household surfaces with a 10% bleach solution (add 1 cup bleach to 9 cups of water) or disinfecting wipes.

Social Distancing” means staying 6 feet away from others when and wherever possible, staying home and away from others when you are sick and covering all coughs, sneezes, nose-blowing with a tissue or mask (and washing hands afterwards).

Guidelines

AVOID or POSTPONE

  • Group gatherings of all kinds including church and ceremonies
  • Avoid crowded stores
  • Avoid movie theaters
  • Avoid restaurants
  • Avoid non-essential travel

USE EXTRA CAUTION (wash hands well after any of these activities):

  • Visiting a grocery store: Maintain 6 feet of distance from other shoppers and send family members who are not sick
  • Picking up “Take Out” food
  • Playgrounds or Parks
  • Essential travel: Food, water pick-up, urgent doctor’s appointment

NO RESTRICTIONS

  • Going for a hike with one or two companions-keep distance. Riding horses. Running
  • Doing work in your yard
  • Herding sheep or goats
  • Family Game nights

Symptoms of COVID 19

Most individuals will have mild illness that can appear between 2 and 14 days after being in contact with an infected person.  The symptoms can be a fever (temperature of 100 F or greater) with cough and shortness of breath.  Some people will have diarrhea early on.
Most areas in the country, including Tuba City, do not have enough of the COVID-19 tests to test all that are ill.  We must save the tests for people who need to be in the hospital until we have more tests. If you have the symptoms of COVID-19 or were tested positive for the virus, you should stay home in isolation and stay away from others until:

  • You have no fever for at least 72 hours without taking any fever-reducing medicine, AND
  • Other symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath have improved, AND
  • Its been at least 7 days for a positive test for those few that have been tested

A smaller number of people can get severely ill. If you or your family member has the following warning signs, you should get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble getting enough air into your lungs
  • Chest pain
  • Change in level of alertness
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Rapid breathing

For questions, you may call the Arizona COVID-19 hotline 1-844-542-8201 or the TCRHCC Hotline 1-866-976-5941.

Hotline Numbers

  • Arizona Department of Health Services Hotline: 1-844-542-8201
  • Tuba City Regional Health Care Hotline: 1-866-976-5941
  • Navajo Nation Hotline: Dial 211

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