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Northern Arizona Health Officials Spreading The Word On Coronavirus

Health officials in Northern Arizona are getting the word out about the Coronavirus. There have been deaths in the United States tied to the virus, with two cases, one presumptive, in Arizona. Coconino County epidemiologist Matthew Maurer says even though there are no cases in Coconino County, they are taking the same stance as the CDC. It’s not if, it’s when, we start to see cases. “We haven’t had a case yet in Coconino County, we don’t even have a suspect case.” Maurer added, “right now we are going through all of the preparations to get the community involved and get that community resilience together in case we do see widespread transmission of coronavirus.” Local health officials gathered at the High Country Conference Center Tuesday to discuss the new virus and what steps Northern Arizona University is taking to get ahead of any cases that could break out. Flagstaff Unified School District officials released a statement Tuesday saying they too are working with local health officials on a plan in case the virus starts popping up in Flagstaff. Health officials remind the public to prepare just like you would for flu season. Wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face, cover your cough and if you are sick, stay home.