McKinley County confirms first coronavirus case
McKinley County has its first confirmed COVID-19 case.
According to a source familiar with the case, Emergency Management Coordinator Adam Berry at McKinley County, in an email, confirmed that the county had its first positive case.
McKinley County Manager Anthony Dimas Jr. said the New Mexico Department of Health notified the county and only said the person was a “male in (his) thirties.” Dimas said because of HIPAA laws, no other information was provided.
On late Thursday night, the Office of the President and Vice President relayed a statement that 11 more Navajo citizens tested positive, bringing the total to 14. The Navajo Health Command Operations Center issued a Public Health Emergency Order for Chilchinbeto, Arizona, which had the most cases. Reportedly, community members are prevented from leaving or entering, and non-community members are prevented from entering.
The public health emergency order requires residents to remain in their homes. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez stated in a news release he may apply the order to the entire Navajo Nation if the virus outbreak becomes more widespread.
Dimas said he asked NMDOH for more information about the man, so that the county could better prepare for a possible outbreak.Â
“We just don’t know,” he said.
According to the NMDOH, 3,814 citizens were tested and out of that, 43 tested positive. In Arizona, 343 citizens were tested, with 44 testing positive.