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  • Don’t panic: Keep informed about coronavirus

    The outbreak of the coronavirus has generated plenty of questions, concerns and rapidly changing news -- not all of it accurate.

    Whether you are searching for details about testing, prevention or the local response, Pima County has the latest official information available on various platforms to help you separate fact from fiction. No matter how the news evolves, your starting point remains unchanged: Pima County’s page on COVID-19.

    Other easy ways to access updates are by following the Pima County Health Department on Facebook and Twitter
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    In all those places, you will find weekday daily video updates from Pima County Health Department director Dr. Bob England or other county medical officials. The videos, posted around 10 a.m., are also available on Pima County’s YouTube channel.

    The Arizona Daily Star also hosted a video Q&A with Dr. Francisco Garcia, Pima County's Chief Medical Officer, who takes a deeper dive into useful information and background about COVID-19. You can also ask questions by phoning the state of Arizona's COVID-19 hotline: 844-542-8201.

    Some local events were canceled in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, and England has been touting sensible measures to help protect yourself and those around you.

    “People who are at higher risk and know they are at higher risk may wish to not … put themselves in a place where they may get exposed more frequently, and certainly not visit someone who is sick,” England said. “At the same time, it's on all of us to use common-sense measures to protect older adults and those with chronic illness. If you’re feeling sick, please don’t go visit grandma.”

    Those common-sense best practices to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, are to:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    • Stay home when you are sick. 
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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