UPDATE: Navajo County Public Health Services District Directo Jeff Lee clarifies on the definition of "presumptive" postive:
"Presumptive positive refers to the test, not the diagnoses. Whether the test is run at a presumptive or confirmed test location, public health acts on the diagnoses to help protect the health and safety of the individual. In fact, starting today any test run by the ADHS State Lab or CDC will not have the presumptive tag, both labs are approved for confirmatory testing. Any positive test from a private lab will be presumptive until confirmed by ADHS or CDC."
"The information that we release [to the public] is a balance of informing the public and protecting the privacy of the individual, organization, and or jurisdiction. We understand the communities concern, and hope that they appreciate the careful measures we take to keep the privacy of the individual(s) a top priority as well as keeping our community informed. Any individuals who have been identified as having been exposed will be contacted directly by public health, the investigation and notifications of close contacts begins prior us receiving test results. If you have not been contacted by public health officials, your risk of exposure is extremely limited."
NAVAJO COUNTY — A press release issued this morning from the Navajo County Public Health Services District states that an individual in Navajo County "has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus."
The release goes on to state: "The patient is a resident of Navajo County. Navajo County Public Health Services District (NCPHSD) in collaboration with Navajo Nation staff are currently investigating the case, as well as any close contacts that may have been exposed while this individual was infectious. Any individuals who have been identified as having been exposed will be contacted directly by public health officials. If you have not been contacted by public health officials, your risk of exposure is extremely limited. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms in collaboration with Navajo County Public Health and medical providers."
“We encourage the public to stay calm, stay up-to-date with recommendations, and do their best to help slow the spread. We ask that everyone routinely check the CoVid-19 dashboard for the most recent information,” said Jeffrey Lee, Director of the Navajo County Public Health Department. “We know that most people who have gotten COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and we ask that you please stay home if you are sick. Those most at risk for developing severe complications from COVID-19 are older adults and those with existing chronic health conditions.”
See the attached press release. The Independent will continue to update this and other stories with our COVID-19 coverage.