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Previously identified coronavirus case identified as American Leadership Academy member

Public Health believes that risk to others is low as the individual was not on campus while ill.

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Health and Human Services announced that one of the individuals that tested positive for coronavirus is part of the American Leadership Academy, Ironwood K-12 community near Queen Creek.

The individual was not seriously ill and fully recovered from the virus, authorities said. The member was not on campus when they were ill, so officials believe the risk of transmission to others is low. 

School administrators will be able to fully implement public health recommendations as the students are currently out for spring break, authorities said in a press release. These recommendations include cleaning all areas of the campus, daily cleaning of high-touch surfaces, adding hand sanitizing stations to hallways, and incorporating routine hand-washing practices. 

Public health officials are working to identify and close contacts who may have been exposed, the press release said. Identified individuals will be monitored for symptoms. 

Authorities urge any individual of the community experiencing a fever, shortness of breath and cough should call their health care provider to determine whether COVID-19 testing is needed. Symptoms appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. 

The best way to prevent COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases is to:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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