How is Public Health Responding?

As we respond to COVID-19, we continue to work with the state health department, healthcare and hospital facilities, first responders, and other partners as one public health system to protect the health and safety of all residents. 

Now seeing community spread of COVID-19 in Maricopa County, we are working collaboratively with our healthcare system, elected officials, and others to make self-quarantine recommendations out of an abundance of caution to protect the community from increased spread. 

When an individual is confirmed positive with COVID-19, Public Health takes the following steps:

  1. We immediately contact the health care provider to notify the individual of the diagnosis and make sure they are isolated to avoid spread to others.
  2. We interview the patient to determine the date of onset of symptoms so we can identify when the individual was infectious.
  3. We walk through every moment that the patient was infectious and determine who had contact with them, for how long, and what were the circumstances.
  4. Based on that information, we determine everyone who is at risk of developing COVID-19 and contact them to notify them of the exposure and what steps they need to take to prevent spread of the disease, which might include quarantine for 14 days.

If you are not contacted, public health has determined that you are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 from that individual. Members of the public who simply walked by an infected individual or spent less than 10 minutes with the case are not considered to be at risk based on CDC guidelines.

Exposed healthcare workers have more stringent criteria for determining exposure due to their occupation. MCDPH follows CDC guidelines for managing healthcare workers who are exposed to COVID-19.