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Presumptive case of coronavirus confirmed in Maricopa County

The case is a presumptive positive, health officials said, meaning it is still awaiting confirmation from the CDC

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A new presumptive case of COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, was confirmed in Arizona Tuesday morning.

The case is a man in his 20s who is not hospitalized and is recovering at home, according to a press release from the Arizona Department of Health Services. This is the second case in Maricopa County.

"This individual is a known contact of a presumed positive case outside of Arizona who had traveled to an area with community spread of COVID-19," reads the press release. 

The case's presumptive positive status means its awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine whether or not it is a confirmed positive — a positive test would be the second confirmed in Arizona.

The patient from the first case has since fully recovered, health officials said Monday. The state announced Monday that the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory would be conducting tests, along with the CDC. 

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"The ADHS State Public Health Lab began testing for COVID-19 on March 2 and was able to detect this positive case on its first day of testing, the same day that the Maricopa County Department of Public Health requested that this individual be tested," according to the press release. 

Arizona's current testing results were updated March 3 at 9 a.m. The latest update included the new presumptive case as well as six patients tested — results for those six people tested are still pending. 

An Arizona Department of Health Services official could not immediately answer questions regarding the presumptive case. 

This is a breaking story and will be updated as new information is made available. 

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Wyatt MyskowProject Manager

Wyatt Myskow is the project manager at The State Press, where he oversees enterprise stories for the publication. He also works at The Arizona Republic, where he covers the cities of Peoria and Surprise.

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