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The Arizona Academy of Family Physicians enhances the health of the people in Arizona by promoting the specialty of Family Medicine and by supporting our members’ professional development and scope of service.

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Maricopa County Department of  Public Health (MCDPH)

2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

For cohorting of symptomatic and asymptomatic nCoV patients, Maricopa County Public Health recommends:

  • If a patient is symptomatic and fits criteria, patient should be isolated
  • If a patient is asymptomatic and fits the criteria, patients can be cohorted with other asymptomatic persons awaiting evaluation
  • If patient is symptomatic and it is unknown if they fit criteria, patient should be isolated
  • If patient is symptomatic and does NOT fit criteria, patient should be treated per normal protocols

We also wanted to update you on the status of Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) in Maricopa County so you can share accurate information about the current situation with your employees and the public.  There has only been one confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus in Maricopa County and that person is isolated to prevent spread to others.  Individuals at risk have been contacted and are being monitored by public health. The risk to the public is extremely low.  We are asking our partners to communicate accurate information to the public and not cause undue concern.

In response to public concerns we have developed a sign for healthcare clinics in Maricopa County to post outside their door accompanied by surgical masks.  The sign directs anyone with respiratory symptoms to put on a mask before they enter the premises and let the receptionist know if they traveled to Wuhan, China in the prior 14 days.   The primary purpose of the masks are to protect staff and other patients from flu and other respiratory viruses.

Please refer to the following MCDPH nCoV criteria to learn more. In addition, please make sure your staff has seen this press release and is aware of the website, should they receive questions. Thank you.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health

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Arizona Academy of Family Physicians

Founded in 1949, the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians (AzAFP) is a nonprofit professional membership association representing approximately 1,500 allopathic and osteopathic physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students statewide. The AzAFP is the state component of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the largest medical specialty association in the country, with approximately 96,000 members.



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