FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Coconino County health officials say they have found evidence of "community transmission" of COVID-19 in the county.
Community transmission happens when there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 and there is no source of infection identified. Essentially, it means the case can't be directly traced back to a known exposure.
Without test kits and supplies, the County says they will have to discontinue testing next week.
Due to the identification of community transmission, and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, health officials are reinforcing the importance of practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing, and staying home when sick.
Officials say the County-initiated COVID-19 drive-up specimen collection site will also be changed as a result of limited supplies and resources.
There will only be one site operating from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Coconino Community College East Campus on Fourth Street in Flagstaff (while supplies last). There will no longer be a site at Fort Tuthill.
The Coconino County Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that drive-up coronavirus swab testing is now available at two locations
Individuals experiencing mild respiratory illness, such as a slight fever or cough, are instructed to stay at home, monitor symptoms, contact their healthcare provider if needed and distance themselves from others as much as possible. Individuals experiencing serious symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for medical advice. Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.
"The city recognizes the necessity of precautionary measures due to the widespread nature of the threat."
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. As a reminder, CCHHS recommends taking these actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
• Wash hands frequently.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick.
• Cover your mouth with your upper sleeve or with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Get a seasonal flu shot
More information is available online or by calling the Coconino County COVID-19 Information Line at 928-679-7300.