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COCONINO COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Officials with Coconino County said they are requesting financial aid and supplies from the state and federal governments to be able to continue testing residents for coronavirus.

According to a press release from Saturday, the county says its response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be impacted if their supplies and financial resources aren’t replenished.

The County said that over the past week, they have increased testing for people with respiratory symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Without test kits and supplies, the County says they will have to discontinue testing next week.

The County was the first in the state to set-up specimen collections sites for the testing of COVID-19. Coconino County established an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on March 12, 2020 and established the first quarantine site to house ill people who are experiencing homelessness and awaiting test results.

“Our first priority is the health of the people we serve,” said COVID-19 Incident Commander Dr. Marie Peoples. “I’m extremely proud of the work our team is doing in this difficult situation. However, our ability to keep up this response depends on the state and federal government helping us. If state and federal resources don’t arrive soon, we may run out of test kits, Personal Protection Equipment and other necessary items.”

Coconino County is the second largest county in the contiguous U.S. It is responsible for health and emergency services for over 125,000 residents and millions of visitors.

 

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