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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
There are between 1-5 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Patagonia’s 85624 zip code, according to data published on Sunday by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
A statement with the new information read – “Today we added data to our COVID-19 dashboard that includes additional information about cases and deaths, as well as information about the health of our healthcare system in Arizona. The dashboard now has case counts broken down by zip code and more detailed demographic information about cases and deaths in our state.”
Last week local health officials refused reveal if there were any confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Patagonia, leading to rumors and speculation from residents.
At the Patagonia Health Clinic, a worker first told the OSN that the law prevents them from giving the people information.
When pressed as to what specific law would being broken by revealing general information for the community about how many people have the virus, the worker said, “I honestly don’t know what the rule is or if anybody has it. We don’t know. But we are being told by the people ahead of us that we can’t say. I don’t know why, but my guess is that no one wants people to panic.”
Last week OSN reached out to the Health Service Director for Santa Cruz County for clarification, who would only say there are six confirmed cases of the virus — in Santa Cruz county.
“We have had a total of 6 positive tests results [in Santa Cruz count].3 have recovered and the other 3 are self-isolating and recovering at home,” Director Jeff Terell told the Orange Street News last week.
When asked how many cases were in Patagonia, Terell did not respond.
Patagonia is in Santa Cruz County which includes Nogales, Rio Rico, Sonoita, and Patagonia. In 2010 the population of Santa Cruz County was 47,420 people according to the census. The Nogales International was first to report on the map.