Feb. 21 Novel Coronavirus

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Official statement from Maricopa County Department of Public Health

February 21, 2020

Maricopa County Department of Public Health in coordination with Arizona Department of Health Services and CDC has released the Maricopa County COVID-19 case from isolation. The individual, a male with ties to Arizona State University, has received multiple negative tests from CDC and meets the criteria to be released from isolation. We would like to thank this individual for his patience and commitment to public health during his prolonged isolation with very mild illness. There is no risk of COVID-19 to the community from this individual and we encourage his friends, family and the community to support him as he transitions back to his everyday activities.

Maricopa County Department of Health/Arizona State University FAQs update

  1. Has the person who was infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) been cleared? Are they back on campus?

    The case involving an Arizona State University community member who was originally confirmed to have COVID-19 on Jan. 26, 2020, has now been cleared by state and county health officials and is free to reintegrate back into the community, and the ASU campus community.

  2. Who cleared this individual, and when?

    The Maricopa County Department of Public Health, in coordination with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cleared this person for reintegration back into the community.

    This individual has tested negative for novel coronavirus and is no longer infectious according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This individual has been determined to be completely safe to reintegrate back into the community. In addition, all close contacts of the individual have passed the 14-day monitoring period and have not developed novel coronavirus.

  3. Who is the person infected? Why won’t MCDPH or ASU release the name of the individual?

    In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes and federal HIPAA laws, patient names (first and last name or last name and initial) are identifiers that are classified as protected health information (PHI) under the HIPAA Privacy Rule https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/faq/index.html and confidentiality rules for public health. Therefore, in compliance with HIPAA and Arizona Revised Statutes, neither the Maricopa County Department of Public Health nor Arizona State University will release the name of the individual.

  4. Does the university have a response to the social media posts circulating online about who was infected with COVID-19?

    We ask that members of the community to be supportive and respectful of this individual’s privacy as they return to the community, particularly while engaging in social media.  While we realize there has been misinformation and social media speculation concerning the individual’s identity or whereabouts, we ask that the community respect their privacy.

  5. Does the university have comment on the xenophobic/racist remarks circulating online about this individual?

    ASU values and take pride in our commitment to inclusivity and respect for every individual of our community. ASU is committed to sustaining a safe, healthful and resilient community.  Each member of our community has equal value. During times like these, we expect our community to be supportive, empathic and respectful.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2020 at 4:15 p.m.

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