Greenlee County (AZ) Health Department's Daily COVID-19 Updates through April 5, 2021


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Greenlee County (AZ) Health Department's Daily COVID-19 Updates through April 5, 2021

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The Greenlee County Health Department uses its Facebook page to disseminate daily information related to the COVID-19 pandemic to its residents. The daily COVID-19 statistics are displayed as an image on the daily Facebook post, which allows examination of the department's content and messaging before and after the pandemic. Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency in Arizona on March 11, 2020, which seems inconsistent with GCHD's daily posts from that period. Language on the GCHD posts consistently advised residents to stay home if they felt ill, rather than being consistent with Governor Ducey's voluntary Stay Home orders.

For example, the March 30, 2021, press release to update a new active COVID-19 infection in Greenlee County reads as follows:
"For Immediate Release, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, Greenlee County, Arizona.
Public Information Contact: Steve Rutherford (928) 865-2601

NEW RELEASE - COVID-19 Positive Test in Greenlee County

The Greenlee County Health Department is investigating one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The case will put our current total at five hundred and sixty-nine (569) confirmed Greenlee County COVID-19 cases...

We would like to remind the community to use masks appropriately when outside of the home, practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and do not go into the public when you are feeling sick, unless you are seeking medical attention."

These updates demonstrate a significant dichotomy between the rural and urban experiences during this pandemic.

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This item was submitted on April 5, 2021 by James Rayroux using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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