FORT HUACHUCA — An individual who works on Fort Huachuca and is a resident of Cochise County is the installation's first positive case of COVID-19. Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed the test results late Wednesday, April 1, making it the fifth confirmed case in the county.

Fort medical personnel in conjunction with county health professionals are conducting contact tracing to identify those individuals who may have come into contact with the individual.

"We extend our concern and ongoing support to the family and friends of the individual," said Maj. Gen. Laura Potter, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence & Fort Huachuca. "The health protection of our force is a top priority, and we will continue to evaluate current day-to-day operations to ensure the safety of all of our Soldiers, family members and civilian personnel."

All personnel are encouraged to continue to practice proper hygiene as the best way to prevent the spread of viruses, including:

* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

* Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

* Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.

Submitted by Tanja Linton, Media Relations Officer, Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office. This story is developing. It will be updated if more information becomes available.

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