Arizona appears far behind many other states in coronavirus testing — Here’s what we know about the numbers

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By Rachel Leingang, Stephanie Innes and Maria Polletta | Arizona Republic 

Lisa Williams went all the way to the top.

When her doctor in Apache Junction told her she couldn’t be tested for the new coronavirus, the 53-year-old called Gov. Doug Ducey’s office.

“I was really in a panic yesterday,” she said. “I don’t understand why it’s taking so long to be able to just get tests.”

Her doctor was using outdated information to deny her a COVID-19 test, the Governor’s Office told her.

Despite Williams testing negative for the flu and strep throat, her doctor would only sign off if she’d recently traveled or been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 — which is no longer the state testing guideline.

Williams has had symptoms consistent with the virus for about 10 days. She’s tried going back and forth with the doctor’s office with no luck. She tried to reach the Pinal County Public Health Department but couldn’t get through to anyone.


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