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March 5, 2020, 6:00 PM - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is reporting the first “presumptive positive” case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Colorado (Summit County). There is a second case also reported without details released. This has been expected and is no cause for alarm. We will soon have a state count on our county webpage (sanmiguelcountyco.gov/coronavirus) as it will not be reasonable to keep issuing releases with an updated count. The message to our residents and visitors to San Miguel County remains the same: continue good hygiene with frequent hand washing, disinfect surfaces, and stay at home if you are sick.
Please see the news release below from CDPHE reference the first case in CO:
DENVER (March 5, 2020): The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reporting that the state laboratory has a positive test result for COVID-19 today. The case presented itself in a male in his 30s, who had contact with a known case of COVID-19. Because the testing was done at the state level, the case is a “presumptive positive” and results will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. To act as swiftly as possible, the state will proceed as if the case is officially confirmed.
The individual is recovering in isolation in the Denver metro area and will remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. The department is working with the local public health agencies to identify any close contacts who may have been exposed while the person was infectious. Public health practitioners will attempt to contact anyone who may have been exposed and monitor them for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
“We are hopeful that the patient will have a swift recovery,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Like other states, we expected to begin seeing cases in Colorado and that is why we have been preparing for the past couple of months, in conjunction with local public health agencies and healthcare partners. Our goals are to protect the public from the disease, get people the care they need, and minimize disruption to daily lives."
The department continues to work closely with CDC and public health agencies across the state and is committed to protecting the health and safety of Coloradans. Health officials advise Coloradans to stay informed, take simple disease prevention measures, and prepare.
The state will provide timely updates on any additional cases that test positive at the state lab.