DENVER (CBS4)– There are now 33 presumptive positive coronavirus cases in Colorado as of Wednesday afternoon. The total includes two cases from Jefferson County, and nine cases from Pitkin County.
The confirmed cases by counties in Colorado:
Douglas County- 3
Eagle County- 4
El Paso County- 1
Summit County- 1
Larimer County- 1
Arapahoe County- 3
Jefferson County- 3
Pitkin County- 9
Gunnison County- 2
Two cases from Jefferson County are a male and female in their 70s, who were exposed to COVID-19 during international travel. They are currently in isolation in their home.
“Our team is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to further investigate these cases,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Executive Director, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) in a statement. “We hope these patients recover quickly and completely. The health and safety of the public is our number one priority and we are working around the clock to protect our community from this virus.”
Earlier Wednesday, Pitkin County reported the three who tested positive have been in contacted with an Australian visitor in Aspen who tested positive for COVID-19. Now, that total has been increased to nine cases, after six of the additional people in contact with the Australian visitor tested positive. All are Australian. There is one pending case.
These individuals are considered “presumptive positive” until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirm the cases.
“These visitors are currently in quarantine. CDPHE staff, in conjunction with Pitkin County Public Health, are monitoring people who may have been exposed,” said Karen Koenemann, Director of Pitkin County Public Health, in a statement. “We hope that these folks recover quickly and there is no additional spread in Pitkin County.”
Social distancing is an effective tool for healthy people to avoid getting sick. COVID-19 could pass between people who are up to six feet apart. Think of it as staying "ski feet away" — about the length of a large pair of skis. #COVID19colorado pic.twitter.com/bItS45F3r0
— Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (@CDPHE) March 11, 2020
On Wednesday, the CDPHE opened a drive-up testing location in Lowry.
Tuesday morning, Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency to better address the virus outbreak.
The first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Colorado last Thursday.
Additional Information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:
- Practice good hygiene. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. In the absence of soap and water, use hand-sanitizer; use your elbow or sleeve to cover coughs and sneezes
- Stay home if you’re sick; keep your children home if they are sick. The illness can last for many days so make preparations now to work from home if possible.
- We advise Coloradans to always be prepared for an emergency– like a large snowstorm– and have a plan for your family. Make sure to have 72 hours of key supplies on hand like medications, infant formula, diapers, pet food, etc. FEMA guidance for pre-pandemic COVID-19 preparedness is available on Ready.gov.
- Stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information. People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019, can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.