Updated information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Larimer County

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Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) has its first presumptive positive COVID-19 case in a Johnstown resident that resides in the Larimer County portion of the town. Public Health officials with LCDHE understand that there is fear and confusion around COVID-19. LCDHE reminds the community that the risk of COVID-19 in Larimer County remains low.

Presumptive positive means that Colorado’s testing lab returned a positive result for COVID-19. All positive tests must be sent to CDC for official confirmation. That confirmation is pending, but it does not slow down the public health response. 

We have a dedicated team doing everything we can to protect the health of our community. We have pandemic response plans ready to go, we have tools and protocols in place to monitor travelers and other individuals who may be exposed, and we have the infection control expertise we need.

As with any communicable disease, this case investigation will take us some time.  LCDHE will be contacting anyone who has had direct contact with the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. In order to protect the privacy of the individual, identifying information and medical records will not be released to the public. 

“The health and safety of our community is our top priority. As with any health threat, we are committed to minimizing risk in Larimer County and keeping our community informed,” says Tom Gonzales, MPH, Public Health Director. 

COVID-19 is spread like the flu. You can help slow the spread of viruses by: 

  • washing hands frequently with soap and water, 
  • covering coughs and sneezes, 
  • staying home when sick, and 
  • avoiding close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.

Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the public health response adjusts as more is learned about this virus. While there is plenty of news and media information available, LCDHE is encouraging Larimer County residents to view the latest credible information on COVID-19 at www.larimer.org/coronavirus  or www.CDC.gov/coronavirus. Additionally, residents are encouraged to follow LCDHE’s Facebook and Twitter accounts at @LarimerHealth.

COVID-19 Presumed Positive
Published on: 
Monday, March 9, 2020 - 5:16pm

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