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

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Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) has learned of a positive COVID-19 test result for the Weld county case connected to the Larimer County presumptive positive case. While Larimer County still only has one presumptive positive case, we expect to see an increase in positive test results over the next few days. 

Both individuals are employed by health care systems in Larimer and Weld county. Case investigation is in process; and identified close contacts will be contacted in the next few days. As with any communicable disease, this case investigation will take us some time to complete. In order to protect the privacy of the individual, identifying information and medical records will not be released to the public. 

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 understand that this can be a scary time. At this point we are encouraging people to start social distancing. Please be aware that although COVID-19 doesn’t severely impact most individuals who contract it, it will impact our older adults (60 years and older) and those with underlying health issues more severely.” says Tom Gonzales, MPH, Public Health Director. “Social distancing can help minimize the spread in our community and protect our more susceptible residents.”  

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

  • increasing distance between people to six feet to help reduce spread,
  • considering canceling trips and not attending public gatherings,
  • 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.

Published on: 
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 11:52am
Contact Details: 

Katie O'Donnell
970-646-1756
kodonnell@larimer.org

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