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

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Larimer County, CO --- Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) has identified a positive COVID-19 case in a resident of a Long Term Care facility. The facility also has a staff person who tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the high-risk nature of residents in the facility, a team of infection preventionists and epidemiologists from CDC and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have been working closely with LCDHE and providing on-site technical assistance and support regarding case investigation, infection prevention, healthcare worker safety assessments, and personal protective equipment.

The resident and the worker who tested positive live/work at the North Shore Health & Rehab Facility in Loveland. While local public health agencies typically don’t release names of facilities, Columbine Health Systems, which operates North Shore Health & Rehab, has volunteered to share that information to help protect public health and keep people safe. The case investigation is ongoing, but to date there are no other confirmed cases associated with residents of this facility.  At least six other residents of the facility have been tested, and their test results were negative. Additional tests are pending.

Case investigation is in process to identify people who have been in close contact with the individuals who tested positive so that public health workers can reach out to those contacts in the next few days. As with any communicable disease, this case investigation will take some time to complete. In order to protect the privacy of the individuals, identifying information and medical records will not be released to the public. 

“Columbine Health Systems has been a strong partner with local public health, state health and the CDC, doing everything they can to reduce the spread of this virus.” says Tom Gonzales, MPH, Larimer County Public Health Director.  

“We continue to follow guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, in partnership with the CDC and their infection control guidelines regarding COVID 19 testing and isolation procedures. Their knowledge and support has been invaluable to us,” said Dr. Rebecca Jackson, DO, CMD, Medical Director, Columbine Health Systems. 

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: 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 1:45pm

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