Two Additional COVID-19 Cases; New Change in CDC Testing Requirements

Published on March 15, 2020


Two additional COVID-19 cases identified; total of 5 cases in Weld County; new change in CDC testing requirements

Weld County — The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment was notified late Saturday evening of two additional positive cases. Case investigation is in process and identified close contacts are also being reviewed. As with any communicable disease, these case investigations will take public health time to complete. In order to protect the privacy of the individuals, identifying information and medical records will not be released to the public. 

Per a change in testing requirements, the CDC is no longer requiring their laboratory to perform a secondary confirmation of any other lab's "positive" test result. This change now eliminates the need to report results as "presumptive.”

“We are all in this together,” said Mark E. Wallace, MD MPH, Executive Director of the Health Department. “Our collective efforts will help to blunt the impact of this virus.”  The current treatment for most people who get COVID-19 is rest, recovery, and self-isolation at home. About 80% of people who become ill will recover on their own. The seriously ill may require hospitalization.  

Other preventive actions for preventing influenza, cold viruses, and COVID-19: 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with regular household cleaning products. 
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom and before eating; a hand sanitizer can help if hand washing is not available.
  • Cover your cough with your elbow or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home if you are sick. If you work or go into the community sick, many may get sick.  
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick (keep a distance of at least 6 feet). 

The elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions should avoid community gatherings to prevent infection. 

For general questions about COVID-19 in Colorado, call the state CO HELP line at (303) 389-1687 or 1 (877) 462-2911 or email