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Weld County Health Department COVID-19 statement

Posted on 03/10/2020
2019 Novel Coronavirus

Weld County — The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread worldwide, including to Colorado. Currently there are fewer than 12 confirmed cases in Colorado. Weld County does not have any confirmed cases; however, this may change as testing for COVID-19 becomes more widely available. The Health Department is closely monitoring COVID-19 with a team of communication specialists, preparedness staff, and epidemiologists — public health practitioners who are experts in tracking the occurrence, spread, and control of diseases.

“Our first priority is to protect the health of Weld County residents,” said Mark E. Wallace, MD, MPH, Executive Director of the Health Department. “Our key message to the public is to take a preventative approach to this disease.” Key steps to preventing most respiratory infections, including COVID-19, include:
• Stay home if you are sick. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with a regular household cleaning product or wipes.
• 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.
• Avoid touching your face, eyes and nose. Limit close contact with people who are sick.

The Health Department is taking the following preparedness actions:
• Collaborating with the State Health Department laboratory to test suspected COVID-19 cases.
• Ensuring that people who are positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts are quickly contacted and closely monitored and supported while they are in isolation or quarantine.
• Communicating and coordinating with the County’s Office of Emergency Management, County Commissioners, County Communications Office, local hospitals, local and regional emergency preparedness staff, schools, healthcare, first responders, and the State Health Department.
• Hosting weekly telebriefings with key community partners.
• Updating our pandemic response plan for COVID-19 in accordance with local conditions.
• Producing a short COVID-19 awareness and prevention video.

For more information: For general questions about COVID-19 in Colorado, call CO HELP at (303) 389-1687 or 1(877) 462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org.