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First COVID-19-related death in Weld County; positive cases at 6

Posted on 03/17/2020
COVID-19

Weld County — The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment (WCDPHE) has been notified of its first death caused by COVID-19, a male in his 70s. This death is connected to one of the earlier identified positive cases. The case investigation is ongoing.

“Protecting our high-risk populations from COVID-19 is imperative,” said Mark E. Wallace, MD MPH, Executive Director of the Health Department. “We are strongly suggesting people practice social distancing in order to prevent future COVID-19 deaths and protect our workforce. Every single reduction in the number of contacts you have per day will have a significant impact on the virus’s spread.”

WCDPHE also was notified of an additional positive COVID-19 case, a female in her 50s.

We expect to see an increase in positive test results over the next few days as the state works through the backlog and informs local county health departments of results. WCDPHE will continue to post COVID-19 case updates to the county health department web page.

WCDPHE continues to stress the importance of social distancing, meaning keeping at least 6 feet away from others, and cancelling all “events” of 10 people or more. An “event” is a gathering for social or recreational activities, or a location that engages in or allows for such activities. For example, sporting events, concerts, parades, places of worship, ice rinks, recreation centers, or libraries.

Other ideas to help manage social distancing include:

  • Use a grocery delivery or pick-up service.
  • Use meal delivery services. Order your food to-go from local restaurants.
  • Limit all nonessential travel.
  • Go outdoors for fresh air and exercise. The point is not to remain indoors, but to avoid being in close contact with people.
  • Stay connected with friends and family via social media, chat, the phone, and video.

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 COHELP@RMPDC.org