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Two presumptive positive COVID-19 cases identified in Weld County

Posted on 03/13/2020
COVID-19

Weld County — The Weld County Health Department has been notified of two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Weld County. The two individuals, a female and a male, are both in their 40’s and are from southwest Weld County. There was no travel history to high risk areas. They are in isolation until deemed no longer infectious. The exposure is still under investigation.

“With COVID-19 now in Weld County, it’s important for residents to follow common sense precautions,” said Mark E. Wallace, MD MPH, Executive Director of the Health Department. “Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands frequently, and pregnant women, individuals with underlying health conditions, and older people, should stay away from people who are sick.”

Health officials stress the importance of taking precautions and not to live in panic and fear. 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.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes and nose.
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick (keep a distance of at least 6 feet).

The Health Department is taking the following preparedness actions:

  • Collaboration 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.
  • Communication and coordination 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.

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.