LOCAL UPDATES: Valley View Hospital is setting up screening areas to screen everyone coming into the hospital. Also, its physician practices are increasing screening and procedures related to COVID-19.
Valley View Hospital has also canceled its blood drive that was scheduled for March 6 in Glenwood Springs.
Tri-County Health Department investigating potential exposures and ensuring the resident is isolated at home
The second “presumptive positive” case that Governor Polis spoke about this afternoon is an older adult woman from Douglas County who was exposed during an international cruise. This case is not related to the Summit County visitor.
“She is currently isolated at home and has had limited public contact, including with her family members and healthcare providers. Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) staff is monitoring people who may have been exposed,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department. “We are hoping that she recovers quickly.”
The case is a “presumptive positive” because the initial testing was done at the state level, and test results will be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). TCHD is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to continue this active investigation and to protect the health and safety of Coloradans.
Health officials advise Coloradans to stay informed, take simple disease prevention measures, and to be prepared.
- Practice good hygiene. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. In the absence of soap and water, use hand-sanitizer.
- Use your elbow or sleeve to cover coughs and sneezes. If you use a tissue, throw it away and promptly wash your hands.
- Stay home if you are sick; keep your children home if they are sick. Talk to your employer about their sick policy and telecommuting.
- Stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information by visiting www.tchd.org/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov/covid19.
If you have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019, call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English, Spanish, Chinese and more.