10 new presumptive positive cases in Colorado CDPHE confirms limited community spread of COVID-19 in Colorado

DENVER, March 11, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) identified 10 new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, based on overnight testing results. The 10 new presumptive positive cases are in Pitkin, Eagle, Gunnison, Denver, Jefferson, and Arapahoe counties. That brings the total number of presumptive positive cases to 27, with one indeterminate case that public health is acting on as a presumptive positive. The state lab has run tests on approximately 300 people in Colorado since testing started on February 28.

Based on the information CDPHE is receiving from presumptive positive cases, CDPHE has reason to suspect we are seeing limited community spread in Colorado. The Governor’s office will be holding a press conference at 5 p.m. tonight with more details. CDPHE has recommendations for ways to limit further community spread below. 

Case 1:
Gender: Male
Age: 70s
County of residence: Eagle
Exposure: Under investigation

Case 2:
Gender: Female
Age: 50s
County of residence: Gunnison
Exposure: Under investigation

Case 3:
Gender: Male
Age: 50s
County of residence: In Pitkin County, but resident of Australia visiting Aspen
Exposure: Travel, close contact with individuals

Case 4:
Gender: Female
Age: 20s
County of residence: In Pitkin County, but resident of Australia visiting Aspen
Exposure: Travel and contact with individuals

Case 5:
Gender: Female
Age: 70s
County of residence: Jefferson
Exposure: Travel

Case 6:
Gender: Male
Age: 70s
County of residence: Jefferson
Exposure: Travel

Case 7:
Gender: Female
Age: 50s
County of residence: Gunnison
Exposure: Under investigation

Case 8:
Gender: Male
Age: 40s
County of residence: Denver
Exposure: Travel

Case 9:
Gender: Female
Age: 80s
County of residence: Arapahoe
Exposure: Under investigation

Case 10:
Gender: Female
Age: 60s
County of Residence: In Pitkin County, but resident of Australia visiting Aspen
Exposure: Travel, close contact with individuals

Limited community spread (or transmission) means there are cases and outbreaks in certain communities where people became infected, and we are unable to identify the source. Limited person-to-person spread (or transmission) means a person in Colorado became infected from a known exposure to another person in Colorado.  

For limited community spread, community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19. If there is ongoing spread in a community, local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials when appropriate, will make decisions about implementing community interventions based on the scope of community spread. Community interventions may be different for each community.

No matter where you live, everyone should practice daily preventive actions to reduce the risk of transmission, especially to people who may experience more severe illness. People in high-risk categories include:

  • Older people (over age 60), especially those over 80 years.
  • People who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Older people with chronic medical conditions are at greatest risk.

Other ways people can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in communities:

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Don’t shake hands in greeting — instead bump fists or elbows.
  • When possible, increase the distance between people. Six feet is a distance that reduces the transmission of the virus.
  • If there is active transmission between multiple people in your community, consider reducing the number of large group gatherings.    
  • Try to go out as little as possible. 
  • Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places while school is dismissed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. 
  • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.
  • If you have older or at-risk neighbors/family members check in with them frequently and see if they have any specific needs. 

These measures could reduce the strain on local health care systems and help ensure that those who need treatment are able to get it. 

State officials will share more information at a press conference at 5 p.m. today at the Governor’s Office at the state capitol. Media advisory to follow.

To ensure expedience on reporting presumptive positive cases, the state will provide overall testing statistics as soon as we are able on the website.  Continue to stay up to date by visiting colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus.

10 new presumptive positive cases in Colorado CDPHE confirms limited community spread of COVID-19 in Colorado

Two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 identified in Colorado this afternoon

DENVER, March 10, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) state lab identified two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, based on testing results from this afternoon. To ensure expedience on reporting out presumptive positives, the state will provide overall testing statistics as soon as we are able on the website

The positive cases are:

Case #1

  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 50s
  • County of residence: Jefferson

Case #2

  • Sex: Female 
  • Age: Teenage
  • County of residence: Denver

Local public health agencies are leading these investigations and will provide additional details as necessary to protect public health. The investigations are ongoing.

An update:  Earlier we reported a presumptive positive case as a woman in her 40s from Gunnison County. She is from Denver County with ties to Gunnison County.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

Se registran 2 nuevos presuntos casos de COVID-19 en Colorado

DENVER, Marzo 10, 2020: El laboratorio del Departamento de Salud y Medioambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) identificó 2 nuevos presuntos casos de COVID-19, basados en exámenes llevados a cabo durante la tarde.  Para asegurar la rapidez en los casos presuntamente positivos, el estado proveerá todas las estadísticas de las pruebas en la medida de lo posible en este website

Los casos son:

Caso #1

  • Hombre en sus cincuentas
  • Condado de residencia: Jefferson

Caso #2

  • Adolescente sexo femenino
  • Condado de residencia: Denver

Las agencias de salud pública están llevando a cabo estas investigaciones y proveerán detalles adicionales para proteger la salud pública.  Estas son investigaciones en curso. 

Actualización: un presunto caso positivo originalmente identificado como una mujer en su cuarentas reside en el Condado Denver y no en el Condado Gunnison como se reportó originalmente. Tiene conexión con el condado de Gunnison. Manténgase informado en la página colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

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Two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 identified in Colorado this afternoon