Gov. Jared Polis announced Thursday afternoon that he learned of the first “presumptive” positive case of COVID-19, coronavirus, case in Colorado. The patient in the first case recently skied at Keystone and Vail after arriving in Colorado on Feb. 29 at DIA.”The case had known exposure to the virus through close contact with a person with COVID-19 outside of Colorado,” the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment wrote in a release.
During a news conference, the governor announced he had learned of a second presumptive case for a Douglas County woman, not tied to the first. Scroll to the bottom of the article for more details on both cases from the state.
According to a release sent out by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the first presumptive case is tied to an out-of-state visitor in his thirties. He was visiting Summit County and is now in isolation in the Denver metro area.
“We are hopeful that the patient will have a swift recovery,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Like other states, we expected to begin seeing cases in Colorado and that is why we have been preparing for the past couple of months, in conjunction with local public health agencies and healthcare partners. Our goals are to protect the public from the disease, get people the care they need, and minimize disruption to daily lives.”
The department continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and public health agencies across the state and is committed to protecting the health and safety of Coloradans. Health officials advise Coloradans to stay informed, take simple disease prevention measures, and prepare:
·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
·Stay home if you’re sick; keep your children home if they are sick. The illness can last for many days so make preparations now to work from home if possible.
·We advise Coloradans to always be prepared for an emergency– like a large snowstorm– and have a plan for your family. Make sure to have 72 hours of key supplies on hand like medications, infant formula, diapers, pet food, etc. FEMA guidance for pre-pandemic COVID-19 preparedness is available on Ready.gov.