An Arapahoe County male in his 50s is the second positive case of COVID-19 in the county, pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has a recent history of travel in the U.S. and is currently in a hospital, in isolation with serious symptoms.
“Our thoughts are with the patient and his family during this time,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department. “As per standard procedures, our disease control experts are making sure his contacts are identified and quarantined if exposure is thought to be substantial. We want to remind everyone that it’s important to stay home if you are sick, and stay at least six feet away from anyone who might be sick in order to prevent the spread of germs.”
Tri-County Health Department is also working with Buckley Air Force Base on an investigation into other people who have come in contact with the Centennial woman who tested positive for COVID-19 March 8 including family members who were on the base. All members of this family are isolated at home.
If you are feeling ill with symptoms of cough, fever, difficulty breathing similar to those associated with COVID-19:
- Manage your symptoms at home the same way you manage other cold symptoms. We want to reduce the risk of transmission, so to the extent possible, people with flu-like symptoms should remain at home.
- If you need medical care, contact your primary care provider and schedule a visit. Let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
- Only contact 911 for emergencies requiring immediate life-saving care and let them know if you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
- Restrict visits to the hospital emergency room or urgent care - only individuals needing immediate care should visit these facilities. If you must visit an ER or urgent care facility, call ahead and let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
Although Colorado is moving toward expanded test capacity and testing criteria, current CDPHE testing guidance includes three types of people:
- Those who have symptoms such as fever OR lower respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) and have had "close contact" with a confirmed coronavirus patient within 14 days of their first symptoms.
- Those who have fever AND/OR lower respiratory symptoms, require hospitalization, and have traveled to areas impacted by the epidemic in the last 14 days.
- Patients with fever and severe, acute lower respiratory symptoms who require hospitalization, and for whom no other diagnosis has been found — such as the flu. No travel or contact exposure is needed.
Health officials advise Coloradans to stay informed, take simple disease prevention measures, and to be prepared to shelter at home for an extended period of time, as if preparing for a major snow event.
- 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, even if you think you only have the flu, a cold or allergies-- and 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 COVID-19 coronavirus disease, call the CO-HELP InfoLine at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English, Spanish, Chinese, and more.