COVID-19 Update for Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties
Each county now has individuals who are being investigated by the health department
As of Friday, March 13, Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) is working with 15 individuals who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus:
Adams County: 4
Arapahoe County: 7
Douglas County: 4
“While testing thus far has been insufficient to draw firm conclusions, we believe that it is likely that there is currently ongoing community transmission in all three of our counties as well as other parts of the Metro area and state, which is increasing our concern,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department. “It is important to note that according to the CDC,
‘Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, a report out of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.’”
“Our thoughts are with each patient and their family during this time. Our disease prevention and control staff are in contact by phone with each of the individuals and their family members in order to answer their concerns about how to isolate at home if they are not in the hospital,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department. “We are also working with them in order to notify others who might have been in close contact, as a way to prevent any further spread of the virus.”
“It is really critical that we take care of ourselves and each other at this time to slow the spread of COVID-19 and try to keep high risk individuals from getting it. To contribute to that effort, we are recommending steps to avoid community transmission including the cancellation of community events involving more than 250 people. In particular, older adults and those who with serious chronic medical illness should limit their contact with large groups of people.” Douglas said.
Everyday preventive actions
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or if you use a tissue then discard the tissue and promptly wash your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if hands are not visibly soiled.
Extensive resources for the public are online at www.tchd.org/coronavirus including up-to-date facts; travel advisories; personal protection tips; and guidance for schools, childcare and businesses.
For questions about COVID-19 coronavirus disease or testing, 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.