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Two additional Douglas County residents test positive for COVID-19

New cases are not related to the first two cases in Colorado announced yesterday

Posted on March 6, 2020 2020Public Health

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Douglas County today received notification from Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) of two additional residents in the County that have tested positive for COVID-19.

The County now has a confirmed total of three cases. Two cases are located in the Castle Rock area and one in Highlands Ranch.

“Both of these new cases are from known international exposure, have mild illnesses, and are isolated at home, not in a hospital. There is no indication of additional community exposure at this time. Tri-County Health Department staff is monitoring the people who may have been exposed,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department.

The cases are each 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 work with each family and to protect the health and safety of Coloradans.

At the advice of Tri-County Health, if you are feeling ill with symptoms of cough, fever, difficulty breathing similar to those associated with COVID-19:

CDC’s testing guidance includes three types of people:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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 [email protected], for answers in English, Spanish, Chinese, and more.

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