Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19)

Montrose County has gotten back its first positive test for coronavirus-19 (COVID-19), officials announced Friday evening. According to the Delta County Health Department, there have been no positive tests in Delta County reported to the health department.

The Montrose patient is a 39-year-old male who is in self-isolation at home as he recuperates. Montrose County Public Health is working to determine with whom he was in contact over the past two weeks and will be reaching out to those people. County officials were not immediately aware of whether the patient had traveled recently.

 "This individual is currently in self-isolation," Montrose County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Communicable Disease Specialist Lisa Gallegos said. "We hope this individual recovers quickly and that there limited spread in Montrose County. Systems are in place to address the needs of the affected individual."   

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) publishes virus statistics each day, based on information available before 4 p.m. The Montrose County positive test result was not known before that time, and therefore is not reflected in that data.

San Miguel County also announced its first positive COVID-19 test on Friday. San Miguel County is under a “shelter in place” public health order that directs residents to stay home as much as possible, and restricts businesses to essential operations.

If you are feeling ill with symptoms 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 via phone. Let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.

● Only contact 9-1-1 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.

COVID-19 information and guidance are changing quickly. For more information, visit covid19.colorado.gov. Call the call center taking COVID-19 questions at 970-874-2172. The call center number is helping to relieve the burden of calls from the hospital and urgent care. More information can also be found at the DCI website at deltacountyindependent.com.

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