March 07, 2020

Coronavirus Update / March 7

Dear Friends,

This week, the first cases of COVID-19 testing "presumptive positive" were discovered in Colorado. Two positive test results were received on Thursday night and the other 6 were received last night. The cases are considered a “presumptive positive” because testing was conducted at the state level and these cases have now been sent to the CDC for official confirmation.

Five of the current cases are linked to international travel and the others are undergoing thorough investigation by local health officials. When cases test positive, the individual and their close contacts like family members and roommates are asked to voluntarily “isolate” (isolation is in the case of a person with a positive COVID test) or “quarantine” themselves (quarantine is if there is a suspected exposure), while the state or local public health agency work to identify other possible contacts.

The spread of Coronavirus into Colorado is understandably concerning. Although at this point these cases appear to be isolated incidents and unrelated, I am in close communication with state and medical officials who are well-prepared to respond to a possible outbreak. 

The safety and well-being of my constituents and your loved ones is of greatest importance to me and my staff and we are doing everything we can to collect and disseminate accurate information on detection, prevention and response. As with any public health crisis, I urge all Coloradans to seek accurate, validated information and heed the recommendations of local, state, and federal officials to protect themselves from the virus.

You can read the full update on the first cases here. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment is updating the current number of completed and pending tests daily. You can view those numbers here.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT DETECTION AND PREVENTION 

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 a tissue or your elbow or sleeve to cover coughs and sneezes 
  • Stay home if you’re sick; keep your children home if they are sick. Talk to your employer about working from home if necessary.

If you have any symptoms and are concerned, you should contact a health care provider. Symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath. 

RESOURCES FOR COLORADANS: 

People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019, can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email  COHELP@RMPDC.org

Other reliable sources of information:

Please reach out if you have any questions. We are here to help and can connect you to the needed state, federal and medical resources. 

Sincerely,  
Congressman Joe Neguse