March 17, 2020

Congressman Neguse Releases Statement on Coronavirus Cases at Loveland North Shore Health & Rehab Facility

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Joe Neguse released the below statement in response to news of a resident and staff member testing positive for coronavirus at North Shore Health & Rehab Facility in Loveland. Due to the high-risk nature of residents in the facility, a team of infection preventionists and epidemiologists from CDC and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have been working closely with LCDHE and providing on-site technical assistance and support regarding case investigation, infection prevention, healthcare worker safety assessments, and personal protective equipment.

“I am closely monitoring the situation at North Shore Health & Rehab and am grateful for CDPHE and our Larimer Health officials for working expeditiously to maintain the spread of the coronavirus to other vulnerable residents at this facility. As this crisis worsens we must continue to take the proper precautions, help the elderly and vulnerable members of our community and ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the public health and safety.”

“In Colorado, we are resilient. At the local level, and state level, we have already seen tremendous initiative and leadership to protect our communities. We will get through this together. I urge everyone to continue to comply with the guidance of our state and local health departments, to make wise and practical decisions and to take this public health crisis seriously.”

Last week, the state of Colorado announced a state of emergency to provide additional flexibility and resources to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. Colorado has instructed insurance companies to waive fees related to Coronavirus testing and recovery and offered employees in food preparation, hospitality, childcare, education and healthcare paid leave should they need to skip work to get tested or be quarantined. Additionally, Governor Polis has opened the nation’s first drive-thru testing site, to make testing more efficient and isolated. Other actions have been taken at the state level to expand the healthcare workforce, including authorizing every EMT and paramedic in the state to administer the test, asking doctors and nurses who are currently out of the workforce or are retired to reconnect with their past employers and cutting red tape on licensing so medical professionals with out-of-state licenses can be licensed in Colorado as soon as possible. 

Congressman Neguse will host a telephone town hall briefing with local public health officials on Wednesday, March 18th at 6:15pm to answer questions from constituents about the coronavirus and community and state-level prevention methods.