March 05, 2020

Congressman Neguse Statement on First “Presumptive Positive” Cases of Coronavirus in Colorado

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Joe Neguse issued this statement following Governor Polis’s announcement this evening that the first two cases of COVID-19 testing “presumptive positive” have been discovered in Colorado:

“The spread of coronavirus into Colorado and into Summit County 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 wellbeing 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.”

Currently 94 individuals have been tested in Colorado for COVID-19, with 30 tests pending. Colorado is testing people who develop symptoms after traveling to an affected area or having close contact with a person who had COVID-19, and people who were hospitalized for respiratory symptoms and tested negative for more common viruses like the flu. 

Coloradans are recommended to call the state’s COVID-19 hotline, 877-462-2911, or visit colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus for more information.