Rafters enjoy a day on the Gunnison River near Gunnison on May 17. The Gunnison is flowing at about 80 percent of its normal volume for this time of year. Overall, Colorado’s snowpack is melting faster than usual. Along with lower river flows the presence of COVID-19 is creating challenges for commercial river running companies as well as private boaters. Photo Credit: Dean Krakel, Special to Fresh Water News.

The Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment is warning rafters, patrons, and employees who may have visited Royal Gorge Rafting and Zip Line Tours and Whitewater Bar & Grill of a possible public exposure to COVID-19. This type of exposure notice is issued when an outbreak has occurred at a particular location.

The FCDPHE warned of possible exposure to the virus from Monday, July 13th to Sunday, July19th in a Facebook post on Tuesday stating that "anyone who was on the property during this time should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for at least 14 days."

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea and typically appear two to 14 days following exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the number of positive cases linked back to the facility remains unclear, anyone showing symptoms or that tests positive for the virus is urged to stay home and away from others.

The staff at the property containing Royal Gorge Rafting and Zip Line Tours and Whitewater Bar & Grill are following public health recommendations including social distancing, masks requirements, and symptom checks. At this point, no employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Fremont County, home to Canon City, has experienced three more outbreaks of the virus, including at the Cañon Lodge (now resolved), the Arrowhead Correctional Facility (currently active), and the Colorado State Penitentiary (currently active). This brings the total number of outbreaks in the mountain county to four, according to county health officials. 

An outbreak is defined by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 at a facility or non-household group with onset in a 14-day period. An outbreak is considered over or "resolved" when 28 days have passed with no new cases of the illness. 

Outdoor recreation destinations are no stranger to the virus. In July, an outbreak was reported among workers at Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs. 

Free testing is available at FCDPHE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 719-276-7450. For more testing information, click here.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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