The COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow in Colorado, with parts of ski country getting hit hard. An important update from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment instructed people that have been in Eagle County (home to Vail), Summit County (home to Breckenridge), Pitkin County (home to Aspen resorts), and Gunnison County (home to Crested Butte) within the past week to “minimize contact with other people, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.”
UPDATE: Anyone who has been in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, or Gunnison counties in the past week should minimize all contact with other people, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. Specific recommendations here: https://t.co/fh6P6xOhTN
— Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (@CDPHE) March 15, 2020
The cases present in the aforementioned counties is distributed as follows: Eagle (22 + 2 out of state visitors), Gunnison (8), Pitkin (2 + 9 out of state visitors), and Summit (1*). See additional details about this breakdown here.
*At one point, it was reported that 2 cases were present in Summit County. It is unclear if this second patient has recovered or has been moved.
Gov. Polis previously stated that resort and ski communities were expected to get hit first. With many of the early COVID-19 cases in the U.S. being travel related, the ski town’s role as a tourist destination was expected to be problematic. Gov. Polis ordered all ski resorts in the state to shut down over the weekend.
Four additional cases were announced in Boulder, bringing the statewide total to 135 as of Monday morning.
It has also been recommended that all events expecting 50 or more should be canceled or postponed for eight weeks.
To best protect public health, we are recommending that Coloradans follow the CDC guidance released today. The CDC recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50+ people throughout the U.S.https://t.co/xGolOknYRz
— Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (@CDPHE) March 16, 2020
It was also announced yesterday that a King Soopers employee had tested positive for COVID-19. Additional details were released, including that the employee worked at a Denver area store, specifically the 1950 Chestnut Place location.
This is a developing story.
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