Fourth COVID-19 Case in Baca County

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 4/01/20 Baca County Update: Positive County Case

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 Hello to all.  The Baca County Public Health Agency (BCPHA) has received a lab report on another resident from Baca County that has tested positive to COVID-19.  This will be the 4th positive case in Baca County

Out of respect for patient privacy, we will only release the following information (No other information will be released at this time):

  • The person
    • was placed into quarantine while awaiting test results.
    • was tested because they had symptoms and been in contact with a known positive COVID 19 person in another area.
    • was placed into isolation after receiving test results and will remain in isolation until 10 days from symptom onset AND 72 hours of being fever free AND patient has improvement of symptoms.
    • is recovering
    • is a resident of Baca County.

A thorough epidemiological investigation is currently underway, with absolute priority given to contact investigations, risk assessments, and isolation/quarantine information (disease control and containment measures) based upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Here is what you can do right now:

  • COMPLY WITH ALL PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS CURRENTLY IN PLACE, INCLUDING THE NEW “STAY AT HOME” ORDER.  THE STATE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS CAN BE FOUND HEREhttps://covid19.colorado.gov/public-health-executive-orders-explained
  • If you are in a high risk group, take extra
  • Cover your cough and/or sneeze.
  • Keep your fingers and hands away from your face.
  • Wash your hands a lot.
  • Remember not everyone with COVID-19 symptoms needs a test or will be able to be tested, please go to https://covid19.colorado.gov/testing for more information about testing.
  • Stay informed by trusted and reliable sources.
  • Be careful about believing what you read on social media sites.
  • If you are sick, please call your healthcare provider and they will provide you with instructions on what to do next.  If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call Southeast Colorado Hospital District at (719) 523-6628.  ALWAYS call your healthcare provider FIRST before you go to the office, so they can give you instructions.
  • Only go to the Emergency Room (ER) if it is an emergency.  Only you can decide if it is truly an emergency or not, but emergencies typically are life threatening and time sensitive.

My community updates and other information can be found at the following website: https://www.bacacountyco.gov