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Posted on: March 11, 2020

Two Additional Jefferson County Residents Test Positive for COVID-19

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Two passengers aboard a cruise, who are Jefferson County residents, have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals are a male and female, both in their 70s. They were exposed to the virus during international travel. The residents are currently in isolation at home.

“Our team is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to further investigate these cases,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Executive Director, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH). “We hope these patients recover quickly and completely. The health and safety of the public is our number one priority and we are working around the clock to protect our community from this virus.”

JCPH urges our community to practice important everyday actions to prevent the disease and help stop its spread:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, throw the tissue away and then wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face including your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid being around anyone with cold- or flu-like symptoms.
  • If you’re sick, stay home and away from public places.
  • Get a flu shot if you have not had yours yet.

If you are feeling ill with symptoms associated with COVID-19, like cough, fever or difficulty breathing:

  • Manage your symptoms at home the same way you manage other cold symptoms. We want to reduce the risk of transmission, so to the extent possible, people with flu-like symptoms should remain at home.
  • If you need medical care, contact your health care provider and schedule a visit. Let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
  • Only contact 911 for emergencies requiring immediate life-saving care and let them know if you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
  • Restrict visits to the hospital emergency room or urgent care — only individuals needing immediate care should visit these facilities. If you must visit an ER or urgent care facility, call ahead and let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.

For general questions about COVID-19, call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email [email protected], for answers in English, Spanish, Mandarin more.

Please also view a community briefing with Jefferson County officials on how our county is working to keep our community healthy and safe.

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About Jefferson County Public Health

Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.

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