El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) is reporting that the State Laboratory has confirmed the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in El Paso County. Because the testing was done at the state level, the case is a “presumptive positive” and results will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. EPCPH will be holding a press conference at 4:30 p.m. today at Centennial Hall (200 S. Cascade Ave.) to provide more information.
The individual is a male in his 40s, with a recent travel history to California. He is currently isolated at home and in stable condition. EPCPH is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to identify close contacts and continue this active investigation.
“We hope he is able to make a full and quick recovery,” said Susan Wheelan, EPCPH Director. “Protecting the health of our community is our top priority, and we are doing everything possible to make sure the public is safe.”
EPCPH continues to work closely with local, state and federal partners to assure a streamlined response and help prevent further spread of disease in our community.
“Now, more than ever, we want to remind people to focus on the steps they can take to help prevent the spread of disease,” said Dr. Robin Johnson, EPCPH Medical Director. “The best thing you can do is remain calm, practice good hygiene, and stay home if you are sick.”
EPCPH reminds the public to:
- Wash your hands frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
EPCPH also encourages residents to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19:
- El Paso County Public Health COVID-19 website
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 website
- CDC COVID-19 website
- Call CO HELP at 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org