Jeffco up to nine confirmed COVID-19 cases

No word yet on a confirmed case of community spread within the county

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UPDATED 12 p.m. Saturday, March 14

The latest daily update from CDPHE lists a total of 9 individuals in Jefferson County with state-confirmed cases of COVID-19. The state has stopped giving individual case details at this stage, so the age, and condition of the new cases is unknown.

UPDATED 12 p.m. Friday, March 13

Two new cases were announced for Jefferson County, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

UPDATED  1:37 p.m. Thursday, March 12

A Jeffco man in his 50s that was exposed to COVID-19 during international travel has tested positive for the virus, Jefferson County Public Health announced Thursday.

“As we receive notification from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) that a resident has tested positive for this illness, our epidemiologists immediately begin investigating. This includes following up with the individual to determine any close contacts that could have been exposed, among other steps to protect public health,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Executive Director, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH). “We hope this patient gets well soon and has a full recovery.”

UPDATED 12:58 p.m. Wednesday, March 11

Two more Jefferson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to three.

Early Wednesday afternoon, Jefferson County Public Health announced that the newest positive cases are a man and a woman in their 70s. The individuals were exposed to COVID-19 during an international cruise and are currently in isolation at their home.

It is also recommended that residents view a video of a community briefing about how county officials are working to keep the county safe. 

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has identified the first case of COVID-19 in a Jefferson County resident.

On Tuesday, Jefferson County Public Health was notified that CDPHE’s state laboratory had confirmed that a Jeffco man in his 50s had tested positive for the virus. According to a release, the man is isolated in a medical facility and in stable condition.

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 (CDC) for confirmation.

“We wish this patient a quick and complete recovery,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, the Executive Director at JCPH. “JCPH is working closely with CDPHE to identify close contacts and continue this active investigation. As the situation around COVID-19 develops, we will continue to work together and do everything we can to keep our community as safe, healthy and informed as possible.”

Christine Billings, the Incident Commander and Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator at JCPH, said the agency has been working to organize its response to COVID-19 since the emergence of the disease.

“Though of course, we wish we could prevent all spread of disease, it is through the collaborative efforts of our national, state and local partners — and our residents — that we’re able to appropriately respond when the inevitable does happen,” Billings said in the release.

MORE: Q and A with Billings over how to approach the threat of COVID-19

JCPH is encouraging individuals and organizations to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in our community. The CDC has posted tips for preparing at home, at work, at large gatherings and more. Guidance for pre-pandemic COVID-19 preparedness is also available at www.ready.gov.

According to the JCPH website, JCPH is currently unable to test for COVID-19. Those who have symptoms are asked to contact their healthcare provider.

17 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Colorado as of Wednesday morning.

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