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3/30/2020 #1 Crowley/Otero Update: Positive Otero County Case.


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Hello to all. The Otero County Health Department (OCHD) has received a lab report on another resident from Otero County that has tested positive to COVID-19. This will be the 3rd positive in Otero County.


To date, we have 1 positive from Crowley County and 3 positives from Otero County.


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


ü The patient


o was placed into isolation after receiving the positive test results


o is a resident of Otero County


o age: 80s


o is recovering


Our epidemiological contact investigation found no links to the other cases, so this is more evidence of limited community spread. Please stay tuned.


What can you do RIGHT NOW:


ü Read, understand, and comply with all public health orders! Public health orders can be found here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/public-health-executive-orders-explained


ü Stay home if you are sick and, if needed, call your medical provider.


ü If you are in a high risk group, take extra precautions.


ü Cover your cough and/or sneeze.


ü Keep your fingers and hands away from your face.


ü Wash your hands a lot.


ü Stay informed by trusted and reliable sources. Be careful about believing what you read on social media sites. Trusted sources/websites:


o OCHD: https://www.oterogov.com


o Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov


o CO State Health Department: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe


ü Do these things so you will be prepared, and not scared.


Until the next update,


Richard Ritter, Executive Director


Otero County Health Department


13 West 3rd Street, Room 111


La Junta, Colorado 81050


719-383-3045 (Office)


719-383-3060 (Fax)


rritter@oterogov.org