• Elbert County, COVID-19 Update - April 10, 2020

    We are aware of two new cases of COVID-19 in Elbert County. One is a female in her teens, while the other is a male in his 60s. Both are residents of the county. These cases represents the tenth and eleventh known cases of COVID-19 in the county. Stacey Rinehart, our Environmental Health Specialist, will complete CDC Case Reports on these incidents. As the volume of testing continues to increase, we will undoubtedly see additional cases in Elbert County. We have yet to test a statistically significant number of Colorado residents to best inform the scope and direction of statewide exposure to the virus. For perspective, last week we were aware of six cases of COVID-19, along with the following statewide data that was reported on April 2:

    • 3,278 confirmed cases
    • 710 hospitalizations
    • 51 of 64 counties affected
    • 97 deaths

    In last night’s report (April 9), the data has grown to the following numbers:

    • 6,202 confirmed cases (a 66.4% increase from previous week)
    • 1,221 hospitalizations (72% increase)
    • 56 of 64 counties affected
    • 226 deaths (133% increase)

    The number of hospitalizations are serving as a key indicator for tracking the epidemic. Fatalities resulting from COVID-19 are being driven by patients at nursing homes and senior care facilities, which account for approximately one-third of all deaths. At least 122 of Colorado’s coronavirus-related deaths have been among people 80 and older.

    If you live or work in Adams, Arapahoe, or Douglas counties and would like to better understand the status of COVID-19 in those counties, Tri-County Health Department has created a very informative webpage that updates at 6:00 p.m. daily with data by county, date, jurisdiction, age, hospitalization, and pre-existing conditions. Find it at www.tchd.org/823/Case-Updates

    Yesterday Governor Polis signed an Executive Order extending the disaster emergency declaration for COVID-19 for an additional 30 days. The disaster declaration allows Colorado to access additional resources, temporarily waives procurement statutes for purchases related to COVID-19, and authorizes the implementation of the State’s Crisis Standards of Care plan. Read the Executive Order here. The Governor also signed an Executive Order extending deadlines for state severance taxes. This is a one-time extension from April 15, 2020 until May 15, 2020. Read the Executive Order here. 

    CDPHE has produced a wealth of COVID-19 resources for schools, communities, and workplaces. These recommendations will provide the necessary guidance on how to protect our communities. Find them at https://covid19.colorado.gov/schools-workplaces-community.

    As a reminder, if you think you have COVID-19, staying at home is the best treatment unless you are seriously ill. Isolate yourself from others, even in your home. Get fluids and rest and call your doctor if you get seriously ill. The key symptom that people in China had when they were getting sick with this new coronavirus was a fever. Some who later tested positive for the illness also experienced a cough, shortness of breath and gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea and diarrhea. Medical experts note that 80% of people who are infected with COVID-19 will experience a mild to moderate form of the illness. If you have it, evidence shows that it’s an approximately 14-day course. The best thing to do once you think you have it is to check the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and look for what their recommendations are for isolating at home, and follow them.

    Dwayne Smith, MEd, MCHES®, CPST
    Administrator, Elbert County Public Health