CROWLEY COUNTY, Colo. – An “elderly” resident of Crowley County who had several chronic medical conditions is the fourth known death from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Colorado, county health officials said Thursday afternoon.
The Otero County Health Department issued the notice about the resident who had died and tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. The county only said the patient lived in Crowley County, was elderly and “had other multiple, chronic medical conditions, was in the high risk group.”
Richard Ritter, the Executive Director of the Otero County Health Department, said members of his department were in Crowley County doing contact investigations. He said, “quarantine is being ordered as I write this.”
“I am committed to being transparent to the communities in Crowley and Otero Counties, so that is why I am releasing this before confirmatory testing, which could be many days away due to severe laboratory overload,” Ritter said.
The counties have a phone line – 719-383-3050 – available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday to answer residents’ questions. Anyone who gets to the voicemail should leave a message and will be called back.
Crowley County sits east of Pueblo in southeastern Colorado.
The death is the second reported in Colorado so far on Thursday. Earlier in the day, El Paso County said a man in his 60s, who had contact with an El Paso County woman in her 80s who died of the virus, had also died as a result of COVID-19.
The state is expected to release updated COVID-19 in Colorado numbers on Thursday afternoon.
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Published at Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:39:20 +0000