BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
On March 9, Tri-County Health Department reported the first “presumptive positive” test for COVID-19 in Arapahoe County. A Centennial resident came up positive in initial testing done at the state level. Tri-County is working closely with the state Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE) as it awaits confirmation of the test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The patient is a woman in her 30s who recently traveled to India. “We are just learning of this positive test from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and will begin our contact investigation to determine if there were any other potential exposures,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department.” Tri-County will provide updates on its website, https://www.tchd.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=354, as additional information becomes available.
All residents are advised to follow CDC guidelines about hand-washing, avoid people who have respiratory sickness, and use good judgment about international travel. Those who are more susceptible to illness due to age and/or preexisting conditions should take extra precautions.
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