Mar 11, 2020
(Denver, CO) - A City and County of Denver employee at Denver International Airport (DEN) has received a presumptive positive test for COVID-19 at the state laboratory. This test must be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The employee is symptomatic and is isolated from others. In partnership with local public health agencies, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) is performing its due diligence to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 by tracing all contacts the employee may have had, and identifying individuals who may have been exposed. Individuals considered by public health officials to have been exposed – meaning that they have had close and extended contact with this individual when symptomatic - have been contacted.
“Our priority is to ensure the health and well-being of our community, and that includes City and County of Denver employees,” said Bob McDonald, Director of the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment. “It’s important to remember that this is a dynamic situation that requires tremendous flexibility in response. Our plans and tactics will change as the situation evolves and we have new information and strategies.”
Several Denver first responders have been notified of a recent exposure during a routine response to an individual who later tested presumptive positive to COVID-19.
All first responders involved have been interviewed by DDPHE and Denver Public Health (DPH) and have received guidance appropriate to each situation. That guidance ranges from self-monitoring for symptoms to restrictions from work for up to 14 days.
With an employee population of some 13,000 and increased local capability to test for COVID-19, we expect to identify additional employees throughout the city, and we will update the public regularly. The personal information of those affected by COVID-19 will not be shared publicly.
For more information on Denver’s response to COVID-19, protection, and prevention, please visit our website.