Mar 6, 2020
Denver Public Health & Environment continues to monitor and respond to potential cases
As of today, the City and County of Denver has identified two residents who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, via the testing process overseen by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). These individuals are considered “presumptive positive” until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirm the cases. Both individuals are symptomatic and isolated, but do not require hospitalization at this time.
Additionally, several individuals have been quarantined or will be quarantined soon. These individuals are not symptomatic. With new guidance from the CDC, providers are able to test patients independently of public health departments, so statistics regarding the number of presumptive positive cases are expected to change.
Residents of Denver need to remember:
If you are feeling ill with symptoms similar to those associated with COVID-19:
CDC's testing guidance includes three types of people:
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment is coordinating with other local public health agencies, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our goal is to ensure accurate information is provided to the public.
DDPHE is working with city leadership to ensure that public health and safety measures are ready to be implemented in the event of a local outbreak with community transmission. Those measures could include limiting large gatherings and encouraging employers to allow for employees to work from home whenever possible.
For general questions, the public can call CO HELP at 1-877-462-2911 to be connected with a local public health representative or visit denvergov.org/dphe.