Grand County Identifies Death Associated with COVID-19
GRAND COUNTY, CO – On June 27, 2020, Grand County Public Health (GCPH) was made aware of a confirmed positive test of an individual who had recently passed away. The test was conducted by the Donor Alliance after the autopsy was performed by the Grand County Coroner. The cause of death is still under investigation. Out of respect for the deceased and their family, GCPH will not disclose additional information about the individual who has passed away.
At this point in the investigation, GCPH has conducted an assessment and provided guidance for those who have been deemed high-risk contacts. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide more information in the coming days. “Our condolences go out to the family and friends of this individual,” GCPH Director Brene Belew-LaDue stated.
GCPH wants to emphasize the importance of taking the necessary precautions to protect each other. We all have a role to play in limiting the spread of this virus.
Steps that everyone can take to slow the spread of the virus include:
• Minimize non-essential travel and recreate responsibly
• Limit gatherings to small groups, do not congregate
• Anyone showing signs or symptoms of being sick must stay home
• Employers conduct symptom screenings of all employees daily
• Limit, where possible, all high and medium risk interactions
• Practice good personal hygiene (wash hands frequently, cover coughs, do not touch your face)
• Wear face coverings in public areas
• Protect our vulnerable populations like the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions
• Maintain 6-foot distancing from others
• Increase ventilation as much as possible in all facilities
• Frequent sanitation of high touch surfaces
• Use cleaning and sanitizing products that meet EPA standards and CDC requirements
We must continue working together and taking each day and challenge as they come. It is important to remember that it is every individual’s personal and professional responsibility to make the right decisions and hold each other to the safest standards possible. Please continue practicing these preventative measures to protect yourself and others.