COVID-19 Corona Virus - How You Can Prepare

05 Mar 2020 16:30 #11 by MountainTownAlerts
Breaking News from Summit Daily News:
St. Anthony Summit Medical Center patient the first to test positive for COVID-19 in Colorado

FRISCO — A patient being screened for the new coronavirus at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco tested positive, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

A test was performed by the state, which returned a presumptive positive result. The test will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for official confirmation. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Centura Health President and CEO Peter Banko are expected to address the case during a press conference at 4:45 p.m. The case represents the first known case of COVID-19 in the state.

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05 Mar 2020 17:14 #12 by ScienceChic
Governor Polis Livestream Press Briefing on Facebook

Governor Polis Livestream Press Briefing on Twitter

The patient was advised to go to lower altitude as this is a respiratory virus. He was transported in a private vehicle by his fiancee, and is now in isolation in a hospital in Jefferson County, as is his fiancee.

A 2nd, unrelated, presumptive positive patient has been identified. More to be shared on that later.

"Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -King T'Challa, Black Panther

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. ~Winston Churchill

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05 Mar 2020 17:36 #13 by ScienceChic
As mentioned, there is also a mumps outbreak happening in Keystone. Another way you can help prepare yourself and your family for this disease outbreak is to protect yourself from contracting a 2nd disease concurrently. Get caught up on all your vaccinations if you haven't already, especially the flu.

26 mumps cases reported in Keystone
24 of the 26 people infected are employees of Keystone employees.
Author: Associated Press | Published: February 26, 2020, Updated: February 27, 2020

KEYSTONE, Colo. — More than two dozen mumps cases, most of them among Keystone Resort employees, have been confirmed in Summit County, a nurse manager with Summit County Public Health (SCPH) said.


"Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -King T'Challa, Black Panther

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. ~Winston Churchill

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05 Mar 2020 18:53 #14 by homeagain
THANK YOU for your diligence and caring enough to make sure MMT community is informed....
too bad SOME posters believe it is hyperbole and hysterical reactions.

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07 Mar 2020 22:23 #15 by ScienceChic
We've officially topped 100,000 cases. 3,500+ dead worldwide; 417 cases and 15 deaths here in the U.S.
Johns Hopskins live tracking of COVID-19 Cases

"Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -King T'Challa, Black Panther

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. ~Winston Churchill
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08 Mar 2020 20:53 #16 by ScienceChic
EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

The EPA-registered disinfectant products on our Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 list have qualified under EPA's emerging viral pathogen program for use against SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. The emerging viral pathogen guidance was triggered for SARS-CoV-2 on January 29, 2020.

EPA strongly recommends following the product label use directions for enveloped viruses, as indicated by the approved emerging viral pathogen claim on the master label. If the directions for use for viruses/virucidal activity list different contact times or dilutions, use the longest contact time or most concentrated solution.

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"Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -King T'Challa, Black Panther

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. ~Winston Churchill
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09 Mar 2020 10:44 #17 by ScienceChic
I haven't verified the accuracy of this website which is scraping data and collating it into easy-to-follow displays, but it seems reliable given that they are transparent with sourcing and it's matching with what's reported by multiple sources in a current Google search:
COVID-19 in US and Canada Real Time Updates

The U.S. now has over 500 confirmed cases and 19 deaths as of Monday morning.

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment @CDPHE Mar 8
The spread of #COVID19 has led to the harmful spread of #stigma. Like any other virus, NO identity, community, ethnic, or racial group is more at risk for getting or spreading COVID-19. Help stop stigma by learning & sharing the facts. ow.ly/K7s450yFZhg #CoronavirusColorado


Jared Polis @GovofCO 17h
COVID-19 COLORADO UPDATE: The @CDPHE state lab identified no new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Colorado on Sunday, March 8. From 5 p.m. last night to 4 p.m. today, the state completed 39 tests. The number of confirmed cases in the state remains at 8.

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CDC Travel Notices

The effect of travel restrictions on the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Cite as: M. Chinazzi et al., Science 6 March 2020
10.1126/science.aba9757 (2020).

We show that by 23 January 2020, the epidemic had already spread to other cities within Mainland China. The travel quarantine around Wuhan has only modestly delayed the epidemic spread to other areas of Mainland China. This is in agreement with separate studies on the diffusion of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Mainland China (27, 35, 36). The model indicates that while the Wuhan travel ban was initially effective at reducing international case importations, the number of cases observed outside Mainland China will resume its growth after 2-3 weeks from cases that originated elsewhere. Furthermore, the modeling study shows that additional travel limitations up to 90% of the traffic have a modest effect unless paired with public health interventions and behavioral changes that achieve a considerable reduction in the disease transmissibility (37). The model also indicates that even in the presence of the strong travel restrictions in place to and from Mainland China since 23 January 2020, a large number of individuals exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 have been traveling internationally without being detected. Moving forward we expect that travel restrictions to COVID-19 affected areas will have modest effects, and that transmission-reduction interventions will provide the greatest benefit to mitigate the epidemic.


"Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -King T'Challa, Black Panther

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. ~Winston Churchill
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09 Mar 2020 11:46 #18 by homeagain
www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-...-is-major-death-risk


Information coming out of Wuhan top doctors,as they experience the learning curve on this virus...
BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION) is becoming a major factor of fatalities......THEY have
the numbers and the capability to accumulate data....just now seeing the trending traits.

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10 Mar 2020 11:15 #19 by ScienceChic
Gov. Jared Polis declares state of emergency in response to coronavirus outbreak
There are now at least 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, in Colorado
Jesse Paul @jesseapaul, The Colorado Sun — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Published on Mar 10, 2020 9:58AM MDT

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in response to the state’s coronavirus outbreak.

There are now at least 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, in Colorado. Four new cases were announced on Monday alone and a fifth was being further investigated after inconclusive test results. Three more cases were announced on Tuesday, including Eagle, Gunnison and Arapahoe counties.

One of those new cases from Monday was a Larimer County woman in her 50s who has been diagnosed with pneumonia, a complication of the virus that can be deadly.

“There will be more confirmed cases,” Polis predicted. “We’re going to get through this together.”

As part of his emergency declaration, the governor ordered his Department of Labor and Employment to provide paid leave to workers in the food, hospitality, childcare, medical and education fields while they await coronavirus testing if they exhibit flu-like symptoms. He also ordered the Department of Revenue to allow Coloradans 65 and older to temporarily renew their driver’s licenses online.

Evergreen FireRescue @efr_co 15m
How is Evergreen Fire Rescue preparing for and responding to COVID 19? Learn more!


COVID-19 Response from West Metro Fire - VIDEO
March 9, 2020

As we see more cases of COVID-19 around the country and here in Colorado, West Metro is changing the way we respond to medical calls in an effort to stop the spread of the virus, keeping our community and our firefighters safe.
Remember- to contact your primary care doctor if you have non-life-threatening symptoms.

Teller County Sheriff's Office
March 7, 2020

Training Cancellation Notice

As a critical first responder agency, the Divide Fire Station has been notified to assume Public Health Event Level 1 procedures. Those procedures include a restriction on allowing public meetings, training events or other non-essential personnel in the building. We're sorry for this inconvenience but we must cancel use of the building for training until further notice.

**Unfortunately, we have to cancel CPR class on Saturday, the 14th and Stop the Bleed on Sunday, the 29th . We apologize for the inconvenience. Feel free to contact me if you have questions and thanks! Deputy Bunting

From Lake George Fire Protection District:

Lake George Fire Protection District will also be limiting public access as well to keep our responders healthy to be able to take care of you!


"Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -King T'Challa, Black Panther

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. ~Winston Churchill
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10 Mar 2020 18:32 #20 by MountainTownAlerts
Posted on: March 10, 2020
First Jefferson County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has been notified that the State Laboratory at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has confirmed the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in a Jefferson County resident. The individual is a man in his 50s. He is currently isolated in a medical facility and is in stable condition.

Because the testing was done at the state level, the case is a “presumptive positive” and results will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.

“We wish this patient a quick and complete recovery. JCPH is working closely with CDPHE to identify close contacts and continue this active investigation,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Executive Director at JCPH. “As the situation around COVID-19 develops, we will continue to work together and do everything we can to keep our community as safe, healthy and informed as possible.”

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. JCPH urges our community to practice important everyday actions to prevent the disease and help stop its spread:
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, throw the tissue away and then wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face including your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid being around anyone with cold- or flu-like symptoms.
  • If you’re sick, stay home and away from public places.
  • Get a flu shot if you have not had yours yet.
“We have been working hard since the emergence of COVID-19 to organize a swift and seamless response once we began seeing cases in Colorado,” said Christine Billings, Incident Commander and Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator at JCPH. “Though of course, we wish we could prevent all spread of disease, it is through the collaborative efforts of our national, state and local partners — and our residents — that we’re able to appropriately respond when the inevitable does happen.”

JCPH also encourages individuals and organizations to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in our community. Here are tips from CDC for preparing at home, at work, at large gatherings and more. Guidance for pre-pandemic COVID-19 preparedness is also available at www.ready.gov .

If you are feeling ill with symptoms associated with COVID-19, like cough, fever or difficulty breathing:

Manage your symptoms at home the same way you manage other cold symptoms. We want to reduce the risk of transmission, so to the extent possible, people with flu-like symptoms should remain at home.
If you need medical care, contact your health care provider and schedule a visit. Let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
Only contact 911 for emergencies requiring immediate life-saving care and let them know if you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
Restrict visits to the hospital emergency room or urgent care — only individuals needing immediate care should visit these facilities. If you must visit an ER or urgent care facility, call ahead and let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
For general questions about COVID-19, call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for answers in English, Spanish, Mandarin more.

Additional Resources:

JCPH: www.jeffco.us/coronavirus
CDPHE: www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus
CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
About Jefferson County Public Health

Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit www.jeffco.us/public-health . You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.

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