The news of a multi-jurisdictional outbreak in the Roaring Fork Valley this week created a demand for testing from patrons and community members who were showing no symptoms of the virus.
Pitkin, Garfield, and Eagle have been working together to investigate, contact trace, and quarantine cases related to this outbreak, and anyone who has had exposure to someone with COVID-19 illness associated with this outbreak will be contacted through this process. Public Health, through the contact tracing process, will then make recommendations for testing in regard to risk exposure.
Public Health officials understand the concern of patrons of any business who worry about their chances of exposure and agree that because we are in a pandemic, the chance of exposure in any public setting is real. When outbreaks like this one
occur, public health works closely with the establishment to ensure that the business safety plans are reviewed and followed.
Officials remind the public that the best thing that any of us can do, whether we’ve have gone out to dinner or gathered with friends for a birthday party is to continue to practice the Five Commitments of Containment including impeccable hand washing, wearing a mask in public, social distancing, staying home if sick and seeking testing if you have symptoms. This not only protects you, it protects employees who are serving you.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is encouraged to call their health care provider and arrange for testing.