COVID-19 hits NE corner

This corner of the state has six positive COVID-19 test results, reported the Northeast Colorado Health Department in a Sunday, March 22, press release.

The first was a Yuma County resident, reported by NCHD on Wednesday, March 18.

That case was followed by three in Morgan County and two in Logan County.

Several test results from northeast Colorado are pending, so the number of confirmed cases is likely to increase, said NCHD.

The department reminds local residents that NCHD and local hospitals have been preparing for this situation. “We will continue to monitor each case, continue to assess suspected cases, identify people who may have been exposed, and determine the need for isolation, quarantine or other restrictions of movement,” said NCHD.

On Monday, March 23, the NCHD Board of Health signed a resolution declaring a local public health emergency for the special district of NCHD. “We are taking this important administrative measure to ensure our rural public health district is eligible for state and federal funding that may become available for the COVID-19 pandemic response,” said director Trish McClain in a press release.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website, covid19.colorado.gov/case-data, as of Monday afternoon, March 23, Colorado has 720 COVID-19 cases in 31 counties. Cases include people who test positive as well as people who have symptoms and are a close contact to someone who tested positive.

In Colorado, 6,224 people have been tested, 72 people have been hospitalized, and there have been seven deaths.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all 50 states have reported positive COVID-19 cases. On Monday, cases totaled 33,404, including 400 deaths.

Globally, 334,981 cases have been confirmed as of Monday afternoon, and there have been 14,652 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. COVID-19 has made its way to 190 countries since it was first detected in China Dec. 31, 2019.

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