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Public Health Announces Five New Positive COVID-19 Cases
Two Related to a Previous Positive Case
Media Contact: Mike Bordogna, County Manager, 970.728.3844, email@example.com
Kiera Skinner, Public Information Consultant, firstname.lastname@example.org
(June 17, 2020) – San Miguel County, CO --- County Public Health Officials announced today five new positive COVID-19 cases. Two of the new cases were close contacts related with the positive case that was announced last week, and three are independent cases. Public Health has notified these individuals and is in the process of contact tracing. Four of the new cases were local area residents. One was a worker from a nearby county.
The new cases raise concern, as these cases are not related to each other and have occurred over a short timeframe. This is a component factored into the overall metrics that determine the public health COVID response. Public Health officials will continue monitoring all other metrics including testing, contact tracing, and capacity but do not currently see this as an indication to tighten measures.
“These new positive cases are a reminder that we must remain diligent as a community to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “If we want to keep opening our economy, it is crucial to adjust our individual practices by wearing face coverings, social distancing, avoiding group gatherings and practicing good hygiene.”
Risk of infection is based on proximity, time of exposure, and how contagious the positive person is. If safe precautions are maintained, risk of exposure is minimized. Higher risk situations that determine a person to be a “close contact” include being within six-feet of the infected individual for more than ten minutes without a mask or sharing items such as drinks.
Any questions should be directed to San Miguel County Public Health at 970.728.4289.
For up to date coronavirus information visit: https://www.sanmiguelcountyco.gov/coronavirus