6/2/20 COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UPDATE

The data represented below is provided by Montrose County and represents the most accurate information for the county at this time.

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Montrose County Public Health reports 15 new positive cases since the last report (5/29). The data is now broken down by date, age range, antibody test results (IgG+ and IgM+), and male/female. Today is the first report of the county’s move to bi-weekly reporting (Tuesday and Thursday). As a result of this restructuring of data, the positive IgG and IgM results have been removed from confirmed tests and will be listed separately. Additionally, the county is tracking probable cases (per CDPHE definition) in a separate total and definitions of those cases are listed below.

Public health has seen an increase in asymptomatic positive cases. If you are having symptoms–even mild symptoms–please call your primary care provider or public health at 970-252-4545. Do not go to work or out in the public if you are feeling sick.

The Montrose County School District (MCSD) is continuing weekday summer meal pick-up program through August 7, 2020 and has consolidated distribution sites; meals can be picked up at Montrose High School and Olathe Elementary School from 11 AM to 1 PM Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). MCSD is proud to partner with Help-4-Hope Montrose, who have donated free vouchers toward meals (for four people) at local restaurants. Families in need can request a free meal card by email at Help4Hope@mcsd.org, via private Facebook message on the MCSD Facebook page, or through voicemail at 970.249.7726. Your information will remain confidential and vouchers are limited.

If you have questions, the Montrose County Public Health info line is available at 970-252-4545 in both English and Spanish.

As always, please keep regular appointments with your primary care provider to keep chronic conditions under control. If you need emergency medical help, the Emergency Department at Montrose Memorial Hospital is a safe place to go for care. They have precautions to keep patients safe and skilled medical care for emergencies.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS (PER CDC)

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

BUSINESS GUIDANCE 

For more information on business guidance, including businesses added with the county’s waiver (houses of worship, gyms, and restaurants), please visit:  https://www.montrosecountyjic.com/business-guidance/.

DATA & TESTING INFORMATION

Montrose County Public Health has a test site available for individuals who meet criteria to be tested. In order to be tested, please CALL your primary care provider. Please note COVID-19 Patients Hospitalized at MMH include both positive cases and suspected cases; as such, this number fluctuates daily as results are returned and patients discharged.

Negative test results may not include results from private labs, as they are not always reported to public health. The actual negative test result may be much higher.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONFIRMED AND PROBABLE CASES?

The total number of cases includes both confirmed and probable cases.

  • Cases are considered confirmed when there has been a positive molecular amplification test (such as PCR) performed by a lab. These tests commonly involve taking a nasal swab which is then sent to specific laboratories for results.
  • A molecular amplification test detects genetic material from the virus indicating presence of the virus.
  • Cases are considered probable when they meet one of the following criteria:
    • A person exhibited symptoms AND had close contact with someone who tested positive
      • OR
    • A person exhibited symptoms AND tested positive using an antigen or serologic test.
      • A serologic test is a blood test that looks for antibodies in your blood. This test can detect the body’s immune response to the infection caused by the virus rather than detecting the virus itself. An antigen test identifies fragments of proteins found on or within the virus. 
      • OR
    • A person has an epidemiologic link* AND has tested positive using an antigen or serologic test
      • *An epidemiologically-link is close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 disease OR travel to or residence in an area with sustained, ongoing community transmission OR a member of a risk cohort as defined by public health authorities during an outbreak.
      • OR
    • A death certificate lists COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for COVID-19.