Colorado public health officials on Tuesday announced the state’s second death from the new coronavirus.
A Weld County man in his 70s died. His infection with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has been linked to a confirmed case of the virus that was previously announced, though officials did not elaborate.
Further details about the man were not released.
There have been at least 160 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Colorado, including six in Weld County. As of Tuesday afternoon, there were at least 20 people hospitalized from the virus.
Also on Tuesday, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment announced that a resident of North Shore Health and Rehab facility in Loveland and a staff member there had tested positive for the coronavirus.
The long-term care center is run by Columbine Health Systems. Six other residents were tested for the virus, but their results came back negative. Additional tests are pending.
“Due to the high-risk nature of residents in the facility, a team of infection preventionists and epidemiologists from (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have been working closely with LCDHE and providing on-site technical assistance and support,” Larimer County health officials said in a news release.
Cory Gardner, Jason Crow in isolation
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Jason Crow are both entering isolation after they came into contact with a constituent who has tested positive for coronavirus.
Neither are showing symptoms, but are staying away from others as a precaution. Both were notified by the the Tri-County Health Department, which covers Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties, that they came into contact with an infected person on March 11.
It’s not clear if it was the same person who exposed both men.
“We have a personal responsibility as citizens to do everything we can to contain the spread of coronavirus,” Crow, an Aurora Democrat, said in a written statement. “Even though I have no symptoms, we have to treat any possible exposure with the utmost caution and for that reason, I will self-quarantine. This is a pandemic and it’s incumbent upon every American to do their part. While at home, I look forward to working full steam ahead to provide the federal resources our community needs to address this crisis.”
Gardner, a Colorado Republican, said he met the person in his Washington office.
“The health and safety of Coloradans and Americans across the nation is my top priority, and I will continue working to make sure Congress provides the resources needed to help combat the spread of COVID-19,” Gardner said in a written statement.