Larimer County provided the following update regarding the Coronavirus.
COVID-19 is making headlines as case counts increase globally and cases are confirmed across our country. We are getting questions from our community around how to be prepared for COVID-19 should it spread to Colorado.
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) is committed to ensuring that the risk of COVID-19 is minimized for all Larimer County residents. As of March 5, there are no cases of COVID-19 in Larimer County or Colorado.
Things to keep in mind about our local public health response: - Current risk is low for Coloradans. - Flu is a much greater risk to our community than COVID-19. - Multiple responses to emerging pathogens in the last few years have prepared public health to respond to situations like this. We have worked on SARS, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and MERS. - LCDHE is working closely with CDC and organizations across the state to ensure our response is proactive, strong, and collaborative. - We have pandemic response plans ready to go, we have tools and protocols in place to monitor travelers and other individuals who may be exposed, and we have the infection control expertise we need.
What you can do:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. If you can't wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60 percent alcohol
- Cover your cough and sneeze
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid close contact with others who are sick
Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the public health response adjusts as more is learned about this virus. While there is plenty of news and media information available, we encourage you to view the latest credible information on COVID-19 at www.larimer.org/coronavirus or www.CDC.gov/coronavirus. Additionally, we encourage you to follow LCDHE’s Facebook and Twitter accounts at @LarimerHealth.