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Alternative Care Patient Beds Plan Could Utilize Fairgrounds Buildings for non-COVID-19 patients

With two deaths locally from the coronavirus known as the COVID-19 virus, and infections increasing, plans are underway to provide for extra patient beds at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds, if need arises. The step is part of a statewide effort to expand hospital bed options as the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths increase in Colorado.

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Chaffee County Message to Out-of-towners: “We want to see you up here — Just Not Right Now!”

“This is not the time to come here for recreation. The county is already seeing positive cases of COVID-19. At this time the county’s limited resources must be organized and directed to helping the county’s residents as we weather this emergency.”
Greg Felt
Chair Chaffee County Board of County Commissioners

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Colorado Public Health Dept. Updates COVID-19 Testing Strategy

“Right now, due to limited supplies of testing kits and personal protective equipment, testing needs to be focused on the people who are the most at-risk from this disease and the people in charge of caring for and keeping the rest of us safe. It’s important to protect the most critical element of the healthcare system.We are working hard to get the supplies and capacity to move to broader public testing, but until then our message remains the same: if you have only mild symptoms, self-isolate and don’t wait for a test.”
Scott Bookman,
CDPHE COVID-19 Incident Commander.

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