MARCH 21 UPDATE: Chaffee County Public Health has confirmed that one of the three positive cases of the cornoavirus  in Chaffee county is related to the  Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida. Ark Valley Voice has no further information at this time on the identity of the patient.

Over the past 24 hours, Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) has received confirmation of the county’s first three positive COVID-19 cases. The cases are under investigation, and CCPH, along with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is contacting and working with the people who might have come into contact with them.

Microscopic view of COVID-19 virus. Image servprodowneyca.com

“After conducting our initial investigations, we are finding that those who were tested listened to the isolation and quarantine recommendations,” said Director of Chaffee County Public Health and local Incident Commander Andrea Carlstrom. All cases are Chaffee County residents and all are men:

  • A 46 year old male- had traveled out of state
  • A 69 year old male- under investigation
  • An 84 year old male- under investigation

CCPH says it will be working over the weekend to ensure that investigations are ongoing and potential contacts are made aware of the situation and given quarantine guidelines.

CCPH’s recent public health order directing social distancing behavior and closures of social transmission points such as restaurants and bars and all non-essential retail activity, along with state and national orders and declarations, must be followed if Chaffee County has a chance of slowing down the transmission of COVID-19.

“We are counting on our community to take these orders seriously. Together, with patience and understanding, we have the opportunity to save lives,” said Carlstrom.