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Fremont County Department of Public Health & Environment (FCDPHE) Director Kayla Marler, has announced the county’s first death due to COVID-19.

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Fremont County Coroner confirmed that a Fremont County resident has died due to COVID-19. The 81-year-old female patient tested positive in early August while hospitalized and had other underlying health conditions. Case investigation and contact tracing were collaboratively conducted between FCDPHE and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment when the case was first reported in August.

“We want to send our deepest condolences to the family for their loss, along with all families that have been impacted by COVID-19. We recognize that this is a difficult time that we are all facing; this truly is a historic public health challenge,” said Marler. “FCDPHE continues to work around the clock to respond to COVID-19 in an assertive manner to contain and lessen the threat of COVID-19 to the health and safety of our community. Now, more than ever, Fremont County residents are urged to protect themselves and one another by wearing a mask in public, maintaining a distance of at least six feet, and practicing good hygiene, like frequent hand washing and staying home if sick.”

The fact that we are just now experiencing our first death is a true testament to the dedication of our community in following the guidelines of social distancing, hand washing, and making good decisions to promote good health,” said Office of Emergency Management Director Shane Roberts.