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The Fremont County Dept. of Public Health and Environment (FDPH)  has confirmed two COVID-19 positive cases among staff at Rose Veterinary Clinic of Cañon City.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, this is considered a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak as it meets the criteria of “two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a facility or (non-household) group with onset in a 14 day period.”

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The FDPH is conducting case investigations to identify and notify people who may have been exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19, but the FDPH is urging that “all members of the public are encouraged to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Fremont County by wearing a mask in public spaces, practicing social distancing, and washing their hands often.”

Rose Veterinary Hospital has just issued the following statement:

We at Rose Veterinary Hospital are very sorry to announce that our offices will be closed until Monday, August 17th due to a COVID-19 exposure to our staff. We are in contact with the Fremont County Health Department and are following all instructions and guidelines given by them. We want to assure all our valued clients that there is no risk to you as we have been following our own stringent guidelines since early March. This includes curbside services, PPE, and distancing while interacting with our clients. All staff members have been monitoring themselves for any symptoms and wearing masks.

We are incredibly sorry for any inconvenience and will be doing our very best to accommodate our clients’ needs during this time. Clients can email or call the hospital and leave a message with any questions … If you have an appointment scheduled during the next two weeks, we will be working diligently to either reschedule or offer telemedicine appointments with Dr. Rose. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding and we will continue to provide the best possible care for you and your furry family as we navigate the next 2 weeks.

According to the State of Colorado COVID-19 data tracking, Fremont County has had 111 cases of COVID-19, , a rate per 100,000 of 231.67, significantly less than that reported for Chaffee County (which has been inflated by a significant outbreak inside the Buena Vista Correctional Complex).

Free COVID-19 testing is available at FDPH from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment only at the FPH building located at  201 N. 6th Street in Cañon City. Appointments can be made Monday-Thursday by calling 719-276-7450 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This site is run by FDPH with support from the Fremont County Office of Emergency Management.