State Health officials have identified two residents of Gunnison County that test positive for COVID-19. Both patients are females in their fifties who likely contracted the virus while traveling within the United States. They’re both currently isolated within Gunnison County.

The County is looking for those with whom the patient may have had contact. They plan to isolate or quarantine those people and test those that are showing symptoms.

Test samples are being taken by Gunnison Valley Health and once daily sent by courier service to the State Laboratory in Lowry. The newest case’s test sample was taken on Tuesday and showed positive that evening.

On Tuesday, health officials announced that a part-time resident of Gunnison County had tested positive for COVID-19. Later that day, health officials determined the patient was actually living in Denver and had returned to there following treatment at Gunnison Valley Health. The patient, a woman in her 40s, is being treated by Denver County Health Officials.

Hospital dealing with flood of potential patients

Officials say that Gunnison Valley Health is being inundated with patients arriving unannounced. They are pleading with the public to call a doctor before going to a medical provider and risking the spread of the virus to others.

The County has launched a local hotline dedicated to the COVID-19 virus. It will be open 7 days-a-week from 8am to 6pm. The number to call is (970)-641-7660.

Find KBUT’s resources for COVID-19 on our homepage

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