• Tom Genes

CornaMeter Post Labor Day

Coronameter’ update - reminder to get tested within 1-2 days of symptoms and guidance on quarantining after travel Resources: *NEW* - “Stay at home when you are sick” poster – English Spanish Tested for COVID-19? Here’s what to expectEnglish/Spanish Testing following Labor Day Following Labor Day weekend, Garfield County Public Health is emphasizing the need for people with one or more COVID-19 symptoms to seek testing as soon as possible. Many people traveled or were exposed to visitors over the long holiday weekend. If you have had a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, follow up with your primary care physician or public health for guidance. People experiencing the following symptoms should be tested within 1-2 days of becoming ill.

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Where to get tested in Garfield County After you travel, guidance on COVID-19 If you have recently traveled or are planning on traveling, you may have questions about quarantining after your return. The answer to whether you should quarantine depends on how much exposure you may have had during your trip. Traveling to places where there is widespread transmission or to places where you intend to participate in large gatherings increases your chances of being exposed to COVID-19.  Consider how you got to your destination, what activities you did while there, and what precautions you and those around you took to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you took precautions, such as maintaining social distancing of 6 feet or more; wore masks; practiced good hygiene; and spent less than 15 minutes in close contact with others, chances are that your risk of contracting the virus is low. Upon your return, you may want to consider voluntarily minimizing your contact with others (co-workers, classmates, family, etc.) in case you do develop symptoms. If you develop symptoms, you will need to isolate and everyone that you had contact with during your contagious period will have to quarantine. Being proactive may prevent others from having to quarantine. Check out the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) travel health page and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after you travel page for additional guidance. Coronameter update on 9-8-20 The Garfield County Coronameter was updated on September 8, 2020. Public Health emphasizes the need for everyone to get tested within 1-2 days of their symptoms beginning. This is a major disease containment strategy. “Days before seeking testing,” remains in the “concerned” category, with 50-65 percent of our local cases seeking testing more than 2 days after symptoms began. Another area remaining in the concerned category includes “cases from community spread,” which increased slightly from the previous 14-day period. The Coronameter is updated at the end of the day on Tuesdays and Fridays on the Garfield County COVID data page and shared on the Public Health Facebook page.

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