The Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department announced Wednesday that physician who had visited Huerfano County has recently tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The district health department said they have been in contact with the physician and has investigated the situation and contacted all patients that may have come in contact with the doctor.

Said the district health department, “At this time and with guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the patients are the only people along with physician staff that have been told to self quarantine for 14 days. All patients and staff have been notified that are affected by this confirmed case.”

The district health department continued:

The Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department “has vigorously encouraged all Las Animas and Huerfano County residents to practice social distancing procedures: stay home, particularly if you are sick.

“Every Coloradoan must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19.

“Anyone who reports symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider first.

“People without those symptoms do not need to be tested for COVID-19. This is allergy season, and allergy symptoms such as sneezing or itchy eyes, nose or throat do not indicate a need for testing.

“People who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 1-877-462-2911 or visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/, which is being updated daily.”

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