El Paso County, CO - El Paso County Public Health is reporting the second death from COVID-19 in El Paso County. The individual who died was a male in his 60s, who was identified as a contact of the previous case, which passed away last week.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends, and we are very saddened by this news,” said Susan Wheelan, El Paso County Public Health Director. “Our team, including members of the public health system, are working around the clock to take proactive steps to help limit and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and we ask that residents join us in doing their part. We know these are difficult times, but we are strong, and we will get through this together.”
Now more than ever, we want to remind our citizens to remain vigilant about protecting yourself, your family, and the community. Continue to practice social distancing by avoiding public spaces and social gatherings with more than ten people.
If you are experiencing mild symptoms or suspect you were exposed, please stay home and avoid contact with others. Only call your health care provider if your symptoms become more severe, especially if you are experiencing shortness of breath. If at any time you feel you are having a medical emergency, call 911, and tell the dispatcher your symptoms.
Testing will be prioritized for older adults and those with underlying health conditions, those who are hospitalized, and health care workers. At this time, not everyone with symptoms will be tested in an effort to protect our most vulnerable populations and health care, workers.
We continue to encourage the community to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19 by utilizing the following websites and phone numbers:
- El Paso County Public Health COVID-19 website
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 website
- CDC COVID-19 website
- CDC: What to do if you are sick
- Call CO HELP at 1-877-462-2911 or email [email protected]
- Call the local call center at 719-575-8888