GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Mesa County Public Health officials say the man in his 30s who tested positive for coronavirus got his test done after a visitor from another country tested positive when they returned home.
“As was most of the cases in the state, it is the foreign travel piece that is the connection there,” said Jeff Kuhr, executive director of Mesa County Public Health in a news conference Saturday morning. .
Kuhr would not reveal where the visitor was from or where the man who tested positive lives in Mesa County. Kuhr also explained the man who tested positive isolated himself as soon as he started exhibiting symptoms, and his now in recovery. Kuhr also says the department is investigating all possible contacts with the man who tested positive.
“As soon as we have a case, we do a case investigation. And then follow up with all contacts.” said Kuhr.
Kuhr advises anyone who came in contact with the man or anyone else who has signs of showing symptoms to quarantine themselves for at least two weeks. Kuhr says quarantine means to take precautionary steps if you may have come in contact with someone from COVID-19, and stay at home for 14 days, which is the incubation period for the coronavirus.
Also in response, Mesa County Public Health will set up drive-thru testing sites at a location that’s still to be determined. These testing sites will be by appointment only after a phone consultation with county health officials.
Mesa County Public Health advises people to call their health care providers first if they feel the are showing symptoms. If they do not have a healthcare provider, then public health officials advise people to call Mesa County Public Health .
Mesa County Public Health has set up a hotline for anyone who has questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19): 970-683-2300.