GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. – On Tuesday, November 17 Garfield County Public Health staff became aware of several cases of COVID-19 circulating among New Castle City Market employees. This comes as the county is currently investigating several other outbreaks and has an open caseload of over 260 COVID-19 cases.
Garfield County Public Health is working with the City Market regional management team to conduct contact investigations and to ensure all precautions are taken.
Contact investigations are still underway. Over 20 employees have been impacted, with seven testing positive.
“We feel like the threat to the general public is low at this time. However, this is an urgent reminder that we all need to be vigilant when we are out and interacting with others,” said Rachel Kappler epidemiological nurse with Garfield County Public Health.
“When you are shopping, be sure to keep your mask on over your nose and mouth, keep your distance from other patrons, sanitize your cart handles, and only touch the products that you purchase. Wash your hands as soon as you can.”
According to the CDC, risk of transmission from surfaces is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
“Right now it looks like those who are sick are employees of the store or contacts of those employees,” continued Kappler. “The Regional City Market team has also stepped in to provide assistance and to work with Public Health to make sure that additional COVID spread is contained.”