County reports new workplace outbreak in Ouray

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Ouray County Public Health announced another COVID-19 outbreak in the City of Ouray offices Thursday, where two confirmed positive cases have been identified. 

The workplace outbreak, which is defined as two or more cases in a facility or workplace within 14 days, is the third identified in the city's offices. Officials announced an outbreak there in November and again in late January when two people tested positive. Two people have tested positive in the outbreak announced Thursday, which is separate from the outbreak last month, Public Health Director Tanner Kingery said.  

He praised city administration for responding quickly to the outbreak. “I want to thank the City for being proactive in identifying and quarantining close contacts of the confirmed cases," he said in a press release. "Timeliness is important when it comes to disease containment and the City has been responsive and cooperative with our contact tracers and case investigators.”

The county also reported 10 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, all of whom were tested on Monday or Tuesday. They range in age from younger than 10 to people in their 50s and 60s. There are connections between some of the people who tested positive this week, Kingery said in an interview. 

"A couple of them are people who live together, a couple people work together," he said. "Some of these are just one-off scenarios that we don't know how people got it." 

Three of the 10 people were tested at Mountain Medical Center in Ridgway and four were tested at Ouray County Public Health Agency. 

The latest positive tests bring the county to 237 total COVID-19 cases, including 31 in the last two weeks and 18 in the last seven days.