New case of COVID confirmed in Ouray County

  • Coronavirus, courtesy Center for Disease Control
    Coronavirus, courtesy Center for Disease Control

A 50-year-old woman who lives in Ouray County and works in a neighboring county is the latest confirmed local case of COVID-19.

Ouray County Public Health Department Director Tanner Kingery said he received news of the latest positive result on Wednesday. The test was performed in Telluride and was a sputum test, which detects active virus.

At this time, the health department is investigating the possible source of contagion and conducting contact tracing and gathering information about the case. At this time, Kingery said, "things are under control and ok," with this particular case.

This is the ninth confirmed active case of the virus in Ouray County. There has been one death reported, and two other cases which were either detected by antibody tests or because they were connected to a workplace outbreak in a neighboring county.

Ouray County obtained 300 tests at its health department and is accepting appointments for swab tests on Tuesdays with a public health nurse. At this time, Kingery said one of those tests was performed on Friday and it came back negative. These tests can be performed with the patient sitting in a car and they do not have to come into the building. Results are expected within three days.

Anyone wanting to make an appointment can call 970-325-4670.

Tests are also available at Mountain Medical Center, whether or not someone is a patient at the clinic. The center is offering both the swab tests and blood-antibody tests.

Some areas of Colorado are seeing increased positive cases, including neighboring San Miguel County, which reported five new cases on Wednesday, according to Ouray County Emergency Manager Glenn Boyd.

"It's still out there," Boyd said.

Health officials have encouraged people to continue to be vigilant about hand washing, maintaining their social distance and continuing to sanitize to limit virus spread.

"Our behaviors right now are the most important," Kingery said.

Editor's note: The original version of this story incorrectly reported this positive test was from a swab test. It was in fact a test performed on saliva.