Ouray County reports 11th positive case of COVID-19

  • COVID-19, courtesy Centers for Disease Control
    COVID-19, courtesy Centers for Disease Control

Ouray County has another new case of COVID-19 – a woman in her 30s who has tested positive.

This is the third positive case of the virus in the past 12 days, and the 11th active case of the virus detected overall. The woman was tested on June 25 and a swab test was used to detect active virus.

This case is connected to the last positive case announced on June 19, which involved another woman in her 30s who works at Mountain Medical Center, as a member of the non-medical staff. The center reported it had 11 employees tested and all of those results came back negative.

The positive result on Monday came from testing conducted as a result of contact tracing with the June 19 positive case, according to Ouray County Public Health Director Tanner Kingery. The June 19 positive case was connected with out-of-state travel, he said. An exact source of contagion has not been identified at this time. At this time, the health department has found each positive case has, on average, five other people needing notification for testing after exposure. 

"Anyone that has close contact with confirmed cases we're trying to get tested," he said. Because the last case involved out-of-state travel, he also contacted health authorities in that area to notify them of the need for additional contact tracing.

At this time, Ouray County has had one death attributed to COVID-19. One of the 11 cases in the county came from a "presumed positive" case involving a workplace outbreak in Montrose, and the woman had symptoms but COVID-19 was not confirmed with a test.