A 61-year-old Ouray County woman who recovered from a suspected case of COVID-19 after having symptoms back in March is being counted as a “probable” case of coronavirus by the state. This makes the county’s 8th case the state is counting, with two others confirmed by blood antibody tests. The Plaindealer is reporting the cases confirmed by swab tests, antibody tests and “probable” cases being reported by the state health department at this time.
The latest case of the virus attributed to Ouray County by the state health department wasn’t confirmed with a test, as others have been so far. However, the woman works at a nursing home in Montrose County that had a COVID-19 outbreak months ago. Colorow Care Center in Olathe had at least two residents die as a result of contracting coronavirus, according to the Montrose Daily Press.
The woman who is being counted as a “probable” case of coronavirus, given her symptoms, was epidemiologically linked to the outbreak at Colorow Care Center, according to Ouray County Public Health Director Tanner Kingery.
The woman has since recovered from the virus and has returned to work, according to Kingery.
Earlier this month, the state began reporting COVID-19 data a new way – including reporting “probable” cases that weren’t necessarily confirmed by swab tests for active infection or blood antibody tests to confirm someone was previously exposed to the virus and had developed some immunity in the past.
The state also began reporting deaths differently than it had previously. Now, the data reflects the number of deaths “among” people who died and were confirmed to have COVID-19 as well as those who died as a result of COVID-19.
This means someone who died for other reasons, such as heart attack, car accident or suicide, but was confirmed to have COVID-19 at the time of death, could be counted as a death “among” people who had the virus. Only those who died as a result of COVID-19 are counted as a death “due” to the virus and would have the cause of death on their death certificate listed as COVID-19.
State health authorities have cautioned against adding the two numbers together to calculate a complete death count – as it’s not reflective of the number of people who have actually died as a direct result of the virus.
COVID-19 death-related data can be delayed by several weeks, and is being continually updated, as death records can take between one and eight weeks to process by the state.