Initial COVID-19 test results: 4 negative, 1 pending

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The results of the first coronavirus tests conducted in Ouray County are in, with four negative results and one pending, although health officials have said they believe COVID-19 is in the community.

Mountain Medical Center in Ridgway posted on its Facebook page this afternoon that as of today, it had conducted five tests. Four came back negative. One test result is pending. The medical center had five tests remaining as of 1 p.m. Officials there had requested a total of 20 tests but received only 10 from the state.

Ouray County is just one of 17 counties in the state — there are a total of 64 counties in Colorado — that has not reported a positive test yet. But health officials have cautioned against reading too much into that figure, noting the lack of a positive test is indicative of the lack of testing in Ouray County, not necessarily the lack of actual infections. Mountain Medical is the only entity in the county to receive tests. Ouray County has requested them but has not received any yet.

A total of 51 people have died from complications of the new coronavirus in Colorado, with 2,627 total confirmed cases and 414 people having been hospitalized. A total of 15,364 people have been tested.

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