Positive, probable COVID-19 cases add to Ouray County's total

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Ouray County officials on Sunday reported two more cases of COVID-19, bring the total number of positive and probable cases in the county to 28.

A woman in her 30s who was tested in Ouray County last week came back with a positive result on Sunday, while a 1-year-old who displayed symptoms of the virus and was exposed to someone who tested positive is considered to be a probable case, according to Ouray County Emergency Manager Glenn Boyd. He said the child will not be tested.

The new cases were announced one day after officials announced another woman in her 30s who was tested in Montrose came back with a positive result and six days after announcing an outbreak involving at least five people. The outbreak was connected to a private social event that occurred the weekend of Aug. 14-16.

Boyd said officials are conducting contact tracing on the woman who tested positive Sunday, and while they can't say for sure, they don't believe she is connected to the outbreak.

The newest cases mean a total of 19 Ouray County residents have tested positive, 3 nonresidents have tested positive and six Ouray County residents are considered probable cases.

Meanwhile, Ridgway School District Superintendent Susan Lacy announced in an email sent to the school community Sunday that two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. One tested positive prior to the start of last week's staff work week and was in isolation last week.

"I would not normally communicate the test results of a staff member during the summer months or when school is not in session, however I want you all to have the facts, not the rumors. This person is now healthy and able to resume work," she wrote in the email.

A second staff member who tested positive was the only one out of the entire district staff of 70 who were tested Wednesday, Lacy said. She said that staff member is currently in isolation and "doing well."

Boyd confirmed the positive test result announced Sunday is the second school district staff member who was tested last week.

Lacy also indicated in her email that the start of the district's lunch food service program is being delayed two weeks. Students and staff will need to bring their lunch during that time. A cold lunch will be provided for any student who qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program. School starts in both Ouray and Ridgway on Monday.

Ouray County health officials and the Colorado National Guard are provide free drive-through testing from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Ouray County Fairgrounds. Tests are available to everyone, and you don't need a doctor's note or an appointment.

County officials say the latest round of infections will not impact the county's variances that allow expanded capacity at pool and restaurants. They say state health officials have told them they don't want to punish the county for being proactive for testing for COVID-19, and that a new variance program will be rolled out after Labor Day.