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Australian Woman Who Visited Aspen Tests Positive For COVID-19

Mar 8, 2020


This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically.
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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, or CDPHE, said Sunday afternoon that a woman in her twenties who was visiting Aspen returned home to Australia earlier this week, where she tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual had contact with Aspen residents and visitors at social gatherings; some of the people who had contact with the woman have reported experiencing respiratory symptoms.

CDPHE and Pitkin County Public Health are reaching out to people who were known to have been in contact with the Australian patient during her Aspen visit and are working on a plan to get symptomatic people tested. 


CDPHE asks those who live in Aspen and are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, to call their primary care physician. 

Symptoms may occur anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure. 


The state lab identified no additional presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday after completing 39 tests.