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Thirteen Visitors To Aspen Under Self-Isolation As COVID-19 Tests Are Sent To State Lab

Mar 9, 2020

Shelves of cleaning supplies at the El Jebel City Market sit empty. Public health officials say using antibacterial cleaning solutions on surfaces can stop the spread of COVID-19.
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Pitkin County public health officials said Monday that 13 visitors to Aspen are currently under self-isolation after coming into contact with a 21-year old Australian woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in her home country after visiting Aspen.

Those 13 people, all of Australian nationality, traveled to the area with the young woman who developed the new coronavirus. 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, or CDPHE, conducted a contact investigation after the young woman tested positive, which revealed 18 people she had been in close contact with in the area. The 13 people now in self-isolation had symptoms associated with COVID-19. Those can include fever and respiratory problems. 

According to Pitkin County Public Health director Karen Koenemann, swabs from those who are symptomatic are being sent to the CDPHE lab for testing. Results are expected Tuesday at the earliest; there is currently a turnaround time of at least 24 hours at the lab. 

Koenemann said all of those in self-isolation have been cooperative. If they test positive for COVID-19, they will be under public health order to stay in isolation. 

No additional information was available on what airline the 21-year-old patient used to travel to Aspen where she stayed during her visit or the length of time she was in the area. 

Resources on COVID-19 can be found on Pitkin County Public Health's website.