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Town of Silverthorne COVID-19 Test Results – Silverthorne Recreation Center Employee

Published March 17, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

The Town of Silverthorne was informed on Thursday, March 12, that a Silverthorne Recreation Center employee was being tested for COVID-19. The employee provided a sample for testing at a Grand County medical facility on March 12. The Town was informed today, March 17, of the result of that test, and the employee has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19.

The employee’s positive test result is being counted in Grand County, CO and is not included in the three positive cases announced today, March 17, in Summit County, Colorado .

All Silverthorne Recreation Center guests that are believed to have had direct contact with the employee have been notified individually by town staff of the test result. All Silverthorne town employees have also been notified of the test result via e-mail notification. The town has been informed that the employee’s condition is improving and the employee remains in self-isolation in their home.

As was stated by town officials in an earlier press release, the employee last worked at the Silverthorne Recreation Center in the aquatics area from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. on March 4. Prior to working on March 4, the employee used the men’s locker room, cardio and circuit areas of the facility between 3:30 and 4:15 p.m. Furthermore, on March 9, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., the employee visited the Recreation Center as a guest and used the men’s locker room, circuit and cardio areas.

It is important to put this case in perspective of the bigger picture in Summit County today. Community spread of COVID-19 in Summit County is now confirmed. Community spread is defined as transmission of the disease from one individual to another within the same community, and not as a result of travel from another location. Summit County Public Health is contacting individuals with positive tests to provide isolation guidelines and to screen for contacts who are at high risk of serious disease. The most important thing that you can do right now is distance yourself from others, and all of the regulations that are being put in place by Summit County Health Officials are aimed at that goal. Please take these regulations seriously.

Because we now have community spread in the High Country, it is vital that everyone in the community practice health-promoting behaviors, regardless of whether you believe you have been in contact with an individual who was symptomatic or has had a positive test.

  • Follow public health directives to limit contact with others.
  • Self-monitor for illness.
  • Stay home if you are mildly ill. Staying home saves lives.
  • Manage your symptoms at home the same way you manage other symptoms. To the extent possible, people with illness should remain at home. Isolate yourself for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and if you continue to have fever, continue to stay at home for 72 hours following your last fever, without the use of over the counter medication.
  • If you need medical care, contact your primary care provider and schedule a visit. Let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
  • Only contact 911 for emergencies requiring immediate life-saving care and let them know if you are concerned you might have COVID-19.

The Town of Silverthorne will continue to provide information on COVID-19 related matters in a prompt and transparent manner. The health and welfare of our community continues to be our highest priority. The most up to date information on COVID-19 in our mountain community can be found on the Summit County Emergency Blog, at Silverthorne.org and on local government social media pages.

For additional resources:

  • For assistance with food, medication or mental health resources: 970-668-2940
  • For CDPHE (state of CO) information regarding COVID-19: 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911
  • For information regarding the Summit County Public Health Order restricting public events, sale of food, beverages and retail goods; lodging and transportation services: 970-668-9730

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