The Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department issued a press release Thursday regarding a visiting out-of-town physician who has tested positive for COVID-19. “LAHCDHD has been in contact with a physician that comes to Huerfano County to see patients,” the release reads. “The health department was notified that the physician has recently tested positive for COVID 19. “The health department has investigated the situation and contacted all patients that have been in contact with this physician. At this time, and with guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the patients and physician staff are the only people that have been told to self quarantine for 14 days. “LAHCDHD Director Kim Gonzales said all the doctor’s patients and staff who are affected by this confirmed case have been notified. Gonzales said the department has vigorously encouraged all Las Animas and Huerfano County residents to practice social distancing procedures: stay home, particularly if you are sick. “Every Coloradoan must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19,” she said. Anyone who reports symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider first. People without those symptoms do not need to be tested for COVID-19. This is allergy season, and allergy symptoms such as sneezing or itchy eyes, nose or throat do not indicate a need for testing. People who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 1-877-462-2911 or visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/, which is being updated daily.
by Tracy Wahl, KRCC LAS ANIMAS — People throughout the state of Colorado are