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>> THE CORONAVIRUS IN COLORADO GOVERNOR POLIS JUST MINUTES AWAY FROM HOLDING A NEWS CONFERENCE AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN GLENDALE FOX 31 IS ON IT WITH LIVE TEAM COVERAGE AND WE DO BEGIN WITH FOX THIRTY-ONE'S MATT MEAGHER WHO IS AT THAT PRESS CONFERENCE TONIGHT SHOULD BEGIN AT ANY MOMENT >> WE ARE WAITING FOR IT TO BEGIN RIGHT NOW WAITING TO HEAR FROM GOVERNOR JARED POLIS HEALTH OFFICIALS HERE WITH THE CDPHP THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALSO THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CENTURA HEALTH PETER BANKO THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THIS FIRST CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS IN COLORADO, IT IS A MAN IN HIS 30'S WHO RECENTLY BEEN IN ITALY USE AN OUT OF STATE VISITOR TO SUMMIT COUNTY THIS MAN GOT SICK UP THEIR HEAD AND UPPER RESPIRATORY ILLNESS WHICH CORONAVIRUS IS KNOWN TO CAUSE WAS TESTED YESTERDAY TAKES ABOUT 24 HOURS FOR THESE TEST RESULTS TO COME BACK THAT TEST RESULT HERE IN COLORADO CAME BACK POSITIVE TODAY, OFFICIALLY AT CITY PHE IN THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE CALLING PRESUMPTIVE UNTIL WE SEND IT OFF TO THE CDC THAT'S WHERE THE OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION COMES IN AND THAT GOES AHEAD AND PUTS IT ON THE US MAP OF WHICH NOW AT LEAST 210 PEOPLE IN THE US HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS NEW YORK TIMES REPORTING THIS AFTERNOON AT LEAST 12 PEOPLE HAVE DIED BECAUSE OF IT NOW BACK HERE IN COLORADO, THIS MAN TRANSFERRED FROM SUMMIT COUNTY TO THE DENVER METRO AREA IN ISOLATION AT A HOSPITAL AND IS RECOVERING HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE SAYING THAT THE RISK FOR THAT SPREADING TO OTHER PEOPLE IN THE SUMMIT COUNTY AREA IS LOW WHAT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE WAITING TO FIND OUT HERE FROM THE GOVERNOR HEALTH OFFICIALS IS THAT THIS MAN STATE A HOTEL POTENTIALLY A SKI RESORT

OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING UP TO THE SUMMIT COUNTY AREA FOR THAT THIS TIME OF YEAR THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THAT WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING ANSWERED HERE COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES ERICA AIR SAY YET THAT WE KNOW YOU'VE BEEN COVERING THIS A LONG QUICK QUESTION FOR US TO 210 CONFIRMED CASES, WE KNOW RIGHT NOW AROUND THE NATION THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WE'VE BEEN HEARING CDPH HE'S SAYING THAT THEY'VE BEEN TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY HERE FOR THE LAST MONTH AND A HALF EVEN 2 MONTHS OR SO THAT WE CAN GET YOU I AM THEY OBVIOUSLY KNEW THIS WAS COMING DO YOU THINK OBVIOUSLY THIS RESPONSE WAS DESERVED >> YES AS YOU MENTIONED IT WAS ONLY INEVITABLE THAT'S WHAT PRETTY MUCH EVERY HEALTH OFFICIAL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HAD SAID ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME UNTIL IT GOT HERE IN COLORADO IT MAKES SENSE

IT WOULD COME FROM OUT OF STATE POTENTIALLY AND OUT OF COUNTRY VISITOR, SOMEONE WHO IS IN ITALY WHICH IS HAVING A BIG OUTBREAK IN FACT THEY'RE NOW TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FROM THE US GOING TO ITALY BECAUSE OF THIS YOU TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE TESTING THAT CDPH HE HAS DONE HERE IN COLORADO UP UNTIL THIS POINT THEY HAVE TESTED 58 PATIENTS FOR THE CORONAVIRUS 21 OF THOSE ARE STILL PENDING THE REST OF THEM HAVE ALL TESTED POSITIVE NOW THEY HAVE THESE NEW TEST THE GOVERNMENT'S TRYING TO GET HIM OUT TO ITS STATE LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO GET SOME OF THESE TESTS DONE IN 24 HOURS AS OPPOSED TO THE 3 TO 4 DAYS IT WAS TAKING A FEW MONTHS AGO COURSE FEDERAL OFFICIALS CAME OUT TODAY AND SAID THEY'RE EXPECTING MORE OF THOSE TO COME OUT THAT'S NOT HAPPENING AS QUICKLY AS THEY HAD HOPED THE GOVERNOR STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS COMING IN HERE RIGHT NOW WE'RE WAITING TO GET THE VERY LATEST FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS PATIENT MORE ABOUT WHERE THIS PATIENT HAS BEEN AND POTENTIALLY WHO THIS PATIENT HAD CONTACT WITH AGAIN THIS IS GOING TO BE GOVERNOR JARED POLIS HE'LL BE WALKING IN HERE IN A SECOND ALONG WITH MANY HEALTH OFFICIALS OBVIOUSLY YOU TALK ABOUT THE RESPONSE FROM COLORADO, JUST BY THE SHEER NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING IN HERE TO TALK AT A NEWS CONFERENCE THIS IS A VERY BIG DEAL THE STATE IS TAKING IT EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY LOOKS LIKE SOME PEOPLE ARE LINING UP RIGHT NOW STILL WAITING FOR THE GOVERNOR AND A FEW MORE PEOPLE TO COME ALSO INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH TODAY THE US SENATE PASSED AN BILLION SPENDING PLAN TO HELP FIGHT CORONAVIRUS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY

THIS INCLUDES BILLION TO HELP DEVELOP A VACCINE WE TALKED ABOUT THIS LAST NIGHT HERE ON FOX 31 THAT THIS VACCINE BEING FAST TRACK USUALLY THEY TAKE ABOUT 2 YEARS TO GET DEVELOPED THIS ONE IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL COULD BE READY TO GO IN JUST ABOUT A YEAR THEY'RE GOING TO START TESTING THAT A PHASE ONE TESTING ON PEOPLE COMING UP IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THERE ARE SOME BOTH HERE IN THE US AND IN CHINA STARTING TO TEST SOME ANTI VIRAL MEDICATION ON SOME OF THE PATIENTS WHO HAVE CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS IF THAT TESTING GOES WELL, THEY PLAN TO BE ABLE TO GET GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND EXPAND THAT OUT TO ALL THE PATIENTS WITH IT COMING UP SOME TIME IN LESS THAN A YEAR ERICA AIR STAY >> AGAIN THAT IT DOES APPEAR THAT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WAS STARTED AN EMOTIVE OF 4 GET STARTED WE JUST REMIND OUR VIEWERS, WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS THAT THEY SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR IF THEY ARE CONCERNED THAT THEY MAY HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH AN INDIVIDUAL HAS TESTED POSITIVE WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

>> SYMPTOMS AND I BELIEVE THESE ARE CORRECTING HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE KDVR DOT COM GET AN OFFICIAL LIST, I'M SURE HEALTH OFFICIALS WILL TALK ABOUT IT HERE BUT WHEN THE BIG THINGS IS A FEVER, SOME BODY ACHES ALSO A DRY COUGH THOSE ARE SOME OF THE BIG SYMPTOMS WE'RE GOING TO HEAR ABOUT THEM FROM HEALTH OFFICIALS GOVERNOR JARED POLIS JUST WALKING AND WE'LL GET THE EXACT SYMPTOMS FOR YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND MORE ABOUT THAT ON OUR WEBSITE HERE'S GOVERNOR JARED POLIS INFORMATION FOR COLORADO TODAY, A FIRST OF ALL WE HAVE JOINING US HERE TODAY AT THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT JOE RYAN, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DOCTOR RACHEL EARLY TO SAY COMING TO A VOTE DISEASE UP YOU KNOW JUST SCOTT BOOK WITH THE INCIDENT COMMANDER FOR >> THIS INCIDENT OF CORONAVIRUS MIKE WILSON DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY OPERATIONS

KEVIN KLINE WHO IS THE DIRECTOR OF DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY STAN HEALTHY WITH DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY SUMMIT COUNTY MANAGER SCOTT VARGO SOME COUNTY COMMISSIONER ELIZABETH LAWRENCE, PETER BANKO THE PRESIDENT CEO CENTURA HEALTH AND REPRESENTATIVE JULIE MCCLUSKEY REPRESENTS A SUMMIT COUNTY IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE, THIS AFTERNOON'S I WAS NOTIFIED THAT WE HAVE THE FIRST PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE CASE A NOVEL CORONAVIRUS ALSO KNOWN AS COVID IN THE STATE OF COLORADO BECAUSE TEST WAS CONDUCTED AT THE STATE LEVEL THE CASES CALL PRESUMPTIVE IT'S CALLED POSITIVE ONES VERIFIED BY CDC

BUT SO FAR ARE STATE LAB HAS RUN APPROXIMATELY 93 TEST THAT HAVE COME BACK NEGATIVE AND THERE ARE 38 TESTS THAT ARE PENDING IN THE LAST WE EXPECT THAT CDC IS RUNNING ON ABOUT A 48 HOUR TIMELINE BUT WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT OF COURSE OUR STATE LAW HAS BEEN TESTED IS IS DOING THESE TESTS CORRECTLY AND THIS ONE CAME BACK AS PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE WHO'S NOW BEING SENT TO CDC FOR OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION

HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW THE SUBJECT IS A MALE IN HIS 30'S WHO WAS VISITING SUMMIT FROM ANOTHER STATE HE TO ITALY IN MID THERE THERE WAS AN OUTBREAK OCCURRING AND ALSO A TRAVEL COMPANION OF HIS ISN'T KNOWN CASE OF POSITIVE TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS AND OTHER STATES UPON RETURNING FROM HE SPENT TIME AT HOME AND THAT HE TRAVELED TO COLORADO ON FEBRUARY 29TH BY A PLANE HE WAS ASYMPTOMATIC AT THE TIME THAT MEANS WHEN HE TRAVELED AT THE AIRPORT WHEN HE WAS ON THE AIRPLANE

HE WAS ASYMPTOMATIC WHICH MEANS THERE'S A LOW RISK OF TRANSMISSION NON CONTAGIOUS WHEN YOU'RE ASYMPTOMATIC GENERALLY THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM THE CDC THEREFORE THERE'S NO REASON AT THIS TIME TO BELIEVE THAT OTHER TRAVELERS WERE EXPOSED HER CURRENT CDC GUIDANCE WE'VE ALSO BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THE CIA AND WE HAVE SHARED THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE AT THIS TIME

THE SUBJECT TRAVELED FROM THE I A TO SUMMIT COUNTY IN A RENTAL VEHICLE AND THAT WITH FRIENDS WHERE THEY STAYED IN A CONDO IN SUMMIT COUNTY, WE KNOW THAT HE WAS THERE FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION AND WE'RE CONFIRMING THOSE DETAILS ON MARCH 3RD HE DEVELOPED SYMPTOMS AND WENT TO SAINT ANTHONY'S SUMMIT MEDICAL CENTER IN FRISCO WHICH IS OWNED BY CENTURA ON MARCH 4TH IN THE AFTERNOON THE SAMPLES TAKEN

TODAY MARCH 5TH THE TEST WAS CONDUCTED AT THE STATE LAB AGAIN WITH THE POSITIVE RESULT, SOMETHING POSITIVE RESULT THE PATIENT WAS ADVISED FORCE HEALTH TO BE TRANSPORTED TO LOWER ALTITUDES THE PATIENT WAS WAS FEELING WELL ENOUGH TO TRAVEL IN A PRIVATE VEHICLE WITH HIS FIANCE TO JEFFERSON COUNTY WEARING A MASK AT THIS TIME HE IS NOW RECOVERING IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

HIS FIANCE IS IN QUARANTINE HIS CLOSE CONTACTS IN COLORADO, INCLUDING THE 2 FRIENDS THAT WERE COLORADO RESIDENTS THAT WERE WITH HIM ON TRIPS I HAVE ALSO RECEIVED QUARANTINE INSTRUCTIONS AND THE COURT ORDERS ARE PENDING FOR THOSE 2 ADDITIONAL INDIVIDUALS PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTITIONERS ARE INVESTIGATING AND WILL ATTEMPT TO NOTIFY ANYONE ELSE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED BECAUSE OF THIS CASE WHEN WE WILL HAVE A

PETER BACH BANKOS HERE FROM CENTURA HEALTH TO TALK ABOUT THAT SIDE WHERE THE EXPOSURE IS LIMITED 2 OF 4 PERSONNEL AT SAINT ANTHONY'S ALL OF WHOM TOOK THE APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONS AND ALL WILL BE TESTED I ALSO WANT TO MAKE ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT THAT AS WE'VE WE WERE PREPARING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT RECEIVED WORD OF A PERCENT A POSITIVE CASE HERE IN COLORADO WE HOPE TO HAVE DETAILS ON THAT LATER THAT RECENTLY CAME BACK FROM THE LAB AND WE EXPECT TO HAVE DETAILS

IT APPEARS TO A NON CONNECTED INCIDENT TO THIS FIRST INCIDENT SO ON THAT'S ALL WE HAVE THIS POINTS AND WE EXPECT TO HAVE MORE INFORMATION LATER THIS EVENING AS WE INFORMED OF THE PUBLIC EARLIER THIS WEEK WE HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR EXPECTING THIS SITUATION FOR SOME TIME WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLE TEAM IN PLACE TOO KEEP COLORADANS SAFE AND TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF POSITIVE CASES BY ACTING QUICKLY WE CAN WE CAN HAVE A BETTER OUTCOME FOR COLORADO WE'VE ENGAGED THE STATE'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN

WE'VE OPENED THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER WHICH IS CURRENTLY OPERATING AT LEVEL 2 AND THAT MEANS THAT WE'RE GOING TO EXPAND TESTING SO WE CAN DETAIN ISOLATE THOSE WHO BECOME INFECTED ANYONE WHO WAS IN THE CHAIN OF CONTACT WITH A NO ONE PRESENT A POSITIVE A POSITIVE CASE WHILE THEY WERE IN COLORADO AND TO OUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN RECORD ME WITH HOSPITALS AND UNIVERSITIES, JAY INCREASED TESTING CAPACITY, CURRENT CAPACITY THE STATE LAB 160 TEST TODAY THAT'S WITH THE REGULAR WE CAN RUN ANOTHER SHIFT OF PEOPLE AND WE BELIEVE EVEN WITH THE CURRENT RESOURCES WE CAN BE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 2, 3, OTHER TEST TODAY IF HE DOES OF COURSE WE'RE WORKING ON VASTLY EXPANDING THE AS WELL IN THE FUTURE WORKING WITH HOSPITALS AND UNIVERSITIES BUT WE HAVE WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO AT LEAST DO THE TESTING FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THE CHAIN OF CONTACT IN THESE THE MORE WE CAN TEST THE QUICKER WE CAN IDENTIFY THE HIGHER THE LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESSFUL CONTAINMENT YES

IT'S REALLY THAT SIMPLE IT'S IMPORTANT TO PUT THIS INTO OF AT LEAST 80% OF CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS RECOVER AFTER SELF TREATMENT AND HAVE MILES ATTORNEY, YOU KNOW IF THEY HAVE SYMPTOMS THEY CAN TREAT THEM WITH OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS BUT 20% OF CASES OR SO ARE MORE SEVERE AND MIGHT REQUIRE ADDITIONAL TO AVOID THE RISK OF DEHYDRATION AWAY AND FOR A RESPIRATORY DISTRESS WE ALSO KNOW THAT OLDER INDIVIDUALS AND IMMUNOCOMPROMISED INDIVIDUALS OR TO SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER RISK LEVEL

WHEN IT COMES TO MOST ILLNESSES AND THAT WOULD INCLUDE CORONAVIRUS AND THAT WOULD INCLUDE THE FLU AND THAT WOULD INCLUDE MANY OTHER ILLNESSES SO MANY A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF THE FATALITIES AND THE GREATEST DANGER TO COLORADANS IS FROM YOU KNOW COMPROMISE AND OLDER COLORADANS THERE IS CURRENTLY NO VACCINE TO PREVENT OR TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID 19 BUT WE DO HAVE SOME SUGGESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND MANY OF THEM ARE COMMON SENSE, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THEY SHOULDN'T BE SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN BECAUSE IT'S TO HONE UP ON WHAT WORKS TO AVOID CONTAGION AVOIDING CLOSE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK

AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES NOSE AND MOUTH STAY HOME FROM WORK WHEN YOU'RE SICK AND KEEPING YOUR KIDS HOME IF THEY'RE SICK COVERING A COUGH OR SNEEZE WITH A TISSUE AND THEN THROWING THE TISSUE PROBABLY IN THE TRASH CLEANING DISINFECTING FREQUENTLY TOUCHED OBJECTS AND SURFACES USING A REGULAR REGULAR HOUSEHOLD, CLEANING SPRAY OR WHITE AND VERY IMPORTANTLY WASHING YOUR HANDS REGULARLY WITH SOAP AND WATER FOR AT LEAST 20 SECONDS BUT ITSELF ON AND REALLY SCRUBBING YOUR HANDS UNDER WATER FOR 20 SECONDS AFTER GOING TO THE BATHROOM BEFORE EATING AFTER BLOWING YOUR NOSE, COUGHING OR SNEEZING

IN ADDITION IF YOU'RE USING ALCOHOL BASED HAND SANITIZER MAKE SURE IT'S AT LEAST 60% ALCOHOL CONTENT AND WASH HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER YOU KNOW COLORADANS GET SICK EVERY AND AND I DON'T WANT ANYBODY TO THINK THAT UH TO TO PANIC BECAUSE OF THIS IF YOU HAVE A FEVER AND IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF A RESPIRATORY ILLNESS SUCH AS A COUGH OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING SO AGAIN THAT'S THE SYMPTOMS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE THIS IS NOT A STOMACH VIRUS THIS IS A RESPIRATORY VIRUS AND IF YOU'VE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE PERSON KNOWN TO HAVE CORONAVIRUS OR IF YOU LIVE IN OR RECENTLY TRAVELED TO AN AREA WITH ON GROWING COMMUNITY SPREAD AND AGAIN I ENCOURAGE YOU TO LOOK AT THE CDC WEB SITES AND THE INTERNET FOR THOSE DETAILS OF THIS CASE

IT WAS ROME WE ALSO COMMUNITY SPREAD IN CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON STATE IF YOU CAN MEET THOSE CONDITIONS AND CONSULT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN TURN HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO NOTIFY CPA G AND THE CDC TO IF TESTING IS NEEDED IF IT MEETS THE STANDARD OF THE PROTOCOL FOR THAT WE MOVE FORWARD FROM THERE AT THE END OF THE DAY WE HAVE A VERY ROBUST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

IN THIS STATE WE HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN PLACE WE'VE BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS MOMENT WE ARE NOW AND NEXT A Q SHOULD NOTE OF THIS PLANT WE HAVE HIGHLY COMPETENT OFFICIALS ARE WORKING TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD AND I HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN OUR STATE OFFICIALS

AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO RESPOND TO THIS TO THIS THREAT WE EXPECT TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND TESTING CAPACITY AND EVEN WITHIN THE CURRENT CONTEXT, WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO TEST EVERYBODY WHO'S IN THE CHAIN OF CONTACT IN THIS FIRST CASE AND IN THIS EXPECTED SECOND CASE PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE THAT WE WILL HAVE MORE DETAILS ON LATER THIS EVENING WITHOUT I'D LIKE TO TURN OVER TO JOE RYAN FROM THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT GOOD AFTERNOON

FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE EMPLOYEES OF THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT >> WE HAVE OVER 100 EMPLOYEES THAT HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED TO THIS RESPONSE AND ARE WORKING DAILY TO KEEP THE PEOPLE OF COLORADO SAFE THE STATES TRIES TO BE AS TRANSPARENT AS POSSIBLE AND PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH UP TO DATE AND ACCURATE INFORMATION AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE BRINGING THIS INFORMATION TO YOU AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE OUR PRIORITY OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS HAS BEEN TO KEEP THE PEOPLE OF OUR STATE SAFE OUR STAFF HAS BEEN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK

ANTICIPATING THAT WE COULD SEE A CASE BUT DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THAT IF WE DID WE COULD LIMIT AND SLOW THE SPREAD WE CONTINUE TO ASSESS AND TEST SUSPECTED CASES IDENTIFY PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO CASES AND DETERMINE THE NEED FOR MONITORING ISOLATION QUARANTINE OR OTHER RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT AND ACTIVITIES ACTING ON AN OT WE'RE ACTING ON ALL PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE CASES AS IF THEY WERE CONFIRMED BECAUSE A QUICK RESPONSE IS ESSENTIAL TO MINIMIZE THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS PUBLIC HEALTH IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE CDC AND LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCIES ACROSS TO ACROSS THE STATE TO ENSURE OUR RESPONSE IF IS PROACTIVE STRONG AND COLLABORATIVE AND WE HAVE WONDERFUL PARTNERS IN OUR LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCIES

THE COVER EVERY COUNTY IN COLORADO WE HAVE PANDEMIC RESPONSE PLANS READY TO GO WE HAVE BUILT TOOLS AND PROTOCOLS TO MONITOR TRAVELERS AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY BE EXPOSED WE HAVE THE INFECTION CONTROL EXPERTISE WE NEED AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY WE'VE BUILT STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH AND OUR HEALTH CARE PARTNERS

THE SOONER WE KNOW WE HAVE A POSITIVE CASE REGARDLESS OF SEVERITY OF ILLNESS THE MORE EFFECTIVELY WE CAN RESPOND TO LIMIT AND SLOW THE SPREAD COLORADO'S TAKING AN AGGRESSIVE APPROACH TO TESTING AND WE ARE TESTING CASES THAT MAY BE SUSPECT AND PEOPLE THAT AREN'T YET HOSPITALIZED THIS WILL HELP US DETECT THE VIRUS EARLIER

WE'LL CONTINUE THIS APPROACH AS LONG AS WE HAVE THE RESOURCES AND CAPACITY TO DO SO IN ADDITION HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS DO NOT NEED PRE-APPROVAL FROM PUBLIC HEALTH FOR TESTING AND SPECIMEN SUBMISSION SO WHAT WHAT PEOPLE CAN EXPECT IS BECAUSE WE'RE TESTING MORE FREQUENTLY WE'RE GOING TO START TO SEE CASES MORE FREQUENTLY WITHOUT I WANT TO TURN THIS OVER TO OUR STATE EPIDEMIOLOGIST START STATE EPIDEMIOLOGIST DOCTOR RACHEL HERLIHY AND SHE CAN TALK MORE ABOUT OUR CONTROL MEASURES THE BUYERS, THANK YOU

GOOD AFTERNOON THANK YOU THE WRIST MOST COLORADANS FROM THIS CASE IS LOW WHAT WE KNOW FROM OUR CONTACT INVESTIGATION THUS FAR IS THAT THE PATIENTS TRAVEL DID NOT PUT MANY OTHERS AT RISK WE'RE WORKING WITH THE APPROPRIATE LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCIES TO CONTACT ALL PEOPLE WHO ARE POTENTIALLY EXPOSED TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE QUARANTINED AND TO TEST AS APPROPRIATE

NUMBER OF PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE DIRECT CLOSE CONTACT WITH A PERSON WITH KOBE 19 TO BE AT RISK THAT MEANS CONFINED SPACE FOR MORE THAN 10 MINUTES WE UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT CATCHING THE ILLNESS AND WE DO EXPECT TO HAVE MORE CASES HERE IN COLORADO TIME THOSE SIMPLE EVERYDAY ACTIONS LIKE WASHING YOUR HANDS COVERING COUGHS AND SNEEZES AND STAYING HOME WHEN YOU'RE SICK WE'LL MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND LIMITING AND SLOWING THE SPREAD OF THIS DISEASE >> THANK YOU I WANT INTERVIEWS, PETER BANKO FROM US INSURER HEALTH TO TALK ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THE PROTOCOLS AT SAINT ANTHONY'S AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE BEING DONE SYSTEMWIDE

THANK YOU SO CENTRAL HOW HAS HAD A PLAN FOR A LONG TIME TO PREPARE FOR SUCH AN INCIDENT WE'VE TAKEN ALL APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONS SO WE'VE GOT >> FOR COMMUNITIES, THE APPROPRIATE PROTECT THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE PHARMACEUTICALS AND OTHER THINK SUPPLIES NEEDED TO HANDLE ANY CASES THAT CAME TO US WE OPENED OUR INCIDENT RESPONSE FOR ARSON SURE SYSTEM EARLIER THIS WEEK AND EACH OF OUR 17 HOSPITALS TO PREPARE FOR SUCH AN INCIDENT CAREGIVERS AT SAINT FOR THE SUMMIT MEDICAL CENTER FOLLOWED CDC GUIDELINES FOR CARE OF THE PATIENT EXACTLY USING PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

AND WHEN THE PATIENT AND NEGATIVE PRESSURE ISOLATION WE COORDINATED CARE OF PATIENTS WITH A SUMMIT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND PH AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO AS WELL AS THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE NOTIFY ALL OF OUR ASSOCIATES IN SAINT ANTHONY SUMMIT MEDICAL SOON AS WE FOUND OUT THE PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVES WE'RE ALSO NOTIFYING THE 4 INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE IMPACTED AND AS WELL AS ALL OVER 21,000 CAREGIVERS ACROSS OUR SYSTEM SO THAT WE'RE PREPARED FOR THE NEXT CASE THAT COMES TO ONE OF OUR CLINICS IN COURT OR CENTERS OR HOSPITALS

WITH RESPECT TO THE 4 THAT CARING FOR THE PATIENT WE WILL FOLLOWING CDC GUIDELINES AS WELL GIVING THEM A FREE TESTING THAT'S AVAILABLE BY THE STATE THANK YOU TO BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YES, WITH STATES >> WHAT DOES THE >> AGAIN THIS IS THE FIRST IN COLORADO ARE SOME POSITIVE WE HAVE IT'S NOT SOMETHING POSITIVE

IF THE EMERGENCY POWERS ARE TO KEEP THE PEOPLE COLORADO SAY THEY WANT THE CITY TO INVOKE THAT AUTHORITY, BUT IT'S NOT ABOUT AT THIS POINT WHERE IS THIS IS THE TEACHER THERE WAS AN ORDER BY SCHOOL >> NO D AGAIN DETAILS ARE PENDING ON WHO ON THAT AT THIS POINT THERE'S NO KNOWN CONNECTION TO THE FIRST CASE SO UNLESS ADDITIONAL DETAILS COME OUT IT WILL BE TREATED AS A SECOND CASE AND THAT INFORMATION WILL BE A MORE RACIALLY MADE AVAILABLE YOU HAVE YOUR WHOLE LOT OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NOT STATES HAVE THAT KNOW THEY'RE TRYING UNCERTAIN, ALTHOUGH YOU MAY NOT HAVE NOW CONGRESS HAS THE HOUSE PASSED YESTERDAY I BELIEVE THE SENATE PASSED SUPPLEMENTAL OF ABOUT A MILLION DOLLARS INCLUDED IN THAT ARE A COUPLE THINGS ONE IS INCREASING TESTING CAPACITY NATIONALLY SECONDLY WILL BE NIGH APPROXIMATELY $9 MILLION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH IN COLORADO ARE OFF AS TO WOULD BE RECEIVED AGAIN WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT RESOURCES WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT EMERGENCY AUTHORITY IT ALL DEPENDS AH HOW HOW MUCH THIS GROWS NOW AGAIN OUR HOPE IS THAT THEY ARE ACTING QUICKLY BY ACTING BOLDLY IN THIS CASE IN THE SECOND CASE IN MANY OTHER CASES, THE NEXT WEEK OR 2

WE HOPE THAT WE DON'T NEED ADDITIONAL RESOURCES WE HOPE THAT WE DON'T NEED TO INVOKE EMERGENCY AUTHORITY AGAIN DEPENDING ON WHAT HAPPENS WE STAND BY READY TO DO THAT BUT I THIS POINT ARE OPENSTACK QUICKLY ENOUGH TO AVOID THAT >> POSITIVE CASE THIS INDIVIDUAL EXPOSED PEOPLE ARE OR IN BUSINESSES IN >> THERE ARE AGAIN 2 PEOPLE THAT ARE COLORADO RESIDENTS THAT TRAVELS WITH HIM AND RECREATED WITH HIM AND HIS FIANCE AS WELL ARE UNDER A QUARANTINE RIGHT NOW THE PENDING COURT HE BORDERS ON THOSE INDIVIDUALS AND AS PART OF THE INTERVIEW AND HEALTH EVALUATION PROCESS WE ARE LEARNING IF THERE'S ANYBODY ELSE THAT HE CAME IN CONTACT WITH AN EASY PLACE IN AIR BY THE US HERE IS THE NEW YORK IN WE DON'T HAVE THE INFORMATION OF WHAT KINDS OF OUTDOOR RECREATION WAS ENGAGED WITH BUT HE WAS HERE FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION AND A COLORADO AS DONE ANY OF THAT OR WHEN HE ARRIVED HERE, HE WAS HEALTHY AGAIN BE RECREATED WITH HIS FRIENDS WERE NOW UNDER QUARANTINE COUNTY WHAT THEY'RE SAYING IS THERE AN EFFORT TO DO PEOPLE KNOW YOU KNOW AGAIN WHAT SOME COUNTY WE COULD TRIGGER A SUMMIT COUNTY, A PUBLIC HEALTH THAT THEY ARE LOOKING AT ANYBODY HE MIGHT HAVE COME INTO CONTACT WITH AND MAKE SURE THAT THOSE PEOPLE ARE GIVEN THE THE APPROPRIATE WARNING FOR SOME ONLY ONLY COMING OUT OF COUNTY'S BEHALF IS THAT WE'RE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE CDPH E ON >> INVESTIGATION AND ALL THE EFFORTS AND WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THEM LEADING UP TO THIS AS WELL SO THE COUNTY HAS PANDEMIC PLANNING IN PLACE AS WELL WE'VE OPENED OUR YOSSI I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE STATE TO IDENTIFY ANY OTHER CONCERNING AREAS WE JUST CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT THERE'S LIKE AN EFFORT CALM US NOT AT THIS SO THE COUNTY MANAGER'S STOCK >> THAT IN TIME FOR THE ATTORNEY FOR 2 OF THE CONVERSATION WITH HIM I THINK YOU KNOW TAKING THIS INFORMATION IN STRIDE

HE WAS JUST GIVEN THE DIAGNOSIS THIS AFTERNOON AND WITH HIM TOMORROW PERIOD OF THE LIKELY TO BE YOU KNOW 4 TO 21 DAYS AT LEAST AND YOU KNOW IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU MAINTAIN IS AN ISOLATION ORDER AND OUR TRY TO MAKE HIM AS COMFORTABLE AS WE CAN FOR SAYING COLORADO, YOU NOTICE A MEDICAL THIS POINT IT SHE IS UNDER WITH AN ORDER ANY ISOLATION IS SOMEBODY ACTUALLY A SCORCHING SOMEBODY WHO'S BEEN EXPOSED SHOOTER AS OF THIS MOMENT, EITHER HAS OR IS PENDING MOVING FROM VOLUNTARY QUARANTINE TO JEFFERSON COUNTY OF TO BE OR THAT'S ALL THE INFORMATION WE HAVE A THERE NICE OVATION IN COURT YOU IN 2 DIFFERENT THEY'RE NOT THE SAME IS ONE OF I DON'T HAVE THAT INFORMATION BUT YOU KNOW SOME OF THAT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE

TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE MIGHT ARE THOSE ON THE PLANE AT RISK THE ACCORDING TO THE CDC GUIDELINES, THE ANSWER IS NO WE NEED HE WAS ASYMPTOMATIC THEREFORE THEY'RE THE DA YES YEAH, A RENTAL CAR TO SUMMIT WAS IS HOW YOU GOT THERE HOW MANY IS THAT FOR PEOPLE IN OR THAT THERE ARE THERE ARE SO AGAIN ONE UNDER

ISOLATION THAT SITUATION 3 UNDER QUARANTINE 2 FRIENDS WERE COLORADO RESIDENTS AND HIS FIANCE WHO TRAVELED HEALTH CARE WORKERS AT SOME POINT YOU KNOW AGE OF THE ADEQUATE PRECAUTIONS AND THEY WILL BE TESTED BY A THEY THEY TOOK THE PRECAUTIONS AT THIS POINT THERE'S NO POINT RECOMMEND THINKING HE MAY HAVE PICKED THIS UP TO AND AGAIN WHAT WE HAVE ON INFORMATION IS THAT ONE OF HIS ASSOCIATES OF THE SEA WITH THE WORK WE HAVE HERE A TRAVEL COMPANION OF HIS TO ITALY AND POSITIVE CASE OF COVID 19 SO YOU TRAVEL WITH SOMEBODY WHO WAS LATER DIAGNOSED WITH COLD AT THE HE TRAVELED ITALY WITH A TRAVEL COMPANION, HIS TRAVEL COMPANION EARLIER BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID NOW HE IS A IS FOR SOMETHING POSITIVE TO COCAINE FOR MISTER PENA WE ARE REPORTS THAT HOSPITAL OR HOUSE AND SOMETIMES A WALK DOWN THAT SPECIAL THERE >> THAT'S NOT SURE WHERE WE WERE AVAILABLE TO CARE FOR EVERYBODY WE'VE NOTIFIED ALL OF OUR ASSOCIATES THIS AFTERNOON, INCLUDING THE FLOOR THAT ARE THERE THERE ARE ONLY 4 PEOPLE THAT WERE EXPOSED TO TAKING ALL THAT ON THE CDC GUIDELINES AND MAKING SURE THEY CAN TEST AND SON OF >> FOR OPEN AND AVAILABLE FOR PATIENT WALK AND SAY THAT THE CENTER FOR PEOPLE AHEAD OF TIME TO LET YOU KNOW WE KNEW WHO I CAN'T GET INTO THE DETAILS BUT WE KNEW THE HAD CONCERNS ABOUT HIS ILLNESS AHEAD OF TIME SO WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS WHEN HE ARRIVED TO THE HOSPITAL IF OTHER PEOPLE THINK THAT A PEACE ISSUE THEY CALL IT IS SOMETHING I'M SUPPOSED TO WALK IS WHEN YOU PARENTS ACTUALLY MORE REST ALL OF OUR STAFF ARE PREPARED SO IF SOMEONE PRESENTS WITH THE GUIDELINES AROUND PREPARATION ALL OF OUR STAFF KNOW WHAT TO DO AND ARE FULLY PREPARED TO TAKE CARE OF SOMEBODY SO WHETHER YOU CALL OR NOT WE'RE PREPARED

>> CAN YOU CLARIFY SOMEBODY AGAIN THAT WAY TO THE SITE CHANGE THE TESTING CRITERIA WE'RE YOU KNOW IN THE PAST THIS IS A >> OF COURSE WE'LL CONTINUE ON THE CDC DOESN'T CRITERION EDITION WE WILL AGGRESSIVELY USING A SECRET ANYBODY IN THE CHAIN OF CONTACT WITH THIS FIRST CASE AS WELL AS THE GET THESE ARE BASED ON HERE IS WITH THE PATIENTS WHO MIGHT HAVE COME INTO CONTACT WITH AH WE FEEL THAT WE HAVE THE SUFFICIENT ABILITY FOR AT LEAST THESE 2 CASES AND PERHAPS EVEN A FEW MORE TO AGGRESSIVELY TEST EVERYBODY THAT YOU GREAT CONFIDENCE IN THE STATE TEST IS THERE >> THE SENATE ACCURACY I JUST KIND OF A NEW WE YOU KNOW WE CALL A PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE THAT'S JUST WHAT THE TERMINOLOGY IS FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, IT IS TO BE CONFIRMED BY ICC TO BE OFFICIALLY CALLED POSITIVE WE HAVE THIS >> 93 NEGATIVE TEST 38 PENDING TESTS AND 2 POSITIVE TESTS THAT HAVE OVERALL PEOPLE HERE A OF CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR AND ALL WHO OUT 30 LAW SHOULD CONCERNED ABOUT THE CROWDS FIND AREAS WELL I DON'T YOU KNOW I DON'T PLAN CHANGING MIND THAT'S A PERSONAL DECISION I THINK AGAIN TAKE IF URL DON'T GO TO IF YOU SEE SOMEBODY COUGHING OR SNEEZING IS USUALLY NOT A GOOD IDEA TO GO RIGHT UP TO THE ANYWAY YOU DON'T WANT THE FLU DON'T CALL >> THIS CASE THERE ARE AT THIS POINT IN TIME AGAIN THERE ARE GREATER HEALTH THREATS IN COLORADO, BUT WATCHING WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OTHER PLACES WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE STICK STEP WE CAN GET THIS IN ABOUT THE BUT TO PREVENT THIS FROM BREAKING OUT IN COLORADO AND A GREAT ARE QUESTIONS THAT TIMELINE ON THE CDC OPERATION ALONG 48 HOURS CREATE WITHIN 48 SORT THIS WE HAVE 3 OTHER INFORMATION NO WE'RE STILL WORKING QUESTION A WHERE THAT INSURERS PLAY HE'S SEEN

>> SO WE SEE WHAT SOME OTHER STATES HAVE DONE AT THIS THAT FREE TEST THE COLORADO WAS DOING ON HIS COVERING THE MAN WE HOPE TO INCREASE THOSE IF THOSE ARE GOING TO BE RUN BY OTHER WE WOULD USE LOOK AT USING OUR AUTHORITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE WAS NO I DON'T CHARGE TO PATIENTS >> ANY ADDITIONAL STAFF DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE >> SO THERE IS A GOING BREAK WAS SUMMIT COUNTY WAS IN THE KEYSTONE AREA OF SUMMIT COUNTY THAT HAS STRAIN SOME OF OUR LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES

PART OF THAT IS WHY WE'RE WORKING SO CLOSELY WITH THE STATE AND THE EPA SHE TO BE ABLE BOLSTER THE AMOUNT OF STAFF THAT WE HAVE THE STATE HAS BEEN VERY FORTHCOMING WITH RESOURCES AND WE EXPECT THAT TO LEVERAGE THOSE NEED IT >> YOU KNOW WHAT CAR COMPANY THAT PROMISED THAT ARE JUST BACK WE DON'T HAVE THAT JUST HEARD FROM GOVERNOR JARED POLIS THERE ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER HEALTH OFFICIALS SPEAKING TO THIS VERY QUICK RESPONSE IN ORDER TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD AND ALSO TO MINIMIZE FEAR HERE OF THESE 2 PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS HE SAID AS PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE FOR ALL INTENSIVE PURPOSES WE SHOULD JUST ASSUME THESE TO BE POSITIVE CASES ONCE THAT IS CONFIRMED NATIONALLY NOW HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE FIRST CASE WE KNOW A MAN TRAVELING OUT OF STATE IN HIS 30'S VISITED SUMMIT COUNTY, WE KNOW THAT HE HAD KNOWN EXPOSURE TO SOMEONE WHO DID TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS OF THE MAN WHO SPENT TIME IN ITALY IN MID FEBRUARY THAT MAN FLEW TO DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE HE RENTED A CAR >> HE TRAVELED TO A CONDO AGAIN THEY SAID WHILE HE WAS TRAVELING HE HAD NO KNOWN SYMPTOMS AT THE TIME THEY SAID THAT DOES AND MINIMIZE THE THREAT LEVEL AND THE FEAR FOR THOSE THAT WERE AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL WHEN THEY SAY WHEN YOU DON'T PRESENT SYMPTOMS IT DOES MEAN THAT YOU'RE LIKELY NOT AS CONTAGIOUS IF CONTAGIOUS AT ALL ON MARCH 3RD HE STARTED TO DEVELOP SYMPTOMS

THAT'S WHEN HE WENT TO SAINT ANTHONY HOSPITAL IN FRISCO HE WAS THEN TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL IN JEFF CO ONCE THAT TEST RESULTS CAME BACK PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE THEY BROUGHT HIM DOWN TO LOWER ELEVATION BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THIS WOULD AID IN HIS RECOVERY THAT PATIENT NOW IN ISOLATION THEY DID NOT SAY EXACTLY WHERE THIS PATIENTS RECEIVING TREATMENT WE ALSO KNOW HE HAD 2 COMPANIONS WITH HIM AT THE TIME THOSE COMPANIONS ARE IN QUARANTINE VERY DIFFERENT FROM ISOLATION ISOLATION IS WHERE YOU GO WHEN YOU TEST POSITIVE, WE KNOW THAT QUARANTINE IS WHERE YOU GO WHEN YOU'RE AT RISK OF TESTING POSITIVE FOR AND HIS FIANCE AS WELL ALSO IN QUARANTINE AND WE ALSO KNOW THAT HE WANTED TO MAKE A POINT THAT THEY ARE TESTING VERY AGGRESSIVELY GOING TO BE ON THE CDC GUIDELINES AT THIS POINT AND SO IT'S NOT GOING TO BE UNUSUAL IF WE START TO HEAR WE'RE GOING START TO HEAR MORE FREQUENT CASES POTENTIALLY OF THE CORONAVIRUS AS WELL AS THEY WANTED TO MAKE A POINT THAT IF YOU WERE IN A CONFINED SPACE FOR MORE THAN 10 MINUTES >> THAT IS WHEN YOU ARE MORE AT RISK IF THERE WAS A PERSON WHO HAD TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS IS SOMETHING THAT THEY WANT TO KEEP IN MIND THERE YES, WELL RIGHT NOW WE DO WANT TO SEND IT OUT TO MICHAEL KONOPASEK HAS MORE ON THE TESTING WHEN IT COMES TO THE CORONAVIRUS HERE IN COLORADO >> RIGHT NOW 20 PEOPLE AT THE STATE LABORATORY ARE SPECIFICALLY TESTING FOR THE CORONAVIRUS THAT CAUSES THE COVID AT 19 DISEASE STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS THEY SAY QUOTE ALL HANDS ARE ON DECK >> STEP ONE REQUIRES PROTECTIVE GEAR AS A LAB TECH HANDLES INFECTIOUS MATERIAL WITH THE POTENTIAL OF CONTAINING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS CALLED OUT TO THE VIRAL NUCLEIC ACID OUT OF ANY SAMPLES ARE IN A IS EXTRACTED SENDING THE SAMPLE THE STAGE TO WHERE IT STANDS UP WITH REACTION TARGETS, POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE CONTROLS OF THE VIRUS IN LEE TREMONTI IS THE SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR HERE AT THE STATE PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY

HER TEAM HAS BEEN BUSY SINCE EARLY THIS YEAR WE'RE SEEING A SURGE IN TEST REQUEST AND THE COVID 19 WORK IS BEING DONE WELL DEMAND REMAINS FOR OTHER TESTS WE TEST FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT PATHOGENS EVERY DAY STAFF ARE HIGHLY TRAINED THIS IS WHAT WE DO EVERY DAY HERE IN THIS STATE IS USING THE CDC EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION TEST FOR A VIRUS THAT IS STILL A MYSTERY TO HEALTH OFFICIALS AROUND THE WORLD SAMPLES ARE COLLECTED FROM THE NOSE AND THROAT BUT AFTER THOSE SAMPLES ARE SECURED MUCH OF WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IS UNKNOWN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC A REASON WHY STATE OFFICIALS INVITED THE MEDIA HERE TO SHOW OFF THEIR WORK I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING BEHIND THE SCENES HERE AT THE LABORATORY TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE THE STAFF READY THAT WERE PROCESSING THE SAMPLES TO THE DOOR AS THEY COME IN >> SO THERE YOU GO BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK NOW FROM THAT LABORATORY, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT THE REPORTING AND THE STATE REPORTS ON MONDAY WEDNESDAY'S

>> AND FRIDAY'S ROUTINELY SINCE EARLIER IN THE YEAR SO MORE RESULTS TO COME OUT TOMORROW AS YOU HEARD FROM THE GOVERNOR MUCH EARLIER THERE AND WE HAVE A LINK ON OUR WEB SITE ALL OF THAT INFORMATION YOU CAN FIND THAT AT KDVR DOT COM WE ARE LIVE IN DENVER, I'M MICHAEL KONOPASEK FOX 31 ALRIGHT MICHAEL THANK YOU ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS AROUND COLORADO DOING THEIR PART TO KEEP CLASSROOM SAFE FROM ANY POTENTIAL CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK FOX THIRTY-ONE'S KEVIN TORRES ON THAT ANGLE FOR US THIS EVENING, JOINING US LIVE FROM DOWNTOWN DENVER >> HE'S BEEN TALKING WITH DISTRICTS ABOUT THEIR PLANS ALL PARENTS OBVIOUSLY WANT TO HEAR THIS INFORMATION CAN >> ABSOLUTELY ARE SAYING YOU KNOW THE BREAKING NEWS THIS EVENING IS EXACTLY WHAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE STATE HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS GOING ABOUT THINGS HOW THEY HAVE BEEN TELLING PEOPLE TO WASH THEIR HANDS NOT TOUCH THEIR FACE BUT THEY ALSO HAVE THESE NEW TOOLS

>> KEEP MAKING SURE THAT SCHOOLS SAFE FOR KIDS >> AND JOHN F KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL IN SOUTHWEST, DENVER FACILITIES MANAGER TONY REVELLE AS HAS HIS HANDS YEAH, HE'S USING A CORDLESS ELECTROSTATIC HANDHELD SPRAY WHICH IS FULL OF DISINFECTS >> THEY FEED OUTDOOR NOT ANY EVERYTHING DPS HAS 6 OF THEM WHICH IT ROTATES BETWEEN ITS 200 PLUS SCHOOLS ON AN AS NEEDED >> THE CHEMICAL THEY USE APPROVED BY THE CDC TO HELP COMBAT VIRUSES SUCH AS THE FLU, THE NOROVIRUS AND COULD EVEN HELP WITH THE CORONAVIRUS OR IT KILLS ALL THE TERM EVERYTHING AND HAS A ONE MINUTE TIME >> FOR KILLING ALL YES AS AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE GOES THROUGH AN ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTICE AN UPTICK IN THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS CALLING OUT 6 FEWER THAN 10% OF THE SCHOOL STUDENT BODY CALLS OUT SICK DPS ONLY DISINFECTS CLASSROOMS, ONE SAID NUMBER HITS 10% THE DISTRICT WILL DISINFECT THE ENTIRE BUILDING AT 35% OR ABOVE ADMINISTRATORS OF CALL IN OUTSIDE HELP FROM CONTRACTED VENDORS FORTUNATELY THEY HAVEN'T HAD TO USE THEM FOR ANY POTENTIAL CORONAVIRUS NOTHING NOTHING YET SO WE'LL GET AND FOR THE PRODUCT PS HIS MESSAGE TO PARENTS RIGHT NOW A SIMPLE IF YOUR KIDS ARE SET >> KEEP THEM HOME DON'T SEND THEM TO SCHOOLS

>> GOOD ADVICE IN CASE, YOU'RE WONDERING HOW MUCH ONE OF THOSE GREEN DISINFECTANT SPRAY DOESN'T COST LOOK IT UP ABOUT A $1000 A PIECE NOW SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, STRICT STATE AS WELL AS DPS ARE WORKING WITH STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS TO FOLLOW THEIR GUIDELINES TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS SAFE TO LIVE IN DOWNTOWN DENVER, I'M KEVIN TORRES FOX 31

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