Emerging Infectious Diseases
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
There is an expanding global outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, named COVID-19. Public Health is closely monitoring this outbreak in collaboration with other national, state and local partners. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we are committed to providing frequent updates.
Notice of Public Health Order 20-22
We understand people may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them. Colorado now has two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.
If you have general questions about COVID-19, you can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. You can also email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
The CDPHE Environmental Cleaning Guidance document for COVID-19 is a guidance document on environmental cleaning for multiple settings in response to COVID-19. For more detailed information, please refer to the Environmental Cleaning web page.
Global and United States cases
This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the most up-to-date information on global and U.S. cases visit:
United States cases
The first deaths have been reported in the United States and community spread has been confirmed in certain parts of the country.
Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. According to the CDC, while there is some community spread in the United States, there is no evidence of national spread of COVID-19.
What we know
- People who are at greatest risk for this virus are:
- People who recently traveled to a part of the world where infection rates are high or community spread is occurring.
- People in communities where the virus is spreading.
- Close contacts of people who were diagnosed with COVID-19.
- At this time of year, there are many causes of respiratory illness in Colorado and around the globe.
- There are many kinds of coronaviruses currently circulating in Colorado and the U.S. that cause respiratory illness. These coronaviruses are not all COVID-19.
- People who have symptoms and a recent travel history to an area where COVID-19 is widely spreading should contact a health care provider.
- Symptoms of coronavirus infection include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. Symptoms usually appear within two to 14 days after exposure.
- People who have coronavirus symptoms who also have a recent travel history to an area where COVID-19 is widely spreading should first call a health care provider, urgent care, or hospital for instructions before going to a clinic or emergency room in person.
- COVID-19 is able to spread from person-to-person and has caused disease ranging from mild to severe, including disease resulting in death.
What we don’t know
- We don’t know how the illness will unfold in Colorado.
- We don’t yet know exactly how or how easily COVID-19 can spread between humans, but likely it spreads like other coronaviruses -- mostly through coughing and sneezing or close personal contact.
What you can do
As with other respiratory viruses, we recommend people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one, to provide protection against the flu.
- Create a personal preparedness plan.
What the Las Animas - Huerfano Counties Public Health is doing
- Public Health remains vigilant of the situation as it changes in order to act in a timely manner.
- Public Health is leading local efforts and proactively partnering with the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management and other partners to plan, prepare and respond together as a community.
What the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is doing
- CDPHE is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and organizations across the state to ensure a response that is strong, proactive, and collaborative.
- Providing information about the outbreak and how to report suspect cases to local health departments and health care providers in Colorado.
- Coordinating with local public health agencies to determine the need for monitoring, quarantine, or other restriction of movement and activities for at-risk travelers.
- Assuring that health care providers know how to safely manage persons with possible COVID-19 infection.
- Supporting hospitals and local public health laboratories for collection and shipment of specimens for testing.
- Actively monitoring the situation and refining response plans.
- Conducting COVID-19 testing. This service is provided only when ordered by a health care provider.
- For more information, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's COVID-19 web page.
For more information about the outbreak, visit the CDC COVID-19 web page. Information on this page is updated daily.
If you have general questions about COVID-19, please call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that have been associated with respiratory illness such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu.
- Some coronaviruses are common and regularly cause illness in the U.S. in the fall and winter. Other coronaviruses like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV have caused outbreaks internationally and have been known to cause severe illness.
Resources for the General Public
- About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Fact Sheet
- CDC Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- Travel Health Notices
- Personal Preparedness Planning
- Stigma and Resilience
- EPA Approved Disinfectants for this Virus
Resources for Health Care Providers and EMS
- Information for Healthcare Professionals
- Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) or Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings
- Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation (PUI)
- Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control FAQs for COVID-19
- Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States
- Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF)
- Resources for Healthcare Facilities
Resources for Business
CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Guidance for Restaurants
- Guidance for Restaurants Offering Raw & Bulk Foods
- Guidance for Restaurants Offering Raw & Bulk Foods - Spanish
Resources for Schools
- Follow the "How Sick is Too Sick" guidelines from CDPHE for school communities.
- Continue to collaborate, share information, and review plans to help protect the whole school community, including those with special health needs.
- Plans should be designed to minimize disruption to teaching and learning and protect students and staff from social stigma and discrimination.
- Plans can build on everyday practices (e.g., encouraging hand hygiene, monitoring absenteeism, communicating routinely) that include strategies for before, during, and after a possible outbreak.
- Visit the CDC interim guidance based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of COVID-19.
- Review the COVID-19 fact sheets and poster in English, Spanish or Simplified Chinese. You can also download combined languages to share and place in your schools:
- Colleges and Universities
- Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools
Fact Sheets, Flyers, and Printable Resources
Planning for schools and child care facilities
I have symptoms of COVID-19. What should I do?
Stop Germs! Wash Your Hands
iDetenga los microbios! Lavese las manos
Hand-Washing for Kids (Air Dyer)
Hand-Washing for Kids (paper towel)
Stop the Germs
COVID-19 Factsheet (Español)
Food Facility Sign