The Coronavirus pandemic is constantly changing, hence the guidance set forth below may be modified if circumstances and new clinical findings warrant content revisions.
Due to the widespread communicability of the Coronavirus disease, medical personnel and public health agencies have had to adjust guidance for how to best respond to the increasing number of positive Coronavirus cases in the United States and locally.
Under normal circumstances, when a positive case of a communicable disease is reported in a community or subset of a particular population group, public health officials attempt to inform individuals who may have potentially been exposed. However, given the rapid infiltration of the Coronavirus into the U.S., with a rapid escalation of positive cases, public health officials must utilize their resources differently, reprioritizing their standard procedures, to more effectively respond to the immediate needs of the American public.
Given the highly contagious characteristics of Coronavirus, the ongoing community spread and limited resources, the priority of the medical community has shifted from a containment strategy to a mitigation strategy. As a result, it is not feasible to inform individuals who may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Consequently, there is no need to inform the Director of the Health Center at Auraria if you test positive for the Coronavirus, since results are verified and collected by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Effective 3/18/20 the following new guidance is provided so that individuals can better respond to their particular needs.
In all three (3) scenarios outlined below, the following recommendations apply:
Scenario #1: You have symptoms typically associated with Coronavirus (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
U.S. and in Colorado. Due to this shortage, specific criteria must be met in order to qualify for coronavirus testing. However, please know that the CDC and State Health Officials may change the testing criteria at any time.
Scenario #2: You have NO symptoms, but you MAY have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Example: You were in a location, meeting or at an event where someone who tested positive attended; you may or may not have had direct contact with the individual who tested positive.
At this time, test kits and personal protective equipment are in short supply in the U.S. and in Colorado. Due to this shortage, specific criteria must be met in order to qualify for Coronavirus testing. However, please know that the CDC and State Health Officials may change the testing criteria at any time. In this instance, assuming you remain asymptomatic (without any symptoms), it is unlikely that you will qualify for coronavirus testing, based on current guidelines.
Scenario #3: You have NO symptoms and NO known contacts with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
During this global pandemic, it is important to ensure that you receive accurate information. The following links are provided as additional resources.