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Posted on: March 20, 2020

National Guard Testing Pre-Screened COVID-19 Patients Monday

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Montrose, CO—The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has selected Montrose County for a surveillance site to collect COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing data and have enlisted the help of the Colorado National Guard.

Tests will be conducted Monday, March 23, at the Montrose County Event Center. One hundred county residents are being carefully selected to be tested based on various risk factors, symptoms, and state requirements for data collection. Local providers and public health experts are coordinating in the selection process. Please note: you may not request the test in person at the testing site, everyone needs to be pre-screened. Please contact your primary care provider to be pre-screened if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 

“We are doing our best to provide as many testing resources as possible to our community,” said Incident Commander Scott Hawkins.  “The pre-screened tests will allow our most vulnerable and potentially ill residents to be tested in an efficient manner and provide timely results.  If we could test more people we would, but testing is very limited at this time. Thank you to Montrose Memorial Hospital for assisting with this effort and working diligently to protect the public health of our community.”  

“It’s important to remember that 80 percent of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms,” said Montrose County Public Health Medical Adviser Dr. Joe Adragna, M.D., M.H.A., M.G.H, FAAFP.  “None of these results will change our clinical management, but will provide valuable public health data.  If you have a cold, cough or a fever, please self-isolate for 14 days, and treat your symptoms.”

  • If you have symptoms and you are otherwise healthy, self-isolate for 14 days and treat your symptoms.
  • If you have symptoms and you are high-risk (over 65 years-old, have a pre-existing condition such as heart, kidney or lung disease, or are immune-compromised), call your provider (or use patient portal if one is available).
  • If you are asymptomatic but have had contact with someone who is sick, you will not be tested and you do not require medical care. Instead, you should self-quarantine for 14 days to see if you develop symptoms.
  • If you are asymptomatic, you will not be tested and do not require medical care. Avoid contact with sick people, limit exposure in public places and continue best practices to do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The Montrose County Event Center was selected as the testing site by Incident Command due to the National Guard requirements for size and safety.  

“There is no threat to public health or safety,” said Commissioner Keith Caddy.  “Now is a time to remain calm and come together as a community.”  

Approximately 70 people from CDPHE and the National Guard will arrive in town Sunday to begin setting up for testing. There will also be increased law enforcement presence on Monday as testing is in progress. For more information on COVID-19, please visit montrosecounty.net/covid-19 or contact the Public Information line at 970-252-4545.

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Montrose, CO. El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) ha seleccionado al Condado de Montrose para un sitio de vigilancia y recopilar datos de prueba COVID-19 (coronavirus) y se ha solicitado la ayuda de la Guardia Nacional de Colorado.

Las pruebas se llevarán a cabo el lunes 23 de Marzo en el Centro de Eventos del Condado de Montrose. Cien residentes del condado están siendo cuidadosamente seleccionados para ser evaluados en función de diversos factores de riesgo, síntomas y requisitos estatales para la recopilación de datos. Los proveedores locales y los expertos en salud pública están coordinando el proceso de selección. Tenga en cuenta: Que no puede solicitar la prueba en persona en el sitio, todos deben ser evaluados previamente. Comuníquese con su proveedor de atención primaria para realizar un examen previo si cree tener síntomas de COVID-19.
Estamos haciendo todo lo posible para proporcionar muchos recursos de prueba como sea posible a nuestra comunidad”, dijo el comandante del incidente Scott Hawkins. “Las pruebas preseleccionadas permitirán que nuestros residentes más vulnerables y potencialmente enfermos sean evaluados de manera eficiente y asi se brinden resultados rápidos. Si pudiéramos evaluar a más personas, lo haríamos, pero las pruebas son muy limitadas en este momento. Gracias a Montrose Memorial Hospital por ayudar con este esfuerzo y trabajar diligentemente para proteger la salud pública de nuestra comunidad”.

Es importante recordar que el 80 por ciento de las personas que prueban positivo para COVID-19 tienen síntomas leves o ningún síntoma ", dijo el asesor médico de salud pública del condado de Montrose, Dr. Joe Adragna, M.D., M.H.A., M.G.H, FAAFP. “Ninguno de estos resultados cambiará nuestro procedimiento de manejo clínico, pero proporcionará datos valiosos de la salud pública. Si tiene un resfriado, tos o fiebre, aíslese por 14 días y trate sus síntomas ".

• Si tiene síntomas y, por lo demás, está sano, aíslese por 14 días y trate sus síntomas.

• Si tiene síntomas y tiene un alto riesgo (más de 65 años, tiene una condición preexistente, como una enfermedad cardíaca, renal o pulmonar, o está inmunocomprometida), llame a su doctor (o use el portal del paciente si tiene uno creado).

• Si es asintomático (se encuentra bien de salud), pero ha tenido contacto con alguien que está enfermo, no se le realizará una prueba y no necesitará atención médica. En su hogar, debe ponerse en cuarentena durante 14 días para ver si desarrolla síntomas.

• Si usted es asintomático (se encuentra bien de salud), no será examinado y no requiere atención médica. Evite el contacto con personas enfermas, limite la exposición en lugares públicos y continúe con las mejores prácticas para hacer su parte en prevenir la propagación de COVID-19 (coronavirus).

El Centro de Eventos del Condado de Montrose fue seleccionado como sitio de pruebas por el Comando de Incidentes debido a los requisitos de tamaño y seguridad requeridos por la Guardia Nacional.
No existe ninguna amenaza de salud o de seguridad pública”, dijo el comisionado Keith Caddy. "Ahora es el momento de mantener la calma y unirnos como comunidad".

Aproximadamente 70 personas del CDPHE y la Guardia Nacional llegarán a la ciudad el Domingo, que empezarán a prepararse para las pruebas. También habrá una mayor presencia policial el Lunes a durante el progreso de las pruebas. Para obtener más información sobre COVID-19, visite montrosecounty.net/covid-19 o comuníquese con la línea de Información pública al 970-252-4545.


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