Although there are no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Eagle County or the state of Colorado, Eagle County health officials are taking steps to prepare in the event a case emerges in the county.

“We are working very closely with our medical partners to ensure the most current guidance is being provided about how to evaluate people for novel coronavirus and what precautions need to be taken by our medical providers,” said Becky Larson, epidemiologist and deputy director for Eagle County Public Health and Environment. “At this time, testing is only being considered for people that develop fever or cough within two weeks of travel to China or direct contact with a confirmed coronavirus case.”

The guidance for testing and evaluating patients is evolving rapidly with the outbreak. As new information and data continues to emerge, updates are made to this guidance. This information is then relayed from Eagle County Public Health and Environment directly to the local health care system.

The most current guidance and information related to this outbreak can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus website. This site also includes information for travelers, including precautions and travel alerts to help reduce risks of exposure and infection by the novel coronavirus. Contacting a primary health care provider or urgent care center by phone to report symptoms and relevant travel history prior to seeking care is strongly encouraged.

Health care providers in Eagle County, as well as across Colorado, are in contact with each other daily through the county and state departments of public health.