The first positive case of COVID-19 was reported in Lake County this morning. The patient is a 50 year old female from Lake County and was likely exposed through community transmission, Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) said. The agency is in the process of investigating the case further.

According to LCPHA, the agency is still waiting on COVID-19 test results from over a week ago, as the state lab is receiving a higher number of test samples than it has the capacity to process.

Though the case is the first positive COVID-19 test result in Lake County, LCPHA and other public entities have been operating under the premise that COVID-19 has been circulating in Lake County for over a week.

For example, when Lake County individuals are tested for COVID-19, they are either hospitalized or instructed to self-isolate for 10 days following the onset of symptoms. Essentially, tested individuals have been treated as if they have received a positive result.

Governor Jared Polis issued a stay-at-home order on March 25 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All Lake County residents are expected to stay home and practice social distancing.

From our sister paper the Leadville Herald at www.leadvilleherald.com

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