El Paso County Health reports 3 more COVID-19 outbreaks

KOAA Covering Colorado
Posted at 1:11 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 08:40:05-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The El Paso County Health Department is reporting three more outbreaks of COVID-19, bringing the total number of outbreaks reported in the county this week to five.

Health officials announced three additional locations in the county with positive cases:

  • Three employees at McDonald's located at 535 Airport Creek Point
  • Two employees at Springs Fabrication located at 850 Aeroplaza Drive
  • Two residents at Cheyenne Mountain Care Center located at 835 Tenderfoot Hill Road.

An outbreak is defined as two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, according to the department.

El Paso County Health said Sunday that three Goodwill employees at 4158 Austin Bluffs Parkway tested positive for the virus. An updated number by the county says there are now four confirmed cases from that store. Health officials said anyone who may have been at this location beginning on May 9 should monitor for symptoms.

Then, the county reported three Walmart employees at 1575 Space Center Drive tested positive. The department has also updated that number to four employees with the virus. Out of caution, the department said anyone who may have been at this Walmart location between May 8 and 13 should also monitor for symptoms.

Most recently, Gov. Jared Polis reiterated to Coloradans that if you have symptoms, you can get tested for free.

"If you have symptoms of COVID-19, consult your medical provider and get tested," Polis said.

The health department is encouraging anyone who is experience COVID-19 symptoms to get tested at a community testing location. UCHealth at 175 S. Union Blvd. is offering testing Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Peak Vista at 3205 North Academy Blvd. is offering testing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Pueblo County is offering testing at 1001 Beulah Ave. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.