First COVID-19 outbreak at long-term care facility in Pueblo County

Brookdale El Camino in Pueblo
Posted at 4:40 PM, Apr 13, 2020

PUEBLO COUNTY — The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE) announced Monday the first outbreak of COVID-19 in a long-term care facility in the county.

The Department said that to date, Brookdale El Camino has four staff members and six residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

In late March, one employee tested positive with COVID-19. Brookdale El Camino immediately notified family members and staff members. A week later, a resident tested positive, but was not linked to the original employee positive with COVID-19. The following week several other employees and residents tested positive for COVID-19, according to the PDPHE.

“We are very concerned about the residents and staff and wish for a full and quick recovery,” stated Randy Evetts, public health director at PDPHE. “Protecting the health of our community is our top priority, and we are continuing to do contact investigations per established public health process and guidelines to reduce the spread of this virus at Brookdale El Camino and in community.”

Since March 13, Brookdale El Camino has not allowed visitors, a policy that will continue indefinitely throughout the pandemic.

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