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Pueblo County confirms first death due to COVID-19

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Posted at 8:45 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 11:41:20-04

PUEBLO COUNTY — The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed the first death in the county Thursday due to COVID-19.

Health officials said the woman was 81 years old. There were no other details released about this case.

"This unfortunate loss highlights the seriousness of this virus. Now more than ever, we want to remind our residents to protect yourself, your family, and the community," Randy Evetts, director of the department, said in a release.

The department announced earlier Thursday that two other women from the county tested positive for the virus. They are 80 and 82 years old.

Test results from the health department reminded residents that not all results are Pueblo County residents since the hospitals "serve and test individuals from outside of Pueblo County."

To date in Pueblo County:

  • 217 tests administered in Pueblo County (including 90 taken at State Fairgrounds on March 19)
  • 73 tests have returned with negative results
  • 137 pending
  • 7 have returned positive results, including 5 from Pueblo county, one from Crowley County, and one from Huerfano County

As of Thursday evening, Pueblo County has five cases of COVID-19. It currently takes a minimum of 7 days for results to be reported to Pueblo Health.

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