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COVID-19 outbreak confirmed at Canon City vet clinic

Posted at 3:40 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 19:20:53-04

FREMONT COUNTY — The Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment (FCDPHE) has confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak at a veterinary clinic in Canon City.

According to the FCDPHE, there have been two confirmed positive cases among staff at Rose Veterinary Clinic of Canon City.

An outbreak is defined as "two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a facility or (non-household) group with onset in a 14 day period."

The FCDPHE said it is conducting case investigations to identify and notify people who may have been exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Free COVID-19 testing is available at the FCDPHE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-11:30 am by appointment only. The FCDPHE will not take any unscheduled people for testing.

Via the FCDPHE, Rose Veterinary Clinic of Canon City released the following statement:

"We at Rose Veterinary Hospital are very sorry to announce that our offices will be closed until Monday, August 17th due to a COVID-19 exposure to our staff. We are in contact with the Fremont County Health Dept and are following all instructions and guidelines given by them. We want to assure all our valued clients that there is no risk to you as we have been following our own stringent guidelines since early March. This includes curbside services, PPE, and distancing while interacting with our clients. All staff members have been monitoring themselves for any symptoms and wearing masks. We are incredibly sorry for any inconvenience and will be doing our very best to accommodate our clients’ needs during this time. Clients can email or call the hospital and leave a message with any questions. As always, we encourage the use of our online store and pharmacy for all your pet’s needs. The link to the online pharmacy is located at the bottom of our website and don't forget to use the codes AWESOME25 to receive a discount. If you have an appointment scheduled during the next two weeks, we will be working diligently to either re-schedule or offer telemedicine appointments with Dr. Rose. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding and we will continue to provide the best possible care for you and your furry family as we navigate the next 2 weeks."