Broomfield Public Health is reporting the first death related to the COVID-19 coronavirus in the City and County of Broomfield. The individual who died was a woman in her 70s who had extensive underlying health conditions. No additional information is available at this time.
“It is with heavy hearts that we inform the community that a Broomfield resident has passed away from complications associated with COVID-19. We express our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of the woman ” said Jason Vahling, Broomfield Public Health Director.
Public Health officials are investigating this and all confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Broomfield and the surrounding areas to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the virus by conducting in-depth interviews and risk assessments.
“We don’t know where the virus is in all cases and many people will experience mild symptoms, never knowing they have COVID-19. This is incredibly dangerous because those people can still infect their neighbors, their families, and their co-workers,” said Vahling.
Broomfield officials continue to urge residents to assume the coronavirus is widespread in our community and stay diligent about the stay at home order and social distancing requirements.
“We can’t do this alone - the community response is critical in this historic health crisis,” said City and County Manager Jennifer Hoffman. “We need to come together by staying home. We know this is hard, especially for our teenagers, but this is an unprecedented threat that requires unprecedented sacrifices.”
Self-isolate if you have COVID-19 type symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath). To flatten the curve, and impact on the healthcare system, go to the hospital only if you need urgent/emergent care (for instance, if you experience severe respiratory issues or difficulty breathing).
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The people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 are:
- Older people (over age 60), especially those over 80 years.
- People who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease, or diabetes.
- Older people with chronic medical conditions are at greatest risk.
To date, Colorado has 2,627 cases across 47 counties. Of these cases, 414 have been hospitalized and 51 have died, the majority being in the elderly population. More than 15,364 have been tested for COVID-19 in Colorado.