Second Death From Coronavirus Announced In El Paso County

March 19, 2020
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Laboratory scientist Andrea Luquette cultures coronavirus to prepare for testing at U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md.

A second person in El Paso County has died from the new coronavirus. The public health department identified the death as a man in his 60s who reportedly had contact with the county's first fatality.

His passing marks the state's third death from the virus. 

Officials are reminding residents to remain vigilant and practice social distancing by avoiding public areas and gatherings of more than ten people.

Anyone with mild symptoms or suspected exposure to the new coronavirus is asked to stay home and avoid contact with others. Those with severe symptoms are asked to contact their healthcare provider.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they may take up to 14 days to appear.

Health officials in El Paso County are prioritizing testing for older adults and those with underlying health conditions, and for the time being, will limit testing to the most vulnerable populations.