Seven cases of COVID-19 were confirmed this week in Georgetown, with additional positive cases expected following the contact tracing process. This outbreak reflects the overall trend of increasing new COVID-19 cases around the state and country. In Clear Creek County, our total positive case count is now 71.
According to Dr. Timothy Ryan, County Public Health Director, “If we want our businesses and schools to stay open, we all need to do our part to keep our community healthy and prevent the spread of this highly contagious virus. The most effective ways are to avoid interactions with non-household members and to wear a mask whenever you are out in public.”
Until recently, the majority of cases in Clear Creek County were due to individuals visiting from other areas or residents returning home from working and traveling outside of the county. This current outbreak, however, was caused by “community spread” – people gathering and spreading the virus among themselves and then continuing to spread the virus as they visited public places.
We have provided science-based guidelines to help our community prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we enter the cold and flu season, the strain on public health and medical staff and facilities will increase. The health effects may be different for each individual; you may have very mild symptoms, but your neighbor may need critical hospital care. The elderly and those with underlying health conditions are the most vulnerable, but everyone is at risk of contracting COVID-19.
This is a community effort, not solely a government one. It’s up to you. YOU have the power to reduce the community risk. YOU can help prevent your family and co-workers from getting sick. You CAN make a difference. The virus is spreading in Clear Creek County at an alarming rate. Immediate steps need to be taken right now by each person who lives in, works in and visits Clear Creek County:
- limit interactions with anyone not living with you
- avoid traveling
- wear a mask
- watch your space
- wash your hands
Johns Hopkins University of Medicine | Coronavirus Resource Center– https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html