Anthony A. Mestas @mestas3517

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May 19, 2020 at 4:32 PM

Pueblo County health officials said Tuesday that there a second assisted living facility in the county has been hit by a COVID-19 outbreak.

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment reported that the Columbine Chateau in Pueblo West has three residents and one staff member who tested positive for the virus.

Health officials said a resident at Columbine Chateau tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, with two other residents and a staff member testing positive.

The outbreak announcement came as two new cases of the virus were announced Tuesday afternoon.The confirmed positive cases are both women, one a 40-year-old and the other a 53-year-old . Pueblo County has a total of 219 confirmed positive and probable cases among Pueblo County residents.

To date, 14 people have died from COVID-19 countywide.

Meanwhile, the health department has completed contact investigations per established public health process and guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus in the Pueblo West facility.

In addition, the department made a formal request to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to provide testing for all staff and residents of this facility.The testing materials will be shipped to the facility directly. Once the testing is completed by the facility and shipped back to CDPHE, results will be returned within 24 hours.

“Protecting the health of the residents and staff of our assisted living facilities is a top priority,” said Randy Evetts, public health director for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment, in a press release.

“We will continue to work with Columbine Chateau to help minimize the spread of the virus.”

Visiting restrictions at Columbine Chateau were started in mid-March. Public health is working with Columbine Chateau to ensure guidance is being followed to protect the residents and the staff.

Columbine Chateau is the second facility in Pueblo County to report an outbreak.

In April, PDPHE announced an outbreak at Brookdale El Camino. At that time, there were four staff members and six residents who tested positive for COVID-19.

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