COVID-19 claims the lives of two Eagle County men
County now up to four deaths related to the new coronavirus
EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County Public Health and Environment has reported two more deaths of Eagle County residents from COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to four.
A man in his 80s died during the evening of March 29. Another man, Bruce Church, 83, died at 10:18 a.m. Monday. The man who died Sunday had underlying health conditions, Eagle County public health officials said. Church did not, his family said. The two patients were at separate hospitals.
Church tested positive last Thursday before his death Monday morning, his family said. He lived in the Vail Valley for 25 years, rode his road bike 50 miles at least four times a week, and skied consistently.
“He was healthy and this virus hit him like a freight train,” his family said.
“We are saddened to report the loss of two more community members due to COVID-19. Our hearts go out to their family and friends,” said Heath Harmon, Director of Eagle County Public Health and Environment. “As we grieve, I want to urge our residents to take the necessary precautions to help protect our loved ones.”
Many of the precautions come in the form of the social distancing orders in place throughout the state. The current state of Colorado public health order prohibits all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside of a residence. Further, the orders apply to playgrounds, picnic areas, and other similar areas conducive to public gathering.
“These measures are important to protect our grandparents, our kids, our neighbors, and our friends,” said Harmon. “We still have a ways to go before we turn the corner on this disease in our community and we should be prepared for these restrictions to be in place for several more weeks.”
The measures taken within a home if someone is sick are equally important as the measures taken in the community. The state public health orders state that “individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate until their symptoms cease.” Isolation means that a person with fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or any other symptoms that may be consistent with COVID-19, should stay home for seven days from the start of symptoms and 72 hours until fever-free, whichever is longer. In addition, they should not have contact with other household members, keeping six feet distance when possible, and wearing a mask to help prevent exposures to household members during this time.
Residents should not be leaving their homes except for the critical activities listed below. In addition, when out in public for these activities, people must maintain the minimum six feet safe distance from others.
- Obtaining food and other household necessities, including medicine
- Going to and from work if you are a critical employee
- Seeking medical care
- Caring for dependents or pets
- Caring for a vulnerable person in another location
- Participating in outdoor recreation
Residents may also contact the CO HELP Hotline at 1-877-462-2911 to ask specific questions about COVID-19.