Second Eagle County death from COVID-19 complications
Man in his 40 is the youngest person in the state to die from complications caused by the virus
Eagle County Public Health and Environment is reporting the second death of an Eagle County resident from COVID-19 complications. The patient was a man in his 40s. No other information is currently available.
“It is with deep sadness that we confirm the death of another community member from COVID-19,” said Heath Harmon, director of Eagle County Public Health and Environment. “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family during this extremely difficult time.”
Deaths in the state linked to COVID-19, according to numbers from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, hit 33 on Friday.
Among those 33, the Eagle County man is the youngest person in the state to die from complications caused by the virus, shattering the notion among some that younger Coloradans are immune to serious complications from the disease. He was a father of three.
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As health and medical providers continue to respond to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Eagle County, some responders are turning their attention to the emotional needs in the community.
“We are a small community. The loss of another community member has an impact on all of us,” Harmon said. “As we all mourn this loss, it will be important to support one another in the moment, as well as consider the emotional support we will need for the days and weeks ahead.”
The recent increase in behavioral health resources in Eagle County has also played an important part in the community’s response to COVID-19. Eagle Valley Behavioral Health has served as a hub to ensure that behavioral health resources are both available and accessible to all.
Behavioral health resources are available in both English and Spanish through a variety of organizations. See below for a list of providers.
Mental Health Resources
Crisis Information | Información de Crisis
Hope Center – Eagle River Valley | Centro de Esperanza
24/7 Crisis Line – The Eagle Hope Center is available any time, day or night, to help those experiencing suicidal thoughts or extreme emotional distress. Call 844-493-8255
24/7 Línea de crisis: el Eagle Hope Center está disponible en cualquier momento, de día o de noche, para ayudar a quienes experimentan pensamientos suicidas o angustia emocional extrema. Llama al 844-493-8255
Local number/ Número local: 970-306-4673 www.ourhopecenter.org
Statewide Mental Health Crisis Hotline | Línea Directa para crisis de Salud Mental de Colorado
Text TALK to 38255 | Envíe “TALK” al 38255
Psychotherapists and Counselors | Psicoterapeutas y Consejeros
Eagle Valley Behavioral Health | Salud Conductual de Eagle Valley
Colorado Mountain Medical | Clínica Colorado Mountain Medical
Behavioral Health Contact: Dail Edinger 970-445-2489
Mountain Family Health Center | Centro de Salud Familiar de las Montañas
Mind Springs Health| Mind Springs Health
Eagle: 970-328-6969 Vail: 970-476-0930 http://www.mindspringshealth.org
Samaritan Counseling Center | Centro Samaritano de Consejería
Public health officials are also reminding all residents of the critical importance of social distancing. This means residents should not be leaving their homes except for critical activities, including:
- 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 is acceptable, as long as the mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties is followed.
Residents may also contact the CO HELP Hotline at 1-877-462-2911 to ask specific questions about COVID-19.
Reporting from the Colorado Sun was used in this report.
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