Important Things To Know
If you are concerned about possible COVID-19 exposure and have symptoms of COVID-19 (which are fever, cough, or shortness of breath), it is recommended that you stay home and avoid public places EXCEPT TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE. If you need medical care, please call ahead to let your provider know you have these symptoms so they can prepare for your arrival. Please see the "Public Health Recommendations" tab for specific, updated instructions, or call public health for generalized questions or personalized, specific recommendations.
If you have been a CLOSE CONTACT or have had a known exposure, (meaning you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19), please contact public health at 878-9520 in Meeker or 878-9525 in Rangely. The Colorado Department of Public Health and the CDC recommends that you self quarantine for 14 days in your home, leaving only to seek medical care. Public health will provide you and your family with additional instructions. Testing not required and will not always be recommended. It is currently available at Pioneers Hospital and clinic and Rangely District Hospital and clinic by order from a physician (please see details under recommendations page).
People who are at highest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- Other high-risk conditions could include:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
- People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
- People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications