After touring the Colorado State University Infectious Disease Research Lab, Sen. Michael Bennet estimates coronavirus vaccine is 18 months out
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Monday’s confirmation of Larimer County’s first presumptive positive test for the new coronavirus brought the worldwide outbreak home to the county’s nearly 350,000 residents.
What began as an international public health issue is now a local concern. While misinformation has spread along with the virus, the Coloradoan is here to help those living and working in the Fort Collins area make sound decisions about their health and the health of their families.
Toward that effort, we’ve compiled this list of reliable sources of information about the virus, health officials’ guidance and local government leaders’ plans to deal with the outbreak.
Larimer County government
Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is the lead health agency in the county, which many organizations are looking to for guidance.
Visitors can sign up to receive email and text communications about COVID-19 at the website, which includes FAQs, resources for schools, health care providers and high-risk groups, and more public health information.
Municipalities like Fort Collins, Timnath, Wellington and Estes Park are referring their website visitors to the county health department. Loveland’s website did not feature any coronavirus information as of Monday afternoon.
The county health department’s Twitter account (@larimerhealth) is a helpful resource for real-time updates.
Larimer County schools
Colorado State University’s webpage is tracking CSU-related cases — none were known as of Monday — and travel guidance, among other features.
On Sunday, CSU suspended all nonessential, nonathletic faculty staff and student international travel, and strongly discouraged personal international travel by students. CSU said that students who do travel to locations with travel alerts may be required to self-isolate or be quarantined upon their return to campus.
Front Range Community College President Andy Dorsey wrote an update that says the community college is closely monitoring the situation and will follow recommendations from state and local health officials.
Poudre School District has posted its plan for infectious illness response, along with links to frequently asked questions, family guidance and more at its coronavirus response webpage.
PSD will follow the guidance of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment regarding any quarantines, school closures or other public health measures.
Thompson School District is providing a summary to its pandemic plan and other related health guidelines on its website.
Estes Park School District also posted its coronavirus response plan, along with prevention measures and frequently asked questions, on its website.
CDPHE is the highest governmental source of public health information in the state, and the agency that many other governmental agencies are following for guidance.
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The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has a robust coronavirus webpage that includes updated reporting of cases in the nation, a situation summary and guidance from the nation’s top public health experts.
The World Health Organization’s coronavirus website offers travel advice, updated situation reports, maps and more on the global spread of the disease.
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