Larimer County reported its sixth and seventh confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday.
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment reported confirmed cases in a Loveland woman in her 70s and another in her 80s. Investigation is underway in those cases, according to the county website.
Katie O’Donnell, public information officer at the Larimer County health department, said both cases reported Friday were in residents at North Shore Health & Rehab in Loveland.
Because the facility had a confirmed case last week, anyone with flu-like symptoms has been tested, although some results are still pending, O’Donnell said.
“They do have flu going through that facility as well,” she noted.
Yvonne D. Myers, health systems director for Columbine Health Systems, which runs North Shore, also confirmed the latest cases were residents. Asked about the results of other testing there, she said two employees and three residents have tested negative for the virus.
The first reported case in Larimer County, announced March 9, was in a Johnstown woman in her 50s who works in health care. She is suspected to have been in contact with someone who had traveled overseas to an affected country, and was quarantined at home, as were people who came into close contact with her.
Health officials said she had close household contact with a Weld County resident, who works at North Shore in Loveland. Her case is not considered one of the six Larimer County cases because she lives in Weld County.
Larimer’s second reported case is a woman in her 90s who is a resident at North Shore, believed to have contracted the disease through contact with the health-care worker. She, too, was quarantined as were all her close contacts, according to the health department.
The third, fourth and fifth Larimer cases were reported in Fort Collins residents, two men in their 40s and a woman in her 50s.
Along with the two latest reported cases, those cases are listed as “investigation underway” without any specific information released about how they are believed to have come in contact with the coronavirus.
An Estes Park teen also tested positive for the virus, but his case is now being investigated by Boulder County health officials as a case within their jurisdiction because he is a University of Colorado student.
An updated list is on the health department website, larimer.org/health.
Reporter Pamela Johnson contributed to this story.
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