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A woman visiting Aspen from Australia has been confirmed to have COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment said Sunday in an update.

“We are aware of a confirmed COVID-19 case in Australia with ties to the Aspen community. One woman in her 20s who was visiting Aspen returned home to Australia earlier this week, where she tested positive for COVID-19,” the CDPHE said Sunday in a news release. “The individual had contact with Aspen residents and visitors at social gatherings; some of the people who had contact with the woman have reported experiencing respiratory symptoms.”

The state agency said it is working with Pitkin County Public Health to reach out to people who were known to have been in contact with the Australian patient during her Aspen visit. Officials have not yet said where the woman travel or the dates she was in Aspen.

The agency said it is working on a plan to get symptomatic people tested. 

CDPHE and the State Emergency Operations Center are monitoring this issue and working closely with local health and safety agencies to support their needs.  

As of 4:45 p.m. Sunday, the CDPHE has performed 255 tests in the state, and eight have been positive. That number does not include the Aspen visitor.

Pitkin County Public Health officials have a few ways to get updates on the coronavirus:

— Local information can be found at

— A Pitkin County Public Health Facebook page has been launched to share information.

— Subscribe to Pitkin Alert for text message updates. Text the number 888 777 and write CVIRUS in the message.

— Real-time information about the virus is available on the Colorado Health Emergency Hotline: 1-877-462-2911.

An official with Pitkin County said Sunday evening that the county has deployed its higher-level incident command team. Calls to other locals officials have not yet been returned.

According to the county’s COVID-19 information page, in Colorado there are three circumstances where health care providers may decide that you need to be tested: 

Clinical Features & Epidemiologic Risk
Fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath) AND  Any person, including healthcare workers, who has had close contact with a laboratory-confirmedCOVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset
Fever or signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath) without alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza) AND  A history of travel to areas with ongoing community transmission within 14 days of symptom onset
Severe acute lower respiratory illness (e.g., pneumonia, ARDS) requiring hospitalization and without alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza) AND  No source of exposure has been identified

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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