Denver International Airport Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced on Twitter today (March 11) that a Denver International Airport employee has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The employee's state lab test is presumptive, meaning that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must confirm the positive results.
According to The Coloradoan, the employee is symptomatic and in isolation.
It is still unknown as to where the employee was stationed in the airport, but everyone who was in close contact (within six feet) with the individual has been notified.
"Our priority is to ensure the health and well-being of our community," said Bob McDonald, Director of the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, in a news release. "It is important to remember that this is a dynamic situation that requires tremendous flexibility in response. Our plans and tactics will change as the situation evolves and we have new information and strategies."
Some of Denver's first responders were also exposed to the virus during a routine response to an individual who later tested positive for it.
Officials have notified the affected responders and they will be self-monitoring for symptoms and taking restrictions from work for two weeks.
The news release also noted that more Denver employees are likely to test positive for the virus as testing abilities improve.
Currently, Colorado has 27 presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus.