Steamboat hospital reports 4 hospitalizations for COVID-19 since start of pandemic |

Steamboat hospital reports 4 hospitalizations for COVID-19 since start of pandemic

The Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation awarded $275,000 in grants to 14 local nonprofits.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — There are currently no hospitalized patients with COVID-19 at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs, according to communications specialist Lindsey Reznicek.

So far, four patients with COVID-19 have been admitted to the hospital in Steamboat, three recovered enough to be discharged and one patient was transferred to another facility.

“When a patient is able to finish their recovery at home with loved ones, we celebrate with them,” Dr. Laura Sehnert, YVMC chief medical officer, said in a news release.

There has been one death reported thus far in Routt County due to COVID-19. A woman who was a resident at Casey’s Pond died last week. She was over 100 years old.

As of Wednesday, there have been 43 positive COVID-19 cases reported in Routt County out of 569 tests administered. Of those, seven were identified through contact tracing and have not been confirmed with a test. Twenty-nine of the 43 cases are listed as recovered.

While the trends in Routt County appear relatively positive at this time, public health officials urge area residents to continue social distancing measures, so as to ensure those positive trends don’t change.

“The low rate of hospitalizations at YVMC suggests that the efforts by Routt County citizens to practice social distancing and other COVID-19 prevention measures have been effective,” said Dr. Brian Harrington, Routt County Public Health chief medical officer, in a news release. “We are eager to ease restrictions but must continue efforts to keep each other safe and prevent an uptick in positive cases and potential hospitalizations.”

For the first time Wednesday, testing was made available to any pre-registered Routt County resident experiencing COVID-19 symptoms through a community drive-through testing event at the Howelsen Hill parking lot. County public health officials acquired supplies for about 200 tests for two days of testing. Approximately 60 people pre-registered for Wednesday, according to public health officials, and there are still available tests for Saturday.

Those wishing to get tested will need to call 970-870-5577 for an over-the-phone screening and to set up an appointment. The primary symptoms required for testing include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of appetite and/or body aches.

COVID-19: Follow our coverage

Before immediately heading to the hospital, people who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 have several resources, including:

  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is providing a phone line to answer questions from the public about COVID-19. Call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911 or email for answers in English and Spanish, Mandarin and more.
  • UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center offers Ask-A-Nurse, a 24/7 call line staffed by registered nurses who can assess symptoms and provide advice on seeking care. In Routt County, Ask-A-Nurse can be reached by calling 970-871-7878.
  • Virtual Visits can be done from the comfort of your home and only require a computer or tablet with a working webcam, speakers and microphone, or a smartphone.
  • If patients are experiencing severe symptoms or having difficulty breathing, they should visit the hospital’s emergency department.

Take precautions in everyday life:

  • Frequently and thoroughly wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you’re sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Clean surfaces in your home and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.
  • Be calm but be prepared.
  • Employees at businesses and customers ​are required to wear a mask, according to a statewide public health order.
  • Limit distance between non-household members to 6 feet when indoors and outdoors.
  • The maximum group size for indoor activities is 10.

To reach Kari Dequine Harden, call 970-871-4205, email or follow her on Twitter @kariharden.

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