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The decedent is suspected to have had underlying health conditions; autopsy results are pending
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Coroner’s Office announced the death of a Silverthorne man in his 60s. The cause of death is unknown at this time, pending the results of an autopsy. The decedent is suspected to have had underlying health conditions. He died in his home and was tested post mortem for COVID-19. Summit County Public Health received a positive test result late Saturday afternoon. He had not been diagnosed with COVID-19 prior to his death, and did not seek medical care. Summit County will not release the identity of the individual.
“It is with a very heavy heart that we are confirming the death of one of our community members,” Chief Deputy Coroner Amber Flenniken said. “We are saddened by this news, and we extend our condolences to his family and friends.”
The Summit County Coroner’s Office and local law enforcement responded to the individual’s property on April 9, following a call from a household member. All responders wore personal protective equipment (PPE). Summit County Public Health officials are conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals with whom the man had close contact. The man had not had any contact with any individuals other than close family members since mid-March.
As of Saturday afternoon, April 11, Summit County has a total of 73 positive COVID-19 cases, including 51 who have tested positive and 22 probable positives – individuals who have exhibited symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and had close contact with individuals who have tested positive.
Summit County residents should take the following steps to decrease their chances of contracting COVID-19:
Those who experience symptoms should stay home for 7 days after the initial onset of symptoms and three days after symptoms are gone without the use of over-the-counter medications. Any household members or other close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 should monitor themselves for development of illness and stay home for 14 days.
Staying at home as much as possible is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the community. State and local public health orders allow residents to leave their homes to obtain essential items such as groceries and medications, but activities that require gatherings of people are strongly discouraged or prohibited. To help support physical and emotional health, exercise like walking, hiking and biking outdoors, while social distancing can be maintained, is important.
“We recognize these are trying times, and we will continue to support one another with kindness, generosity and compassion,” Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. “As the stay-at-home order continues, our local families are suffering, and the importance of letting Summit County’s spirit shine has never been more important.”
Summit County encourages residents who have the ability to help financially to contribute to a local nonprofit that is providing food or economic support to the growing number of community members who are in need.
To learn more about the 2019 novel coronavirus, including symptoms and prevention, visit the State of Colorado’s COVID-19 web page , which includes a link to outbreak data from CDC.
People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish.
Summit County will not provide any further information about the April 9 death at this time.