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Summit County residents test positive after traveling together; all known positive cases have been isolated and all known close contacts have been quarantined
Contact: Nicole Valentine, Public Affairs Coordinator, Summit County Public Health
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Public Health Department, in coordination with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), is investigating a social gathering outbreak of COVID-19 among a group of eighteen Sun Logic employees that traveled together outside of the country. Nine individuals out of the twelve Summit County residents from the traveling party have thus far tested positive.
"With a school break approaching we are urging the community to avoid traveling in groups that mix individuals from different households as we know that large groups increase the risk of virus transmission,” Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. "If you are looking to travel with your family, keep the group size small and contained to your household. Be sure to wear masks, keep 6 feet of physical distance from others, and follow measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. In addition, individuals should exercise caution when traveling abroad amidst the global pandemic, and avoid countries with travel advisories due to COVID-19.”
The group traveled overseas together on the company trip from Oct. 6 through Oct. 14. The majority of individuals began experiencing symptoms between Oct. 13 and Oct. 14. Nine members of the group were tested for COVID-19 on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17. Public Health received the positive test results on Oct. 17, Oct. 18, and Oct. 19. The agency learned that several members of the traveling party flew home while symptomatic. State officials are reaching out to all individuals on the flight to quarantine due to the potential exposure.
Public health officials learned that the company trip was to a country with a Level 3 Travel Advisory, indicating that U.S. residents should reconsider their travel plans. Individuals considering traveling overseas are encouraged to consult the U.S. Department of State website for travel advisories. If symptoms develop while traveling, individuals should seek testing immediately and isolate from others. Flying with COVID-19 symptoms is not permitted and the CDC has the right to restrict travel of individuals known or believed to have COVID-19, or who have been exposed to a person with COVID-19.
“The wave of recent outbreaks attributed to social gatherings has the potential to be extremely damaging to our community and economy. The spike in our COVID-19 case numbers is putting us in real danger of sliding backwards into Safer at Home Level 3 and facing more restrictive measures from the state,” said County Manager Scott Vargo. “This would be devastating to our businesses as we prepare for ski season. We need our community to take the pandemic seriously and take responsible action to mitigate the spread of this highly contagious virus. Now is not the time to be hosting parties or getting together in large groups.”
The outbreak investigation among attendees of the social gathering, including thorough contact tracing, remains in progress. Summit County Public Health’s contact tracing team is conducting an investigation of the positive cases’ close contacts. The positive cases have been placed in isolation, and all close contacts identified thus far have been placed under quarantine. As with any communicable disease investigation, this COVID-19 investigation will take time to complete. The Sun Logic Breckenridge business locations have been staffed by employees who did not attend the trip. Management will be closing the locations temporarily and is reviewing the business physical distancing protocol with public health officials.
Information on Summit County positive cases can be found on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Information on Summit County’s progress on the CDPHE Dial Framework for reopening is available on the CDPHE website.
Individuals should consult the CDC website for information on travel and COVID-19.