COVID Public Health

Questions and Answers about COVID

Summit County Public Health has provided some answers to many questions people are asking about COVID-19. Updated March 28, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions
about COVID-19


How do I get COVID-19?

The COVID-19 virus is believed to be spread two ways.

  1. Person-to-person contact:
    • To become sick, you have to be exposed to the virus. CDC defines exposure as being within 6 feet (2 meters) of someone with a confirmed infection for a prolonged period of time.
    • Exposure can occur through respiratory droplets –- when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how flu and other respiratory viruses spread.
  2. Touching infected surfaces or objects:
    • It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or possibly your eyes.


For these reasons, people at increased risk of infection are:

  • People who had direct close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • People who have been to areas where widespread community transmission is occurring.


This is why it’s important to try to stay at home as much as possible, the avoid direct close contact with someone who has COVID-10 or to avoid accidentally coming into contact with a contaminated surface.


Can I get coronavirus from touching something? How long does it live on surfaces?

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus suggests that it may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days, according to the World Health Organization. Because of that, people could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects – and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. To minimize this effect, it is important to make sure your home and workplace is clean and hygienic. Regularly wipe down surfaces like desks, tables, cellphones, keyboards, door handles, and other surfaces people frequently touch with a disinfectant, like a Lysol wipe or a diluted bleach solution. Also, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer, and try to limit touching your face, since touching your eyes, nose or mouth could transmit the virus to you. You can find more information about cleaning and disinfection from CDPHE here in English and Spanish.


Why is it important to stay at home?

According to the CDC, “the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.” Simply put, if you stay home, you’re less likely to encounter a sick person in the community, or a contaminated surface, and you will not get infected.


The more people circulating in a given area, the faster the virus will spread, and the more people that will get sick and potentially die, so it’s better if more people can stay home.


These are challenging times. It is important for people to be diligent. Many may feel anxiety, fear, or lack of control. So it’s important to focus on the things we can control and take steps to protect those who are most vulnerable to this virus in our community. These measures are proven to save lives: lives of elderly loved ones, friends who have underlying health conditions or even otherwise healthy persons. The life you save might even be your own.


Showing Symptoms and hospitalization

My child is sick. It seems like she might have a cold, maybe it’s allergies, or it might even be the flu. What should I do?

If your child is experiencing normal cold/flu you should contact your healthcare provider’s office who will be able to best advise you based on symptoms, medical history, etc. As with any respiratory illness it is important to provide fluids, encourage rest, monitor hydration and limit contact with others, including siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins and other family members as much as possible. If you are able to, have just one family member take care of the child, and remember to clean and disinfect the house frequently.




Right now, testing for COVID-19 is limited and so we are prioritizing the highest risk patients, Summit County healthcare providers and first responders and others that are dedicated to this community response.


  • If you have mild symptoms, please stay home and manage your symptoms at home the same way you manage other symptoms. To the extent possible, people with illness should remain at home. Isolate yourself for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and if you continue to have fever, continue to stay at home for 72 hours following your last fever, without the use of over the counter medication.
  • If you need medical care, contact your primary care provider and schedule a visit. Let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
  • If you require immediate live-saving care, contact 911 and let them know if you are concerned that you might have COVID-19

¿Qué debo hacer si me siento enfermo?

  • En este momento, las pruebas para COVID-19 son limitadas y, por lo tanto, estamos priorizando a los pacientes de mayor riesgo, los proveedores de atención médica del Condado de Summit y gente de primeros auxilios y otros que se dedican a responder a la comunidad.
  • – Si tiene síntomas leves, quédese en casa y controle sus síntomas en casa de la misma manera que maneja otros síntomas. En la medida de lo posible, las personas con enfermedades deben permanecer en casa. Aislarse durante 10 días desde el inicio de los síntomas, y si continúa teniendo fiebre, continúe en casa durante 72 horas después de su última fiebre, sin el uso de medicamentos de venta libre.
  • – Si necesita atención médica, comuníquese con su proveedor de atención primaria y programe una visita. Hágales saber que le preocupa que pueda tener COVID-19.
  • – Si necesita atención inmediata para salvar vidas, comuníquese con el 911 e infórmeles si le preocupa que pueda tener COVID-19



My family doesn’t have insurance or a primary care physician. Who should I call if someone feels sick?

You can call the Summit Community Care Clinic at 970-668-4040, they provide care to all, regardless of ability to pay.

For non-COVID related questions, you may also call the CDPHE nurse advice line at 800-283-3221. Individuals may use this number for help with medical or symptom related questions not related to COVID-19.


Someone in my house might have coronavirus what do I do? – CDC recommendations on how to care for someone in your home who is sick.


Would I be quarantined at the hospital if I get coronavirus?

More than 80 percent of those who contract the virus will have relatively mild symptoms, including a fever, cough and shortness of breath, and can manage symptoms at home without the need for medical care. Sick people should stay home and limit your interaction with everyone in your household, to minimize the possibility of spreading it to someone else. If symptoms worsen, call your health care provider. If you don’t have a health care provider or insurance, you can call the Summit Community Care Clinic at 970-668-4040, they provide care to all, regardless of ability to pay.


You might not be able to be tested, since there are limited tests available and they are being reserved for people hospitalized with severe respiratory illnesses, health care workers, first responders and other high-risk categories. However, because health officials know that the virus is being transmitted from person to person within the community, even if you cannot be tested, if you have symptoms, you should stay home and isolate yourself as if you did have confirmation that you have COVID-19.



Right now, testing for COVID-19 is limited and so we are prioritizing the highest risk patients, Summit County healthcare providers and first responders and others that are dedicated to this community response.

What’s important for everyone to understand is that regardless of the number of confirmed cases, we are experiencing significant community spread. Community spread is defined as transmission of the disease from one individual to another within the same community, and not as a result of travel from another location. Because we now have community spread, it is vital that everyone in the community practice health-promoting behaviors, regardless of whether you believe you have been in contact with an individual who was symptomatic or has had a positive test.

  • Follow public health directives to limit contact with others.
  • Self-monitor for illness.
  • Stay home if you are mildly ill. Staying home saves lives.


¿Puedo obtener pruebas generales para COVID-19? ¿Cuál es el criterio de prueba?

  • En este momento, las pruebas para COVID-19 son limitadas y, por lo tanto, estamos priorizando a los pacientes de mayor riesgo, los proveedores de atención médica del Condado de Summit y gente de primeros auxilios y otros que se dedican a responder a la comunidad.
  • Lo que es importante que todos entiendan es que, independientemente de la cantidad de casos confirmados, estamos experimentando una difusión comunitaria importante. La propagación comunitaria se define como la transmisión de la enfermedad de un individuo a otro dentro de la misma comunidad, y no como resultado de un viaje desde otro lugar. Debido a que ahora tenemos difusión en la comunidad, es vital que todos en la comunidad practiquen comportamientos que promuevan la salud, independientemente de si cree que ha estado en contacto con una persona sintomática o que ha tenido un resultado positivo.
  • Siga las directivas de salud pública para limitar el contacto con otros.
  • Autocontrol de enfermedades.
  • Quédese en casa si está levemente enfermo. Quedarse en casa salva vidas.



Where should people quarantine if they test positive for the virus?

If someone tests positive for COVID-19, they will be asked to stay in isolation for a period of time until they are unlikely to spread the virus to those around them. During their isolation period, that person will need to stay home and stay out of public areas. During isolation, this person will need to be in a separate room, using a separate bathroom and will not be able to use common areas in the home. Summit County Public Health is working closely with everyone who has tested positive to ensure they have an appropriate place to stay and that they have resources that they need during isolation, including food and medical supplies.

If someone tests positive for COVID-19, people who have had close contact with them may need to be quarantined, even if they are not showing any symptoms. Being in quarantine ensures that these people do not unknowingly spread the virus to others around them. People who are quarantined are required to stay home from work and avoid public places. They are also asked to monitor their health very closely and report any symptoms to their healthcare provider.

Do I need to be tested if I am having symptoms? What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms but have not been tested?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider’s office. They will help you determine if you will need to be tested. At this time, we are only able to test those who are severely ill and those who are healthcare workers or live or work in a long term care facility. As always, recommendations may change. Please contact your healthcare provider for the most up to date recommendations if you are ill.


Is there a way to differentiate symptoms of anxiety (such as shortness of breath) from COVID symptoms? 

Mild symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Sometimes you might feel short of breath for other reasons though. Shortness of breath can be frightening, no matter what the cause. If you are feeling short of breath, take a second to notice any other feelings you may be having. Are you feeling anxious? Angry? Do you have a cough or other respiratory symptoms? Do you have a history of health conditions that can cause shortness of breath such as asthma, COPD, clotting disorders or anxiety or panic disorder?

If you have shortness of breath and it is an emergency, call 911. If it’s not an emergency, call your healthcare provider who can help you determine what may be causing your symptoms. Be sure to share any underlying health conditions you have with your healthcare provider.

With all the changes happening, it can been stressful right now. If you feel stressed and anxious during these times, that’s okay, a lot of us are. You can contact the Mental Health Hotline at 1-844-493-8255 to talk about anything that you are worried about.


Recommendations for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers


If you’re a new or expecting mom, you most likely have questions about the risk of COVID-19 for you and your baby. Since it is a new disease, the CDC is still learning how COVID-19 spreads, but they do have some interim guidance until more is known, and you can always call your primary care provider for specific questions.


Since the CDC doesn’t know many details about the risks associated with COVID-19 and pregnant and/or breastfeeding moms, the guidelines suggest that it’s important to protect yourself from COVID-19 like you would protect yourself from any illness, and you should do the same things as the general public to avoid COVID-19 infection:

  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Clean your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Stay at least six feet from others
  • Do not hug or high-five – wave to each other instead
  • Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people – and still honor the six foot rule in these small groups
  • Work from home
  • Use electronic devices to visit family or friends instead of in-person

The CDC does not know whether mothers with COVID-19 can transmit the virus via breastmilk. They recommend, “Whether and how to start or continue breastfeeding should be determined by the mother in coordination with her family and healthcare providers.”


For more info on COVID-19 and pregnant or breastfeeding moms, visit CDC.


Recomendaciones para madres embarazadas y lactantes

Si es una nueva madre o espero, es muy probable que tenga preguntas sobre el riesgo de COVID-19 para usted y su bebé. Como se trata de una enfermedad nueva, los CDC aún están aprendiendo cómo se propaga COVID-19, pero tienen alguna orientación provisional hasta que se sepa más, y siempre puede llamar a su proveedor de atención primaria para preguntas específicas.

Dado que los del CDC no conocen muchos detalles sobre los riesgos asociados con COVID-19 y las madres embarazadas y / o amamantadas, las pautas sugieren que es importante protegerse del COVID-19 como lo haría de cualquier enfermedad, y debe haga lo mismo que el público en general para evitar la infección por COVID-19:

– Evitar a las personas enfermas.

– Lávese las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón o desinfectante con alcohol para manos.

– Manténgase al menos a seis pies de los demás

– No se abracen o dar se cinco con la mano.

– No se reúnan en grupos de más de 10 personas, y aún respeten la regla de los seis pies en estos grupos pequeños

-Trabajar desde casa

– Use dispositivos electrónicos para visitar a familiares o amigos en lugar de en persona

Los CDC no saben si las madres con COVID-19 pueden transmitir el virus a través de la leche materna. Recomiendan, “si la madre debe determinar si la madre debe comenzar a amamantar o continuar con ella y cómo continuarla, en coordinación con su familia y los proveedores de atención médica”.

Para obtener más información sobre COVID-19 y las madres embarazadas o lactantes, visite los CDC.



Reducing the spread of CODID -19

What is “Flattening the Curve” ?

You may have heard about “flattening the curve” and are wondering what it means. It means slowing the spread of COVID-19. The “curve” that we’re talking about is how quickly the virus is spreading. It is spreads really quickly, and we map that data, it looks like a big bell curve. If we have that situation, the big bell curve where everyone gets it at the same time, it overwhelms hospitals and the healthcare system, and stalls the ability to adequately care for the surge of the severely ill patients.

On the other hand, if we practice rigorous social distancing we can help slow down how quickly the disease spreads, and that big bell curve literally flattens so that it’s more manageable. This helps the healthcare system so that they aren’t overwhelmed by more cases than they can handle.

If you want to read more about “flattening the curve” and even see some great graphics, check out this article:

¿Qué es “aplanar la curva”?

Es posible que haya escuchado sobre “aplanar la curva” y se pregunta qué significa. Significa ralentizar la propagación de COVID-19. La “curva” de la que estamos hablando es qué tan rápido se está propagando el virus. Se propaga muy rápido, y mapeamos esos datos, parece una gran curva de campana. Si tenemos esa situación, la gran curva de campana donde todos la obtienen al mismo tiempo, abruma a los hospitales y al sistema de salud, y detiene la capacidad de atender adecuadamente la oleada de los pacientes gravemente enfermos.

Por otro lado, si practicamos un distanciamiento social riguroso, podemos ayudar a reducir la velocidad de propagación de la enfermedad, y esa gran curva de campana literalmente se aplana para que sea más manejable. Esto ayuda al sistema de salud para que no se vean abrumados por más casos de los que pueden manejar.

Si desea leer más sobre “aplanar la curva” e incluso ver algunos gráficos excelentes, consulte este artículo:


What is social distancing? 

Social distancing means deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. This applies to everyone, including children. A few best practices for social distancing include:

  • Stay at least six feet from others
  • Do not hug or high-five – wave to each other instead
  • Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people – and still honor the six foot rule in these small groups
  • Work from home
  • Use electronic devices to visit family or friends instead of in-person
  • Sit outside or go on a walk, bike ride or hike – just keep the six-foot distance from others in mind

¿Qué es el distanciamiento social?

El distanciamiento social significa aumentar deliberadamente el espacio físico entre las personas para evitar la propagación de enfermedades. Esto se aplica a todos, incluidos los niños. Algunas buenas prácticas para el distanciamiento social incluyen:

  • Manténgase al menos a seis pies de los demás.
  • No se abracen o choquen los cinco.
  • No se reúnan en grupos de más de 10 personas, y aún respeten la regla de los seis pies en estos grupos pequeños
  • Trabajar desde casa
  • Use dispositivos electrónicos para visitar a familiares o amigos en lugar de en persona
  • Siéntese afuera o salga a caminar, andar en bicicleta o caminado, solo tenga en cuenta la distancia de seis pies de distancia de los demás.



Access to Food and Going Outside

Is I-70 going to close? How will I get food?

All roadways in Colorado are open and according to Governor Polis there are no plans to close any roads in Colorado, I-70 included. All grocery stores are open and receiving regular deliveries to re-stock their shelves. Some grocery stores have adjusted their hours to give their workers more time to re-stock the shelves, but they are all open.


Can I go outside with my family?

Yes! We highly encourage everyone to go outside with your family unit. If anyone is sick, that person or child should stay home, and with someone to watch them if needed. Make sure to stay six feet away from any other people you see outside to avoid the possibility of spreading the coronavirus. Taking a walk, going on a bike ride, or doing other activities outside with your family unit can be a fun and relaxing activity.


How many people have coronavirus in Summit County?

As of March 27, there are 13 positive cases of coronavirus in Summit County. However, Public Health has noted that the number of positive test results reported here does not accurately reflect the spread of illness in our community. We have reason to believe that the number of individuals with COVID-19 is likely much higher.


Summit County is not reporting the number of negative test results, pending test or total number of individuals tested for a number of different reasons: Individuals are being tested in other counties, and we are not privy to those numbers; also, there are bottlenecks of pending tests at the state and private laboratories affecting when we receive our results. Therefore, the number of test samples submitted, pending tests and negative test results for Summit County is no longer valid.


Furthermore, we are not able to test everyone that we suspect may have COVID-19 because there is a nationwide shortage of test kits and so we must prioritize testing for Summit County first responders, Summit County health care providers and those who are severely ill. Otherwise, healthy individuals who are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness are not being tested for COVID-19, and are therefore not accounted for in the number of positive cases we are reporting.


Prioritizing testing for our first responders and health care workers who become ill allows them to return to work as soon as they recover if they receive a negative COVID-19 result. That way, they can resume serving the community, rather than staying in quarantine. Prioritizing testing for the severely ill allows health care professionals to better evaluate patients’ conditions and determine the best course of treatment.




  1. Phone a friend.We’re lucky to live in a time where you call, text, FaceTime, or Zoom almost everyone you know. This is an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, call your grandma, or set up a group video chat with all your best friends for a virtual happy hour.
  2. Work out at home.The gyms are closed, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop working out. Lots of studios are offering free classes online. Try a yoga class, a dance class, and Peloton is offering new users 90-day trial of its subscription workout app that includes more than just cycling classes. Call or email your favorite local studio to see if they’re hosting anything virtual. If they are, remember they’re likely offering it free, and it’d be a great time to donate and support the businesses you love.
  3. Read a book, a magazine, or a newspaper. Yes, the library is closed, but the Summit County Library has access to thousands of digital books, magazines, and even the New York Times, and it’s all free with your library card!
  4. Catch up on TV shows or movies. Thanks to streaming services, you don’t have leave the house and go to Blockbuster to be able catch up on TV shows your co-workers are always talking about, or movies that won a bunch of Oscars. Check out some of these recommendations.
  5. Take the Census. It only takes 5 minutes to help your community by completing the 2020 Census. Go to gov and click “Start Questionnaire”.
  6. You’ve stockpiled all the groceries you need, now use them to make something new that you wouldn’t usually try – you’ve got plenty of time at home!
  7. Play board games. Stuck inside with your whole family? Break out the board games, just maybe don’t play anything too competitive since you all have to continue being cordial to one another while you’re stuck inside.
  8. Learn a new skill or hobby. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to knit, crochet, or do any other sort of crafting hobby, now’s a great time. Order some supplies online, watch some YouTube videos, and you’re on your way. You could learn to code or practice a second language.
  9. Do your chores. Nobody likes doing chores, but plan to do one each day and it’ll at least be something different to break up the day.
  10. Meditate. Even if you’re not feeling anxious or stressed, meditating is a great practice. There are a lot of apps out there like Calmand Headspaceready to help you get started.
  11. Limit social media. It’s easy to just keep scrolling on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok, but sometimes that leaves us feeling empty, or like we’re missing out. Use social media to connect with friends, but limit your time if it’s brining you down.





  1. Llama a un amigo. Tenemos la suerte de vivir en un momento en el que llamas, envías mensajes de texto, FaceTime o Zoom a casi todos los que conoces. Esta es una oportunidad para volver a conectarse con viejos amigos, llamar a la abuela o establecer un chat de video grupal con todos sus mejores amigos para una hora feliz virtual.
  2. Haz ejercicio en casa. Los gimnasios están cerrados, pero eso no significa que deba dejar de hacer ejercicio. Muchos estudios ofrecen clases gratuitas en línea. Pruebe una clase de yoga, una clase de baile, y Pelotón está ofreciendo a los nuevos usuarios una prueba de 90 días de su aplicación de entrenamiento de suscripción que incluye más que solo clases de ciclismo. Llama o envía un correo electrónico a tu estudio local favorito para ver si están organizando algo virtual. Si es así, recuerde que probablemente lo estén ofreciendo gratis, y sería un buen momento para donar y apoyar a las empresas que ama.
  3. Lea un libro, una revista o un periódico. Sí, la biblioteca está cerrada, pero la Biblioteca del Condado de Summit tiene acceso a miles de libros digitales, revistas e incluso el New York Times, ¡y todo es gratis con su tarjeta de la biblioteca!
  4. Póngase al día con programas de televisión o películas. Gracias a los servicios de transmisión, no tienes que salir de casa e ir a Blockbuster para poder ver los programas de televisión de los que siempre hablan tus compañeros de trabajo o las películas que ganaron un montón de premios Oscar.Echa un vistazo a algunas de estas recomendaciones.
  5. Haz el censo. Solo lleva 5 minutos ayudar a su comunidad completando el Censo 2020. Vaya y haga clic en “Iniciar cuestionario”.
  6. Cocinar. Has almacenado todos los comestibles que necesitas, ahora úsalos para hacer algo nuevo que normalmente no probarías: ¡tienes mucho tiempo en casa!
  7. Jugar juegos de mesa. ¿Atrapado dentro con toda su familia? saquen los juegos de mesa, solo tal vez no jueguen nada demasiado competitivo ya que todos deben seguir siendo cordiales entre sí mientras están atrapados dentro.
  8. Aprende una nueva habilidad o pasatiempo. Si alguna vez has querido aprender a tejer, tejer a ganchillo o hacer cualquier otro tipo de pasatiempo artesanal, ahora es un buen momento. Ordene algunos suministros en línea, mire algunos videos de YouTube y ya está en camino. Podrías aprender a codificar o practicar un segundo idioma.
  9. Haz tus quehaceres. A nadie le gusta hacer los quehaceres, pero planee hacer uno cada día y al menos será algo diferente para terminar el día.
  10. Medita. aunque no te sientes ansioso o estresado, meditar es una gran práctica. Hay muchas aplicaciones como Calm y Headspace listas para ayudarlo a comenzar.
  11. Limite las redes sociales. Es fácil seguir desplazándose en Facebook, Instagram o TikTok, pero a veces eso nos deja sintiéndonos vacíos o nos estamos perdiendo. Use las redes sociales para conectarse con amigos, pero limite su tiempo si lo está debilitando.



Local Travel Advice – Traveling between Towns, Counties, and States

There are not any current restrictions on traveling, whether it is driving around Summit County, to another county, or even to another state. However, there are several considerations to make when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel.

Since we have documented community spread in Summit County, practicing social distancing is incredibly important, and this includes reserving your road travel for essential activities like trips to the grocery store or to get medication. This is not a vacation and it is highly discouraged to travel for non-essential reasons.

The following recommendations and considerations are provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:


  • If you are sick, avoid traveling.
  • If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (older adults and people with chronic medical conditions), avoid non-essential travel.
  • Everyone should seriously consider canceling non-essential travel.
  • Follow CDC recommendations on travel to areas where there is widespread transmission of COVID-19.
  • Some communities in Colorado are experiencing community transmission and outbreaks. Check the data page to find out what is happening in Colorado.


  • COVID-19 cases and outbreaks are occurring in many states and countries around the world, including in Colorado. While there may not be community spread in some places, community spread may start occurring.
    • Community spread (or transmission) means there are cases and outbreaks in communities where people are spreading the virus to other people. People may not know how they got the virus.
  • Traveling to places where there is community transmission means you might be exposed to COVID-19 or get sick with COVID-19 while you are away from home. If one of those things happens:
    • You may have to quarantine (if not sick) for 14 days in the place you traveled to.
    • You may have to isolate (if sick) for 7 days or longer in the place you traveled to.
    • You may have to do one of these things when you return home.
  • Traveling to other places means you may spread the disease to others before you know you have it.


Consejos de viaje locales: viajar entre ciudades, condados y estados

No existen restricciones actuales para viajar, ya sea que conduzca por el condado de Summit, a otro condado o incluso a otro estado. Sin embargo, hay varias consideraciones que hacer al decidir si es seguro viajar.

Como hemos documentado la propagación de la comunidad en el condado de Summit, practicar el distanciamiento social es increíblemente importante, y esto incluye reservar su viaje por carretera para actividades esenciales como ir al supermercado o comprar medicamentos. No se trata de vacaciones y no se recomienda viajar por razones no esenciales.

Las siguientes recomendaciones y consideraciones son proporcionadas por el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado:


  • Si está enfermo, evite viajar.
  • Si tiene un mayor riesgo de contraer una enfermedad grave por COVID-19 (adultos mayores y personas con afecciones médicas crónicas), evite los viajes no esenciales.
  • Todos deberían considerar seriamente la cancelación de viajes no esenciales.
  • Siga las recomendaciones de los CDC sobre viajes a áreas donde existe una transmisión generalizada de COVID-19.

o información de los CDC para viajeros

  • Algunas comunidades en Colorado están experimentando transmisiones y brotes en la comunidad. Consulte la página de datos para averiguar qué está sucediendo en Colorado.


  • Los casos y brotes de COVID-19 están ocurriendo en muchos estados y países de todo el mundo, incluso en Colorado. Si bien puede no haber propagación comunitaria en algunos lugares, la propagación comunitaria puede comenzar a ocurrir.



Is the U.S. food supply safe?

  • Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.
  • Unlike foodborne gastrointestinal (GI) viruses like norovirus and hepatitis A that often make people ill through contaminated food, SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, is a virus that causes respiratory illness. Foodborne exposure to this virus is not known to be a route of transmission.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. This includes between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. However, it’s always critical to follow the 4 key steps of food safety—clean, separate, cook, and chill – to prevent foodborne illness.
  • For more info on Food Safety and COVID-19, visit the CDC.

¿Es seguro el suministro de alimentos en los Estados Unidos?

  • Actualmente no hay evidencia de que los alimentos o los envases de alimentos estén asociados con la transmisión de COVID-19.
  • A diferencia de los virus gastrointestinales (GI) transmitidos por los alimentos, como la norovirus y la hepatitis A, que a menudo enferman a las personas a través de alimentos contaminados, el SARS-CoV-2, que causa COVID-19, es un virus que causa enfermedades respiratorias. No se sabe que la exposición transmitida por los alimentos a este virus sea una vía de transmisión.
  • Se cree que el virus se transmite principalmente de persona a persona. Esto incluye entre personas que están en contacto cercano entre sí (dentro de aproximadamente 6 pies), y a través de gotas respiratorias producidas cuando una persona infectada tose o estornuda. Estas gotas pueden caer en la boca o la nariz de las personas cercanas o posiblemente ser inhaladas a los pulmones. Es posible que una persona pueda contraer COVID-19 al tocar una superficie u objeto que tiene el virus y luego tocarse la boca, la nariz o posiblemente los ojos, pero no se cree que esta sea la forma principal de propagación del virus. Sin embargo, siempre es fundamental seguir los 4 pasos clave de seguridad alimentaria: limpiar, separar, cocinar y enfriar, para prevenir enfermedades transmitidas por los alimentos.
  • Para obtener más información sobre seguridad alimentaria y COVID-19, visite los  CDC.




If you are concerned about your pet, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. While, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals, since animals can spread other diseases to people.

Even though there is not any evidence that pets can contract or spread COVID-19, to be safe, you should restrict contact with pets and other animals if you are sick with COVID-19. Someone else in your household should care for your animals while you are sick, and avoid contact with your pet. We know it’s hard, but avoid petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. Until more is known about the virus, it’s better to take precautions around your pets. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick with COVID-19, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.

For more information on COVID-19 and Animals, visit the CDC.

COVID-19 y Animales

Si le preocupa su mascota, no hay evidencia de que los animales de compañía, incluidas las mascotas, puedan propagar COVID-19. Mientras el CDC no han recibido ningún informe de mascotas o otros animales que se enfermen con COVID-19, siempre es una buena idea lavarse las manos después de estar cerca de los animales, ya que los animales pueden transmitir otras enfermedades a las personas.

Aunque no hay evidencia de que las mascotas puedan contraerse o propagar COVID-19, para estar seguro, debe restringir el contacto con mascotas y otros animales si está enfermo con COVID-19. Alguien más en su hogar debe cuidar a sus animales mientras está enfermo y evitar el contacto con su mascota. Sabemos que es difícil, pero evite acariciar, acurrucarse, ser besado o lamido y compartir comida. Hasta que se sepa más sobre el virus, es mejor tomar precauciones con sus mascotas. Si debe cuidar a su mascota o estar cerca de animales mientras está enfermo con COVID-19, lávese las manos antes y después de interactuar con las mascotas y use una máscara facial.

Para obtener más información sobre COVID-19 y Animales, visite los CDC.