First COVID-19 death in RBC

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RBC | The first death due to “complications from COVID-19” has been reported in Rio Blanco County, according to a press release issued Friday, Nov. 20.

Due to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws, no other details will be made public at this time.

The county asks that Rio Blanco County residents be vigilant. Please continue practicing social distancing, face coverings, hand washing and other preventative measures, as this is a community-wide effort.

Please be advised that testing for COVID-19 is recommended for all symptomatic individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists a wide range of symptoms reported due to COVID-19. These symptoms range from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:

● Cough
● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
● Fatigue
● Muscle or body aches
● Headache
● New loss of taste or smell
● Sore throat
● Congestion or runny nose
● Nausea or vomiting
● Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as more is learned about COVID-19.

The CDC states to seek emergency medical help if someone is showing any of these signs:

● Trouble breathing
● Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
● New confusion
● Inability to wake or stay awake
● Bluish lips or face

This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Rio Blanco County, along with the following partnering agencies: Pioneers Medical Center, Rangely District Hospital, the Town of Rangely, the Town of Meeker, Rangely Fire and Meeker Fire/Rescue will continue taking necessary steps in order to keep our community as safe as possible.