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Posted on: March 6, 2020

Summit County Identifies Keystone Condo Where COVID-19 Case Stayed

CDC illustration of ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

No other guests checked into the unit following the departure of the infected person

Contact: Amy Wineland, Summit County Public Health Director, 970-668-9161

Summit County – Summit County Public Health Officials have identified the condominium unit where Colorado’s first COVID-19 case stayed in Keystone. No other lodging guests have checked into the unit since the departure of the infected person.

As part of the ongoing investigation and contact tracing process, Summit County officials conducted several interviews late Thursday night and early Friday morning, including with the property owner, property management company and multiple workers.

Through the interviews, officials determined the unit number of the condo, located in the Slopeside Condominiums complex. The unit number was not initially known because the infected individual did not personally make the lodging reservation and could not recall the unit number during interviews with CDPHE Thursday. Contact information for the remaining members of the individual’s party was not immediately available to Summit County Public Health officials.

Officials were also able to determine that the unit has not been occupied by any guests since the infected person’s departure. One cleaning worker entered the unit approximately 23 hours after the infected individual checked out. The worker’s risk of having contracting the virus is considered to be very low. According to CDC guidance to in-home family members of people who are infectious with COVID-19, intermediary surfaces are generally not considered capable of transmitting the novel coronavirus after two hours following contact by the infectious person. According to CDPHE, there is not any risk of the worker passing on novel coronavirus infection by cleaning other units after cleaning the unit occupied by the infected person. 

One worker delivered towels to the guests, but did not enter the unit. A maintenance worker entered the unit to change batteries in a carbon monoxide detector. Neither of these two workers had any prolonged interactions with any of the guests in the unit, and both are considered to be at very low risk of contracting the virus.

Out of an abundance of caution, Summit County Public Health staff are working with the property management company and the unit owner to coordinate a second cleaning of the unit. It will not be occupied by any new guests until such cleaning has been completed.

For more information about coronavirus in Colorado, visit CDPHE’s website at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus.   

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