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  • Phone: 970-328-8840

    100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd. 107
    P.O. Box 3419
    Avon, Colorado 81620
    Phone: 970-328-9813

    551 Broadway
    P.O. Box 660
    Eagle, Colorado 81631
    Phone: 970-328-8840

    El Jebel
    0020 Eagle County Drive, Suite E
    El Jebel, Colorado 81623
    Phone: 970-328-9586

    Fax: 855-848-8829
    (all locations)

First Eagle County death from COVID-19

Contact: Kris Widlak, Director of Communications, 970-328-8617, 

March 21, 2020 - Eagle County Public Health and Environment has confirmed the first death of an Eagle County resident from COVID-19. The patient was a male in his 60s with underlying health conditions. He died at a Denver-area hospital. 

“It is with a heavy heart that we are confirming the loss of one of our community members from COVID-19. We are extremely saddened by the news and extend our deepest condolences to the family,” said Heath Harmon, Director of Eagle County Public Health and Environment. “The news of this loss in our community serves as a solemn reminder that COVID-19 can pose greater risks to some members of our community, in particular older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions. We must all take steps to protect our families, ourselves, our friends, and our community.”

Residents should take the following steps to decrease their chances of getting COVID-19: 

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially before eating or touching your mouth and nose.

  • Stay home unless you need to access essential services, like groceries or medications. 

  • When you do go in public, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet or more away from other people.

  • Avoid shaking hands, or sharing of personal items.

  • Connect with friends and family members using video chats.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Monitor yourself for symptoms and stay home if you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Testing resources and the time it takes to get results has been a significant limiting factor in the availability of testing in Eagle County, as well as nationally. Public health officials still recommend that if you feel sick, stay home and contact your medical provider. They will be able to provide the most direct guidance relative to your health circumstances. This may or may not include testing. Scarce testing supplies are being prioritized most often for people that may be at greater risk of severe disease or for people that may be actively responding to the outbreak, like healthcare workers and first responders.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Early symptoms can include headache, sore throat, nasal congestion.

  • Progresses to fever and cough.

  • Some may have muscle and body aches.

Those who experience symptoms should stay home for 10 days after their symptoms develop or until 3 days after their symptoms are gone, whichever is longer. This is true for anyone that tests positive for COVID-19 or anyone that has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and is either awaiting test results or has not been tested. Anyone that is a household member or otherwise a close contact of someone confirmed with COVID-19, should monitor themselves for development of illness and also stay home for 14 days. Health officials remind people that staying home when sick is critical to slowing the spread of this novel coronavirus in the community.

“We really want people to avoid crowds or congregations, period. This means staying at home as much as you can,” said Harmon. “Of course we all need to get groceries, medications, and there are other essential needs. We are recommending you limit your time away from home to these essential services. Please refrain from having playdates for your children or sporting activities that may require groups of people to play, like basketball. Exercise, walking, hiking, and biking outdoors is definitely still okay. This will help support our physical and emotional health. We just need to recognize that doing these activities in groups of people is simply not best for you or our community at this time.”

As more local businesses have closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Eagle County Department of Human Services and local nonprofits are helping to meet the growing food and economic needs of many families throughout the county. Residents that have the ability to help out financially are asked to consider making donations to their local charitable organization. 

For more information about COVID-19 in Eagle County, visit The site includes regular updates related to COVID-19, as well as other emergencies that may impact our community. In addition, an Eagle County COVID-19 Monitoring dashboard has been set up to help share more real-time information publicly.

Residents may also contact the CO HELP Hotline at 1-877-462-2911 to ask specific questions about COVID-19.