Two cases identified in Fremont and Otero counties

Eight additional Pueblo County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total of local patients up to 14.

As of Sunday, 275 people have been tested for the virus in Pueblo County, according to the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. Of those tests, 149 have returned negative. Another 107 tests have pending results.

Of 18 positive tests administered in Pueblo County, 14 are local residents. The other positive cases tested in Pueblo involve residents from Crowley, Douglas, Huerfano and Rio Grande counties.

Of tests administered March 19 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds, 40 of 90 have been returned. Two people — a person from Pueblo County, and another from Douglas County — were positive. Thirty-seven tests were returned negative, and one test was unable to be processed. Fifty tests are still pending, the health department said.

In Colorado, positive cases identified by the state’s lab totaled 2,307 as of Sunday evening. Two cases were identified in both Fremont and Otero counties.

Statewide, 326 patients have been hospitalized and 47 have died, including one Pueblo County resident. A total of 14,470 people statewide have been tested for COVID-19, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

In addition to urging the public to practice strong hygiene and social distancing, the local health department asks residents to avoid going to the emergency room unless medically necessary.

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