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June 15, 2020

Participant of June 4 Protest in Boulder Tests Positive for COVID-19

Participant of June 4 Protest in Boulder Tests Positive for COVID-19

Participants who attended the event should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

Boulder County, CO – A person who recently tested positive for COVID-19 has reported that they attended a Black Lives Matter protest on the Hill near CU on June 4. They had very mild symptoms of no taste/no smell at the time of the protest. They wore a mask at the protest.

Anyone who attended the event should monitor for symptoms, immediately self-isolate if they develop symptoms, and get tested. Residents can contact their own health care provider to arrange testing, or contact an independent testing site. Free testing is also available at the City of Denver drive-up testing site at the Pepsi Center.

People who were exposed should seek testing as soon as symptoms develop. Anyone who may have been exposed but does not yet have symptoms should consider testing approximately 7 days after exposure, which may detect pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic infections.

“We’re seeing increased transmission in our county,” said Carol Helwig, Boulder County Public Health Communicable Disease Control program manager. “Anyone who can stay home should do so to stop additional spread and illness from the virus, especially to our vulnerable residents for which it can be deadly.”

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include fever or chills; 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, and/or diarrhea.

Current data suggest person-to-person transmission most commonly happens during close exposure (e.g. within six feet) to a person infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, primarily via respiratory droplets produced when the infected person speaks, coughs, or sneezes. Droplets can land in the mouth, nose, or eyes or possibly be inhaled into the lungs of those within close proximity. Transmission may also happen by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Local COVID-19 updates are shared by press release, as well as on the Boulder County Public Health Facebook and Twitter social media pages and Boulder County Public Health COVID-19 website at www.boco.org/covid-19.

-BoulderCountyHealth.org-