GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)- Governor Polis declared a state of Emergency in Colorado on Monday, as COVID-19 continues to spread across Colorado.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed 16 news cases as of 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, bringing the total to 33 in the state.
The new cases Wednesday were in Eagle, Gunnison, Jefferson, Pitkin, Denver, and Arapahoe Counties.
Nine cases were confirmed in Pitkin County on Wednesday; all of the infected individuals are part of a social circle of people who had contact with a woman who was visiting Aspen and returned home to Australia and tested positive there.
Three of the cases from Pitkin County were released at 12:00 p.m., and the other six confirmed tests were releases from the CDPHE at 3:00 p.m. All nine individuals are Australians visiting Pitkin County.
Two females in their 50's tested positive in Gunnison County, and it is unknown if they had recently traveled in the U.S. or internationally.
Michael Hancock, the Mayor the Denver released that an employee with the Denver International Airport received a presumptive positive test, and officials are attempting to track down all those who were in contact with the person.
A @DENAirport City employee has received a presumptive positive test for COVID-19 at the state laboratory. This test must be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention @CDC. pic.twitter.com/yGtJLJVRTO— Michael B. Hancock (@MayorHancock) March 11, 2020
In a press release, the CDPHE states, "Based on the information CDPHE is receiving from presumptive positive cases, CDPHE has reason to suspect we are seeing limited community spread in Colorado."
The state has issued roughly 300 cases to date. Testing began February 28.
Governor Polis will have a press conference at 5 p.m. to discuss the outbreak of COVID-19.
As of now, cases have been confirmed in Arapahoe (3), Denver (6), Douglas (3), Eagle (4), El Paso (1), Gunnison (2), Jefferson (3), Larimer (1), Pitkin (3), and Summit (1) Counties.
The person who was confirmed in Summit County is currently in isolation is Adams County.
There is also an "intermediate" case in Denver, which means that the test did not provide conclusive results, but hey are treating it as a positive case.
We fully anticipate in the coming days, especially as we work hard to increase our testing capacity, that there will be more confirmed cases," Polis said. "We're going to get through this together, but the actions that we take in the few days and weeks will really determine the trajectory of coronavirus in Colorado."
For more information on the cases of COVID-19 in Colorado, visit here.