Mesa County Public Health has reported the first presumptive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county.

The announcement came Saturday morning on the MCPH Facebook page.

The results from the state public health laboratory confirm the Mesa County resident is a male in his 30s. The results still need to be confirmed by the CDC, which is what makes this a presumptive case at this point.

MCPH Executive Director, Jeff Kuhr, said in a statement:

"This has to be a community response, having each resident of Mesa County informed, taking preventative measures and adhering to guidance from health care and public health officials will be essential in our response to this illness."

These are good words reminding us of the importance of being informed and taking preventative measures while staying calm and not engaging in panic-type behaviors. We will continue to follow this developing story.

To stay up to date with current coronavirus information, please regularly visit the Mesa County Public Health website.

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