After a traveler who skied at Vail and Keystone resorts tested positive for the coronavirus, multiple Summit County ski areas have released statements stating that they will remain open and that operations are continuing as usual.
On Thursday, Gov. Jared Polis announced Colorado’s first two cases of coronavirus — an older woman in Douglas County and a man who authorities say traveled to Colorado from out of state and skied at the two Summit County resorts before becoming ill. The 30-something man arrived at Denver International Airport on Feb. 29 before traveling to Summit County and staying at the Slopeside Condominiums in Keystone, the Summit Daily reported.
The patient had been in Italy in mid-February, and a person with him on that trip has since tested positive for COVID-19. He is now in isolation in Jefferson County, while his travel companions — the man’s wife and two friends who live in Colorado — are now in quarantine, Polis said.
In response to the news that the infected patient skied at Vail and Keystone, Vail Resorts — which operates both ski areas, along with Beaver Creek, Crested Butte and Breckenridge — released a statement on Friday just before 11 a.m.:
“We have been made aware of one presumptive positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Summit County, Colo. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) informed us that the person skied at Keystone Resort and Vail Mountain between Feb. 29 and March 2, while he was asymptomatic. He developed symptoms on March 3.
Transmission from asymptomatic people is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Summit County Public Health informed us that the individual stayed in the Slopeside Condominiums complex during his stay in Keystone. The unit is not owned or managed by Vail Resorts. We manage the building’s Homeowners Association, which oversees the maintenance of all common areas. We have followed all guidance from Summit County Public Health regarding the cleaning and disinfecting of all common areas.
CDPHE reiterated this morning that the risk to the general public is low. We are in contact with Summit County Public Health and the CDPHE and will continue to follow their guidance and recommendations.
The health and wellbeing of our guests and employees is our top priority and we will continue to take all appropriate precautions. We have asked all employees to follow the recommendations from the CDC.
Our resorts are fully open and operating normally.”
Arapahoe Basin also issued a statement on Friday, noting that, “There has been no specific risk identified at Arapahoe Basin,” said Alan Henceroth, A-Basin’s chief operating officer. “Our greatest concern is for the safety and well being of our guests and our employees. While the risk of contracting this disease is low, we strongly encourage everyone to educate themselves on COVID-19 and use preventive measures recommended by the Center For Disease Control (CDC). Information can be found at CDC Coronavirus Information.
“Arapahoe Basin will continue to be open for normal ski area operations,” Henceroth wrote. “We hope you will take the time to read and understand this illness. Thank you for being part of A-Basin.”
This is a developing story — check back for updates as they become available.
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