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Eagle County reports 9th COVID-19 death as cases double in 5 days

'We are at a critical tipping point,' says county emergency management director

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. — Eagle County Emergency Management Director Birch Barron issued an ominous warning Tuesday, saying the county is now at a critical COVID-19 tipping point.

And, for the first time in several weeks, the county on Tuesday reported a COVID-19 fatality. The victim, the ninth Eagle County resident to die from the virus, was a man in his 80s.

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If county residents fail to limit social interactions and take appropriate precautions, the situation could deteriorate over the coming weeks and put Eagle County back to where it was in mid-March, Barron warned during his weekly presentation to the Eagle County Commissioners.

Barron noted there have been 71 local COVID-19 cases reported over the past 10 days with 47 of those cases reported over the past five days. 

“This is exactly what a problem looks like,” Barron said. 

>> Read more at Vail Daily.

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