First person to die from coronavirus in Colorado could have infected HUNDREDS of elderly people after playing in a bridge tournament

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
By Paul Martin

Woman in her 80s became the first to die from coronavirus in Colorado Friday
There are now fears for hundreds of people at a bridge center where she played
At least one person has been diagnosed with the virus, while others are now sick
Officials want to trace almost 300 elderly people who had contact with her
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By CHRIS PLEASANCE
DAILYMAIL.COM
17 March 2020

Hundreds of elderly people in Colorado could have caught coronavirus after a woman who was the state’s first victim of the disease played with them in a bridge tournament, health officials have warned.

An alert has been issued for anyone who played at the Colorado Bridge Center in El Paso County between February 27 and March 3 – but especially in a tournament on February 29 and March 1 – to contact officials over fears they might be infected.

At least one person who attended the center has already tested positive for the virus, while two more have been hospitalized with symptoms.

John Dukellis, a director of the center who is self-isolating over fears he may have the illness, said at least 284 people – 98 per cent of whom are over the age of 60 – attended the tournmanet and are now at risk.

This group is going to be hard hit,’ Dukellis told The Denver Post. ‘This is just the beginning.’

It is thought the woman had some symptoms at the time she attended the tournament, but not ones that she was concerned about.

Colorado had 160 confirmed cases of coronavirus by midnight Monday, with one confirmed death – the bridge player, who was aged in her 80s.

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