Adams Commissioner tests positive for COVID

Not sure where, O'Dorisio said masks helped keep his contacts safe

Scott Taylor
staylor@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/16/20

Adams County Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio said he’s even more of a believer that masks matter after being diagnosed with COVID-19. “I think it’s important for people to take this …

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Adams Commissioner tests positive for COVID

Not sure where, O'Dorisio said masks helped keep his contacts safe

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Adams County Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio said he’s even more of a believer that masks matter after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

“I think it’s important for people to take this seriously,” O’Dorisio said. “I’ve been a big believer in masks from the beginning and this is why.”

O’Dorisio said he was diagnosed with COVID at the end of September and is not sure where he picked it up. He and his family have been in quarantine while dealing with the virus.

“My wife and I have experienced different levels of symptoms,” he said. “It’s important to people to realize that there are differences, and that you have to take things very seriously.”

He said he expected to be out of quarantine sometime Oct. 10 or 11.

O’Dorisio went public with his diagnosis the weekend of Oct. 3, making a public post on Facebook explaining what happened.

“This is an insidious virus that affects people in different ways and can sneak up on you,” he wrote. “I have been tested three times since August with all negative results except for the most recent test. My symptoms have been mild but Robin’s (his wife) have been much more challenging.”

His County Commission colleagues, who had contact with O’Dorisio while he was contagious but before he was aware, went into quarantine right away and were all tested. So far, none have tested positive.

He said he is unaware of any of his contacts being diagnosed.

“You look back and ask when you think you might have been infected, and then you think ‘Was I in the car with anyone? Did I have coffee or lunch with anyone, and within six feet?,’“ he said. “And those are the people you need to get in contact with, based on the guidelines.”

He said he’s promoted wearing masks and limiting personal interactions with others since COVID-19 first began spreading. He’s even more convinced that they work because his contacts have not reported being sick.

“If someone says, ‘But you’ve been wearing mask. You’ve been doing the elbow thing instead of shaking hands, you’ve been careful,”’ he said. “I have had people make that point, that I still got it. But I say by doing all that and being careful, I didn’t expose others. So that’s why being cautious is still important. We may not be able to eliminate exposure entirely, but you can reduce the risk of exposing someone by wearing a mask, social distancing and limiting interactions as much as you can.”

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