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Three employees at Goodwill on Austin Bluffs test positive for COVID-19

NEWS RELEASE

May 17, 2020

Contact: Bradd Hafer, Marketing & Communications Manager, Goodwill of Colorado
Office: (719) 785-9200; Cell: (719) 330-4370

Contact: Michelle Hewitt, Public Health Information Officer, El Paso County Public Health
Office: (719) 578-3239; Cell: (719) 244-1947

Three employees at Goodwill on Austin Bluffs test positive for COVID-19

El Paso County, CO – Goodwill of Colorado has received notice that three of its Austin Bluffs Store (4158 Austin Bluffs Parkway) employees tested positive for COVID-19. Since the store’s re-opening on May 1, these and all Goodwill employees have closely followed the Safer at Home Executive Order issued by Governor Polis and the Safer at Home Public Health Order issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Goodwill has also been following guidelines including daily temperature checks and health screenings prior to shifts, wearing protective masks and gloves, frequent disinfecting of high-touch/high-traffic areas and social distancing, among other preventative measures.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Goodwill has been in close communication with our valued employees to ensure they have all necessary resources, and we wish those employees and their families who have been affected a full and speedy recovery.

This is considered an outbreak, which is defined as two or more confirmed cases within 14 days. Out of an abundance of caution, Public Health is alerting anyone who may have been at this Goodwill location in the last week, starting on May 9. As we learn more through this investigation, we will share additional details as they become available.

Goodwill is working with El Paso County Public Health to conduct an investigation of the situation and working with store employees who may have been exposed to the three positive cases. The safety and well-being of our staff and customers are always a top priority, and as an added precaution Goodwill has temporarily closed the Austin Bluffs Store and Attended Donation Center, effective Sunday, May 17. While closed, the store will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected in preparation for re-opening to our shoppers and donors under the guidance of Public Health.

We encourage people to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. If you begin to experience symptoms, it’s important to seek testing, which is available at the following locations:

  • UCHealth Testing Tent: 175 S. Union Blvd in Colorado Springs
    • Open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., this drive-through site will perform testing on individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have a physician’s order
    • Bring your ID and insurance card (if you have one)
  • Peak Vista Testing Site: 3205 North Academy in Colorado Springs
    • Open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this drive-through site will test those 12 years of age and older who have symptoms of COVID-19
    • Visit Peak Vista’s COVID-19 testing page to learn more about what to bring and other requirements to get tested here
  • Kaiser/CDPHE Test Sites: Call to receive location information
    • For symptomatic first responders and health care workers that do not have access to testing through their employer
    • Call 303-692-2700 and speak with a clinical consultant to get approval to test at one of these sites and receive information on scheduling an appointment
  • Pueblo County Testing Site: 1001 Beulah Ave. (enter through Gate 4 off Mesa Avenue and Gaylord Avenue)
    • For news and information about our neighboring community’s testing site, visit their website.
    • Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado Testing Site: 4125 Briargate Parkway (parking lot of Briargate Outpatient and Specialty Care)
    • Open 7 days a week
    • Testing Requirements:
      • Pre-Surgical patient at Children’s pediatric physician referral
      • Drive-through site, by appointment only
    • Centura Health: 17230 Jackson Creek Parkway, suite 120 Monument, CO 80132
      • Open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      • Testing Requirements:
        • Testing is by agency; Agency must be a Fire Department, Law Enforcement Agency, or EMS provider (other agencies such as Department of Corrections, Rangers, Animal Law Enforcement and others are welcome to contact Centura at the email below if interested in testing)
        • Agency Occupational Health or equivalent emails CenturaLovesFirstResponders@Centura.org for testing forms
        • Individual:
          • Symptomatic AND has testing form from agency/work ID with them AND First Responder
          • No appointment required

Goodwill welcomes shoppers and donors at the nearby Kelly Johnson (1070 Kelly Johnson Blvd.) and Powers (2655 Waynoka Place) stores, and customers can view a complete list of our open locations online at DiscoverMyGoodwill.org.

Goodwill and Public Health want to take this opportunity to thank the community for their continued support. Public Health would also like to remind residents to follow the guidelines set forth in the Safer at Home Order:

  • Continue to stay home as much as possible
  • Urged to wear a face covering
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Limit gatherings to less than 10
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces
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