Second COVID-19 patient dies in Garfield County; information made public doesn’t include day of death

Post Independent (Glenwood Springs): A man in his 80s with COVID-19 has died in Garfield County, according to a news release from Garfield County Public Health.

The day the death occurred is unclear — Garfield County Public Health Specialist Carrie Godes said in a follow-up email that the county is releasing just “the county, patient’s gender, approximate age and if underlying conditions were present.”

Godes cited preserving patient privacy as the underlying reason for not making more information publicly available, although both Eagle and Pitkin counties have in some cases made more information available, including the day a person with COVID-19 died.

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