Heather Skold

KRDO anchor Heather Skold won gold in the TV evening news anchor category. Courtesy

On Monday, longtime KRDO-TV anchor Heather Skold announced that she has contracted COVID-19. 

Skold, the 2020 gold medal Best of the Springs winner for Best Evening News Anchor, released the health update on her Facebook page and provided details on how she contracted the coronavirus and its physical impact. 

"I got COVID," she wrote on Facebook. "So did my parents. We’re doing okay, thank God. It’s been a weird, strange patch of time, no doubt. They are on the mend, but as we’ve learned, this affects the older population more severely. My symptoms started to appear as pure exhaustion, which I attributed to stress. But then, the night the election, I just couldn’t warm up (which I thought was due to spending extended time in our usually-cold studio).

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Skold said she learned that someone she had contact with was infected on Election Day."

"I left before the 10 o’clock show and have been home since (see below for current view)," she wrote. "After being tested Wednesday, my results finally came back positive on Sunday."

Skold described her symptoms.

"Breathing and talking has, at times, been difficult," she wrote. "I liken it to standing atop a 14er, where your lungs feel tired, but mainly the air is dry and thin. You just feel like it’s time to descend to where there’s more oxygen. Thankfully, my energy is starting to come back! I still cannot smell anything, oddly, though."

Skold also offered some advice for those who contract the virus.

"I’m no health expert, but have found that naps, LOTS of water, tea, Vitamin C, D, Zinc, Elderberry and probiotics have all helped!" she wrote. "I am overcome with grief that I exposed my co-workers. I pray none of them get this. Hope you all are staying healthy. I look forward to returning soon."

A Colorado native, Skold has been a mainstay on the local broadcasting scene since 2007. A highly respected journalist, she is a three-time Regional Edward R. Murrow and three-time Emmy award winner.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available. 

Terry is a journalist for The Gazette. He's a graduate of the University of Denver, loves the Denver Broncos, and is a member of the Television Critics Association and Critics Choice Association.

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