Pueblo, CO – Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE) confirmed today (March 26, 2020) the first death in Pueblo County due to COVID-19 of an 81-year-old woman. There is no additional information available at this time.


“This is a tragic loss of life and we share our heartfelt condolences with the family," said Randy Evetts, public health director at PDPHE . “This unfortunate loss highlights the seriousness of this virus. Now more than ever, we want to remind our residents to protect yourself, your family, and the community.”


Evetts added, “The best thing you can do to protect yourself and others is follow social distancing, public health orders and practice good hygiene, including washing your hands often, and staying home if you are sick.”


PDPHE is working to identify close contacts of the woman and continue this investigation to protect the Pueblo community and reduce the spread of the virus.


Everybody has a responsibility to protect the Pueblo community and our most vulnerable in Pueblo by:    

  • Minimize social activities and being physically close to other people. 
  • Do not go to the emergency room unless medically necessary.   
  • Call your medical provider if you feel symptoms of breath, cough, temperature of 100.4 or higher.
  • Wash your hands with soap regularly.  
  • Cough or sneeze into elbow or tissue.  
  • Stay home when you’re sick.  
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.  
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.  
  • Clean surfaces frequently touched.  


Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents and media to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19:   

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    Sarah Joseph, Public Information Officer
sarah.joseph@pueblocounty.us (719)583-4526