Unified Messaging Briefing Expanded to Twice a Week on Monday and Friday
Due to an increased request from the public to have more frequent updates on COVID-19 data and information, Unified Messaging will release a written briefing to the media and community leaders on Monday and Friday at 4 p.m. beginning today. The briefings include information from Unified Messaging partners about COVID-19 related issues as well as COVID-19 case numbers and other data pertaining to Pueblo County. The updates will also be posted on the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment’s social media, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Currently, there will be no briefing on Wednesday.
Community Free COVID-19 Testing Continues into August at State Fairgrounds
Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 drive-thru testing at the Colorado State Fairgrounds will continue at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in August. Testing is every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m. There is no limit to the number of people who can be tested per day.
Currently, the following individuals can be tested for COVID-19 at Pueblo’s COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing:
- Any individual who is symptomatic (symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea).
- Anyone over the age of 65 (symptomatic or asymptomatic)
- African American, Latino, American Indian Tribes (symptomatic or asymptomatic)
- Anyone who had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
- Health care workers and first responders (symptomatic or asymptomatic)
- Attended a large gathering or protest
The testing site at the Colorado State Fairgrounds (enter through Gate 4 off Mesa Avenue and Gaylord Avenue) is drive-thru only and individuals must be inside an enclosed vehicle for safety. No walk-ups or motorcycles are allowed through the testing site. The site is open to neighboring counties. Everybody being tested must be able to administer the test to themselves, children and individuals unable to give the test to themselves will be turned away. No physician order is required, and all testing is free.
View a short video of the COVID-19 Self-Swabbing Test https://youtu.be/vsQVxsQY3jc
District 60 Announces Return to School Plan
The District 60 school board approved a Return to School plan for the 20-21 school year that consists of a mixture of in-person instruction, hybrid instruction, and a virtual learning option. Students are scheduled to return to school on Aug. 31 with teachers returning on Aug. 10. For more information on the Return to School plan click here.
CDC Adds Guidance on Isolation or People with Weakened Immune Systems
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people with conditions that weaken their immune system might need to stay home longer than 10 days. Individuals with weakened immune systems are recommended to talk to your healthcare provider. For more on isolation guidance visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.
Governor Amends Executive Order on Alcohol Sales Ceasing at 10 p.m.
Governor Jared Polis issued an amendment to the executive order prohibiting the sale of alcohol for consumption at licensed establishments after 10 p.m. The amendment clarifies that liquor stores and retail businesses can continue to sell alcohol after 10 p.m. to include delivery services. Takeout alcohol beverages are not permitted after 10 p.m. The order is in effective for 30 days. To read the executive order click here.
Governor Extends Several Executive Order to Include Elective Surgeries, Funding for Childcare Services and Certain Regulatory Statutes
Governor Jared Polis recently extended several executive orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Polis extended the order allowing some voluntary and elective surgeries and procedures. The extension was effective July 23 and shall expire in 30 days. To see the executive order click here.
Polis extended the order allowing the ability of Coloradoans to continue getting marriage licenses while clerk and recorder offices are closed. The order can be found here. He also extended the order suspending certain regulatory statutes (found here) concerning petition collection for unaffiliated and independent candidates. Polis also signed an executive order directing the Colorado Department of Human Service to access federal funds for childcare services.
Pueblo’s COVID-19 Case Updates
Health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced one Pueblo County resident has died related to COVID-19. A 38-year-old man, who previously was reported positive for COVID-19, died. The reported death brings the total in Pueblo County to 34.
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced 38 new positive COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County since Wednesday, July 22. The positives cases are a 5-year-old female, 17-year-old female, 19-year-old female, 20-year-old female, 20-year-old female, 21-year-old female, 22-year-old female, 29-year-old female, 30-year-old female, 30-year-old female, 41-year-old female, 42-year-old female, 44-year-old female, 45-year-old female, 47-year-old female, 49-year-old female, 49-year-old female, 57-year-old female, 66-year-old female, 68-year-old female, 74-year-old female, 79-year-old female, 16-year-old male, 18-year-old male, 20-year-old male, 21-year-old male, 21-year-old male, 24-year-old male, 27-year-old male, 31-year-old male, 34-year-old male, 34-year-old male, 35-year-old male, 35-year-old male, 38-year-old male, 38-year-old male, 39-year-old male and a 41-year-old male. Pueblo County has a total of 573 confirmed positive and probable* cases among Pueblo County residents. The total number of people testing, 11,857 is not reflective of everyone testing negative in Pueblo County.
Confirmed and probable cases have been combined to align with state and national data. However, the COVID-19 Status Update chart will continue to show probable cases.
As cases continue to be investigated, the data in this update is subject to change.
*A probable case meets the clinical criteria and epidemiological evidence, yet it has not been laboratory confirmed with a test. The
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now reporting probable cases across the state.
Confirmed and Probable COVID-19 Case in Pueblo by Age Group
Confirmed and Probable Cases in Pueblo by Sex
Pueblo County’s COVID-19 Death by Age Group
Pueblo County’s COVID-19 Deaths by Sex
Help Protect Pueblo from COVID-19
To protect the Pueblo community and the most vulnerable, everybody has a responsibility to:
- Follow the Governor’s Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order.
- Wear a non-medical cloth face covering while out in public for necessary activities.
- Minimize social activities and being physically close to other people.
- Isolate yourself if you feel symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms. Visit cdc.gov for the list of symptoms as it continues to be updated with more information learned about COVID-19.
- Seek preventative and routine care through your primary care provider and use the emergency room when medically necessary.
- 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:
All public and media inquiries in Pueblo are answered through the local hotline at Pueblo’s Joint Information Center. Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline is providing resources and answering questions 9AM – 4PM, Monday – Friday (closed for government holidays) 719-583-4444.
At times, the Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline may experience a high volume of calls, please be patient and remain on the line and the next available call taker will be with you.