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.
Mayor Gradisar’s Message
View a weekly message from Pueblo Mayor Gradisar, here https://youtu.be/omb2ANG1-YI.
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 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.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)
- Individuals five years and older and those with access and functional needs, including adults, may be tested by a caregiver or another adult
- 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. 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
Governor Extends Several Executive Orders Related to COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Jared Polis extended several orders this week related to the COVID-19 pandemic. An order allowing for food trucks to operate at rest stops in the state has been extended for 30 days as has an order suspending certain statues concerning taxpayer filing requirements for certain taxable property. The food truck order can be read here. The property tax order can be read here.
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced two new COVID-19 outbreaks in Pueblo County. Martin Marietta and Pueblo Regional Building Department have reported outbreaks.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, an outbreak in a facility is defined as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 during a 14-day period.
To date, the Martin Marietta has two employees and Pueblo Regional Building Department has two employees who tested positive for COVID-19.
Pueblo County has had 10 outbreaks, four are resolved and eight are active. CDPHE’s report of outbreaks at facilities statewide is updated weekly on Wednesdays at https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/outbreak-data.
Pueblo’s COVID-19 Case Updates
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced 33 new positive COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County since Monday, July 27. The positives cases are 13-year-old female, 15-year-old female, 17-year-old female, 18-year-old female, 23-year-old female, 28-year-old female, 29-year-old female, 29-year-old female, 31-year-old female, 32-year-old female, 40-year-old female, 41-year-old female, 43-year-old female, 46-year-old female, 47-year-old female, 50-year-old female, 54-year-old female, 67-year-old female, 5-year-old male, 10-year-old male, 19-year-old male, 19-year-old male, 24-year-old male, 29-year-old male, 31-year-old male, 37 year-old-male, 45-year-old male, 50-year-old male, 51-year-old male, 52-year-old male, 60-year-old male, 62-year old male and 64-year-old male Pueblo County has a total of 604 confirmed positive and probable* cases among Pueblo County residents. The total number of people testing, 12,516 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.