Governor Polis Signs Several Executive Orders Pertaining to COVID-19 Response
Governor Jared Polis recently extended several executive orders pertaining to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Polis extended the order requiring certain workers, including critical businesses and mass transportation operations, to wear non-medical face coverings while working. Polis also extended Executive Order D 2020 109, which extends the state of disaster emergency and providing additional funds for response activities due to the presence of COVID-19. Other executive orders signed pertain to Medicaid home health workforce (click here), criminal justice (click here), and emergency rules extending the expiration date of licenses and other documents (click here).
State Department of Regulatory Agencies Updates for Salons, Spas, and Sole Practitioners
The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) has provided additional guidance for salons, spas, and sole practitioners of personal services in response to the seventh amended Public Health Order 20-28.
The following spa/salon services are NOT permitted at this time, as hygiene and sanitation cannot be assured to the level required at this time: jet baths, mud baths, saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpools. The updated guidance can be viewed here.
Civil Rights Guidance for Employers and Places of Public Accommodation Finalized
The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) released civil rights guidance for employers and places of public accommodation under the Safer at Home in the Vast, Great Outdoors. The guidance, which was developed as a result of stakeholder meetings. The guidance can be found here.
Colorado’s Symptom Support Tool
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has revised the Colorado COVID Symptom Support Tool which allows individuals to share their COVID-19 symptoms and to help people get connected to resources to help them feel better. The support tool also provides a Frequently Asked Questions section and provides county-by-county data from those reporting their symptoms. The Symptom Support Tool is available on the COVID19.colorado.gov webpage.
Pueblo County’s Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site Open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9am-3pm
Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 drive-thru testing at the Colorado State Fairgrounds is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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 body aches, loss of sense of taste or smell, cough, difficulty breathing, fever over 100.4 degrees, chills, headache, sore throat and muscle pain
- 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)
- A resident of a long-term care facility or anyone experiencing homelessness
- 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. The first 250 individuals each day will have access to drive-up testing. No physician order is required, and all testing is free.
View a video of the COVID-19 Self-Swabbing Test https://youtu.be/vsQVxsQY3jc
Pueblo’s COVID-19 Case Updates
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced three new positive COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County since Friday, June 19. The confirmed positives cases are a 20-year-old female, 29-year-old female and a 64-year-old male. Pueblo County has a total of 358 confirmed positive and probable* cases among Pueblo County residents. The total number of people testing, 7,234, 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 shortness of breath, cough, temperature of 100.4 or higher, chills, headache, sore throat and new loss of smell or taste, call your medical provider before visiting them.
- 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:
- Pueblo’s COVID-19 Hotline 719-583-4444
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.