Cases updated weekdays (excluding government holidays) on pueblohealth.org/covid19
Pueblo County COVID-19 Data Display Updated on Website
The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment added information and graphs to the COVID data webpage. Case information of two-week incidence rate, deaths by age group, death rate, number of test and percent positive, age and gender of cases, demographics of cases is available on the webpage. These charts are updated weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. View information here.
State Moved Pueblo County back to Safer at Home Level Orange
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment moved Pueblo County to Safer at Home Level Orange, effective 5 p.m. Saturday, November 14. The move is in accordance with the Public Health Order 20-36. All of Pueblo County’s previously approved variances will be suspended and most businesses will be moved to 25% capacity. This link https://bit.ly/32DReis provides information on Level Orange.
Community COVID-19 Testing Site Open Monday through Friday and Second and Fourth Saturdays
Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site is open Monday through Friday and every second and fourth Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Testing is available in the Livestock Pavilion at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. Enter the site through Gate 4 off Mesa and Gaylord avenues. There is no limit to the number of people who can be tested per day.
Testing is encouraged for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, first responders, health care workers, critical infrastructure employees, teachers, and individuals who work in congregate settings. Test results are generally back within four days. Additional information and a pre-registration link can be found here: pueblohealth.org/covid19
Pueblo School District 70 Board of Education Moved Students to Remote Learning
Citing the staggering upward climb of Positive COVID cases throughout the city and county, Pueblo School District 70 Board of Education has voted to move all D70 students and staff back to Remote Learning beginning Thursday, November 12, 2020 through the remainder of the first semester. The District COVID19 Dashboard is posted at www.district70.org.
Pueblo School District 60 Transitions to Distance Learning
Pueblo School District 60 officials announced earlier this week students will begin transitioning to distance learning due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County. As of Wednesday (Nov. 11) all high school students are attending classes via distance learning. Students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade will transition to distance learning on Monday, November 30, following the Thanksgiving break. District officials anticipate distance learning will remain in effect through the end of the first semester.
Governor and State Updates
State Request Hospital Surge Capacity Plans by 11/18
Governor Polis signed an executive order to clarify operations for surging hospital capacity. The order requires hospitals to submit a plan for maximum surge bed count by Wednesday, November 18, 2020, the hospitals complete surge plan by Friday, November 20, 2020.
- A detailed plan to potentially increase bed capacity by at least fifty percent (50%) and provide staffing and medical equipment for such increase;
- Strategies to increase the number of ICU beds by transitioning medical and surgical beds to ICU beds if needed.
- A detailed staffing plan, sufficient to provide adequate care for all beds, including those in use or available to patients other than COVID-19 patients.
- A mandate for elective procedures to be actively managed, reduced and/ or delayed if there is a surge of COVID-19 infections in the county or municipality in which the Facility is located.
It also directs that all hospitals report the maximum number of staffed ICU beds that can be made available for patients in need of ICU level care, as well as the maximum number of staffed medical and surgical beds available for non ICU hospitalization at 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. each day. Hospitals and medical providers are encouraged to continue utilizing telehealth and virtual visits as much as possible. The Governor’s presentation can be viewed here.
State announces updates COVID-19 website to add data, improve accessibility and streamline navigation
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is updating the COVID-19 website to add new data, and improve accessibility, readability and ease of use.
Among the changes are new feature on hospital data to include regional ICU bed availability information; reorganization of guidance to match the dial framework; improved accessibility making it easier to find data and other important information and improved navigation categories to include “For Coloradoans”, “Guidance for Businesses and Communities” and “Public Health Orders.” The website address www.covid19.colorado.gov.
Pueblo’s COVID-19 Case Updates
To ensure accuracy in the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County, this update only contains daily case totals. Please check the website for COVID-19 data, click here.
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced 781 new positive COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County since Thursday, November 12, 2020.
Pueblo County has a total of 5,058 confirmed positive and probable* cases among Pueblo County residents.
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.
Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents and media to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19:
Pueblo COVID-19 Information Line is providing resources and answering questions 9 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday (closed for government holidays) 719-583-4444.