Community Updates

Pueblo’s COVID-19 Case Numbers are on the Rise

“We hear you. Times have been tough and we’re all seeking some form of normalcy. As cases are rising it is important to continue to wear a mask, remain physically distanced, and avoid crowds to prevent the spread of COVID-19, influenza and other harmful viruses and disease,” stated Randy Evetts public health director at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.

 

With gatherings occurring, outbreaks in businesses and long-term care facility increasing, and school back in session public health noted these may contribute toward more people being tested resulting in more positive cases in Pueblo County.

 

The community is encouraged to stay home when feeling sick. Anyone who feels symptoms should contact their doctor and get tested. Free COVID-19 testing is offered at the Colorado State Fairgrounds Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturday of the month 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., preregistration is encouraged at www.pueblohealth.org/covid19.

 

Governor Polis, Rockies Pitcher Kyle Freeland, and Broncos Mascot Miles Get Flu Shots

Governor Jared Polis received a flu shot today along with former Broncos player Billy Thompson, Rockies Pitcher Kyle Freeland, Rockies mascot Dinger, Broncos Mascot Miles, and Denver Broncos Cheerleaders.

 

“This year, as we protect ourselves from COVID by keeping our distance from other people and wearing masks, it’s also important to get a flu vaccine to protect ourselves and ensure that our hospitals and health care system is not overwhelmed,” said Governor Jared Polis. “COVID-19 related hospitalizations have increased, and last year thousands of Coloradans were hospitalized due to the flu. Getting a flu vaccine isn’t just about your own health during this pandemic, but also the health of your loved ones and your community and small businesses,” said Governor Polis. “Just like getting a COVID-19 test at one of the state’s community testing sites, getting a flu vaccine is free, quick and easy. Let’s all do our part to minimize the impacts of the flu season and continue taking basic steps like washing our hands, wearing a mask, staying home when you are sick, and avoiding large groups to limit the spread of this virus.”

 

Coloradans can find a flu clinic location near them at fluvaxcolorado.org.

 

Community COVID-19 Testing Site Open Monday through Friday


Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site is open this week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Livestock Pavilion on 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.

 

Important Testing Information:

  • Testing is free
  • Testing is administered by test site staff; self-swab testing is not available
  • Testing is encouraged for individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Testing will be provided for anyone who feels the need to get tested for COVID-19
  • Testing will be provided to individuals 2 years of age or older
  • No insurance or physician referral is required
  • Mask are required.
  • There are resources on site for our Spanish-speaking population
  • Pre-registration is recommended but not required
  • Registration link can be found here: pueblohealth.org/covid19

 

Testing is drive-thru only, and individuals being tested must be in an enclosed vehicle wearing a mask. No bicycles, motorcycles or walk-ups are allowed. The site is open to neighboring counties.

 

Outbreak Updates

Outbreak Reported at Sushi Garden and University Park Care Center


Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced two new COVID-19 outbreaks in Pueblo County. The outbreaks were reported at Sushi Garden and University Park Care Center. The University Park Care Center outbreak was identified October 13, 2020. The Sushi Garden outbreak was identified October 14, 2020.

 

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, Sushi Garden and University Park Care Center each have at least two positive cases. Pueblo County has had 34 reported outbreaks, 17 are active and 17 resolved.

 

Pueblo’s COVID-19 Case Updates

 

Health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced a Pueblo County resident has died related to COVID-19. A 94-year-old female who previously was reported positive for COVID-19 died. The reported deaths bring the total in Pueblo County to 39.

                                                                                                                                                                            

Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced 205 newpositive COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County since Thursday, October 8, 2020. The new cases are females age 3, 5, 6, 7, 12, 14, 14, 15, 16, 20, 20, 21, 21, 22, 22, 24, 24, 24, 25, 26, 27, 27, 28, 28, 29, 29, 29, 29, 29, 29, 30, 30, 30, 31, 31,31, 32, 33, 33, 33, 33, 34, 35, 35, 36, 36, 37, 37, 39, 40, 40, 40, 42, 43, 43, 43, 44, 46, 47, 47, 47, 47, 47, 47, 48, 48, 50, 51, 53, 53, 53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 58, 58, 59, 60, 61, 61, 62, 62, 62, 62, 64, 66, 66, 67, 67, 67, 67, 70, 75, 78, 78, 80, 83, 84, 85, 85, 87, 95, 96; males age 6, 7, 9, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 17, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 27, 27, 27, 27, 29, 30, 31, 31, 31, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 36, 37, 37, 38, 39, 41, 41, 41, 41, 41, 41, 42, 42, 43, 43, 45, 47, 47, 47,49, 49, 49, 50, 50, 50, 50, 51, 53, 53,54, 54, 54, 55, 55, 55, 56, 56, 56, 56, 56, 56, 58, 58, 58, 58, 60, 60, 60, 64, 64, 64, 65, 66, 68, 68, 68, 70, 71, 71, 71, 78, 82, 86, 86, 88, 92; unknown gender ages5, 14, 28, 52, 62, 67 .

 

Pueblo County has a total of 1,499 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.

 

COVID19 Status Update for October 15, 2020

 

Confirmed and Probable COVID-19 Cases in Pueblo by Age Group

 

Age Group

Cases

0-9

58

10-19

148

20-29

261

30-39

239

40-49

242

50-59

207

60-69

155

70-79

89

80+

100

 

Confirmed and Probable Cases in Pueblo by Sex

Sex

Cases

Female

808

Male

653

Unavailable

38

                       

Pueblo County’s COVID-19 Deaths by Age Group

Age Group

Cases

0-9

0

10-19

0

20-29

0

30-39

1

40-49

0

50-59

3

60-69

6

70-79

8

80+

21

 

Pueblo County’s COVID-19 Deaths by Sex

Sex

Cases

Female

13

Male

25

Unavailable

1

 

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.
  • Follow the Governor’s mask order.
  • Minimize social activities and being physically close to other people.
  • Isolate yourself if you feel symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms are new loss of taste or smell, headache, sore throat, cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms. Visit cdc.govfor 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 are 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 COVID-19 Hotline is providing resources and answering questions 9 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday (closed for government holidays) 719-583-4444.

 

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