State Health Department to Launch Exposure Notification Technology for Cell Phones
On Sunday October 25, 2020 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will launch its statewide COVID-19 exposure notification system. On Sunday, Coloradans may receive a notice on their Android and Apple phones with instructions about how to opt-in.
CO Exposure Notifications is a free and voluntary service. The technology alerts participants who have been in proximity to someone with COVID-19 long enough to risk an infection.
CO Exposure Notifications will complement existing statewide health safety protocols, without compromising the privacy of Coloradans and visitors to the state. Exposure Notification systems like these are critical to prevent further spread of COVID-19. In models developed by Oxford University, researchers have estimated that even if only 15% of the population enables exposure notifications, regions could see a reduction in infections of 8% and deaths by 6%.
When users enable the service, their smartphones will share anonymous tokens with other users through the phones’ Bluetooth technology. If another user tests positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period and chooses to upload their results, users at risk of infection will receive an alert of potential exposure. Tokens shared by cell phones are not associated with any phone number, name, location or IP address and they change every 15 minutes to add an extra layer of anonymity. Click here for more information.
Pueblo County Announces Second Round of $500,000 Economic Recovery Grants
Pueblo County Government is encouraging local businesses and nonprofits to apply for a second round of economic recovery grants. The grant money is made possible from the Federal CARES Act Funding Pueblo County received from the state.
A third round of awards may be available after the second round is awarded. Currently the State of Colorado has some reserve CARES Act Funding Pueblo County is applying to receive. If the county is awarded the money from the state, Pueblo County will use those funds for economic recovery grants.
Businesses and nonprofits may apply even if they were previously awarded by going here.
Colorado Farm & Food Systems Respond & Rebuild Fund
The COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically affecting the food supply chain and livelihoods of Colorado’s farmers and ranchers. The Colorado Farm & Food Systems Respond & Rebuild Fund has a third round of grants available made possible by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. About $1 million is available for producers, processors, and intermediaries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are open through November 9, 2020. To learn more, visit here.
Public Health Official Gives Update on Growing Number of COVID-19 Cases
Pueblo’s Health officials are urging Puebloans to continue adhering to COVID-19 protocols as cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. Puebloans are urged to limit in-person gatherings, wash hands regularly, maintain physical distance, and wear a mask when around people outside of their household to help reduce the number of people who get sick with COVID-19.
Based on the state framework for the Safer at Home phase, the increasing numbers may force the community to roll back activities; County variances may be rescinded, capacity limits for businesses and places of worship will be reduced, bars and gyms will be closed.
There is a small window of opportunity over the course of the next few weeks to make improvements in Pueblo County’s numbers. It will take a community effort from citizens, businesses, schools, and governments. Everyone plays a part. Click here to read more.
Community COVID-19 Testing Site Open Monday through Saturday
Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site is open this week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday 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.
Two New Outbreaks Reported in Pueblo County
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced two new COVID-19 outbreaks in Pueblo County since Monday, October 19, 2020. The outbreaks were reported at Rock Canyon Respiratory and Rehabilitation Center and Flow Right Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling.
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. Pueblo County has had 40 reported outbreaks, 23 are active and 17 have been 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 67-year-old male who previously was reported positive for COVID-19 died. The reported deaths bring the total in Pueblo County to 41.
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced 127 new positive COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County since Monday, October 19, 2020. The new cases are females age 2, 2, 4, 4, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 20, 23, 26, 26, 27, 30, 31, 33, 33, 34, 35, 37, 41, 42, 42, 45, 45, 48, 49, 51, 52, 54, 54, 55, 56, 56, 57, 57, 61, 62, 64, 64, 68, 69, 71, 73, 94, 94, unknown age; males age 5, 7, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 15, 16, 19, 20, 20, 21, 23, 23, 23, 25, 25, 26, 27, 27, 27, 27, 27, 29, 32, 32, 34, 36, 37, 37, 37, 38, 40, 41, 41, 42, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 47, 47, 50, 51, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 61, 61, 64, 64, 65, 66, 66, 68, 70, 70, 70, 72, 73, 73, 76, 78, 82, 84, 84, 90; unknown gender age 49, 50.
Pueblo County has a total of 1,741 confirmed positive and probable* cases among Pueblo County residents. The total number of people testing, 33,184 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 Cases in Pueblo by Age Group
Confirmed and Probable Cases in Pueblo by Sex
Pueblo County’s COVID-19 Deaths 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.
- 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.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 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.