Public Health Medical Officer to Host COVID-19 Fireside Chat on Thursday
Dr. Chris Urbina, medical officer for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment, will answer the public’s questions related to COVID-19 during a Facebook Live fireside chat scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited to submit questions ahead of time via email for Dr. Urbina prior to Thursday’s chat at [email protected]. The chat will be aired live on Pueblo Department of Public Health’s Facebook page.
State Health Department Amends Order Limiting Personal Gatherings to 10 People
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently amended the Safer at Home public order to limit personal gatherings in the majority of counties, including Pueblo County, to no more than 10 people from no more than two separate households.
Recent case investigation data indicates that since July, attending social gatherings and community exposures have become more common among new cases, suggesting people have relaxed precautions and are interacting more closer with more households.
In addition to limiting gatherings and gathering sizes, individuals should continue to wear masks in public, wash hands frequently and keep a physical distance of at least 6 feet from anyone outside your household.
All public health orders are available here.
State Health Department Launches Exposure Notification Technology for Cell Phones
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Sunday launched its statewide COVID-19 exposure notification system, in partnership with Google and Apple. 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.
The CO Exposure Notification provides individuals who receive an exposure alert with instructions on recommended next steps including information on quarantine and contacting their local public health agency.
More information on the notification system and how to obtain the technology go to addyourphone.com.
Public Health Officials Give 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, and image below.
Community COVID-19 Testing Site Re-Opens Tuesday
Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site, which was closed Monday due to the inclement weather, is scheduled to open today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Testing will be available 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.
Three New Outbreaks Reported in Pueblo County
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced three new COVID-19 outbreaks in Pueblo County since Thursday, October 22, 2020. The outbreaks were reported at Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo, LaVista Correctional Facility, and Youth Offender System.
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 43 reported outbreaks, 26 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 two Pueblo County residents have died related to COVID-19. A 75-year-old male and 76-year-old male who previously were reported positive for COVID-19 died. The reported deaths bring the total in Pueblo County to 43.
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced 264 new positive COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County since Thursday, October 22, 2020. At the time of publication, demographics of new cases were not available and will be provided on Thursday’s 4 PM update.
Pueblo County has a total of 2,002 confirmed positive and probable* cases among Pueblo County residents. The total number of people testing, 34,555 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.
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.