There Will Be No 4 PM Update Monday, October 12, 2020
Due to the government holiday, the next 4 PM update will be Thursday, October 15, 2020. Please continue to follow the health department’s Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Update Briefings to be Released on Mondays and Thursdays
Beginning the week of October 5, the Unified Messaging briefings will be released on Mondays and Thursdays. The briefings contain cases numbers, outbreaks, data and pertinent state and local information pertaining to COVID-19 pandemic. The briefing will continue to be disseminated at 4 PM.
New Insight into How COVID-19 is Spread
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to believe, based on current science, that people are more likely to become infected the longer and closer they are to a person with COVID-19. The CDC acknowledges the existence of some published reports showing limited, uncommon circumstances where people with COVID-19 infected others who were more than 6-feet away or shortly after the COVID-19-positive person left an area. In these instances, transmission occurred in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing, like singing or exercise. Such environments and activities may contribute to the buildup of virus-carrying particles.
Pueblo Public Health Encourages Flu Shots Each Year
Public Health Officials in Pueblo stated the importance of getting an influenza (flu) vaccination to prevent the flu; having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could make you more susceptible to serious health complications. More information can be found at pueblohealth.org.
City of Pueblo Offers Funding for Patio Outside Dining
The City of Pueblo will purchase patio amenities to extend outside dining this fall. Mayor Gradisar wants restaurants and bars to increase outside table capacity to maintain revenue and keep customers safe. Restaurants can apply through October 9, 2020. More information can be found at pueblo.us.
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.
Outbreak Reported at Sunset Inn
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 Sunset Inn and Target Distribution Center. Target Distribution Center was previously declared an outbreak on July 16, 2020 and resolved on September 17, 2020. The new outbreak was identified October 8, 2020. Sunset Inn’s outbreak was identified October 8, 2020.
The outbreaks at Coronado Stone and Russ Davis Wholesale were declared resolved October 6, 2020. Russ Davis was declared an outbreak on August 28, 2020 and Coronado Stone was declared an outbreak on August 31, 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, Sunset Inn has three employees who have tested positive, and Target Distribution Center has at least two employees. Pueblo County has had 31 reported outbreaks, 14 are active and 17 resolved.
Pueblo’s COVID-19 Case Updates
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced 79 new positive COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County since Monday, October 5, 2020. The new cases are females age 14, 14, 18, 18, 19, 19, 21, 21, 23, 23, 26, 27, 28, 28, 28, 30, 30, 32, 34, 35, 37, 38, 40, 42, 49, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57, 58, 60, 62, 62, 64, 65, 72, 77, 88, 96 ; males age 3, 4, 5, 11, 16, 19, 21, 25, 30, 31, 33, 35, 36, 38, 38, 40, 42, 47, 47, 51, 53, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 58, 61, 62, 62, 62, 63, 66, 67, 89, 71, 72; unknown gender ages 2, 13.
Pueblo County has a total of 1,295 confirmed positive and probable* cases among Pueblo County residents. The total number of people testing, 28,303 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.