Community COVID-19 Testing Site Open on Saturday for Testing; Moving Inside Fairgrounds on Monday
Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site will be open Saturday (September 12) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot located at Arroyo and Acero avenues (enter off Arroyo). The testing site, which is managed by MAKO Medical, will then move inside the Colorado State Fairgrounds beginning Monday, September 14. The test site will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 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.
Important Testing Information:
- Testing is free
- Tests are administered by test site staff; no self-swabbing testing
- 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
- Masks 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: www.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.
State Health Department Releases Outbreak Map
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released a new outbreak map that shows the locations of all confirmed outbreaks that have been reported to state health. The map, which is available at covid19.colorado.gov/data and will be updated each Wednesday. The map shows locations of active outbreaks using symbology based on the outbreak setting and resolved outbreaks are shown using a gray marker.
Colorado releases guidance on learning pods;
Caregivers and parents given flexibility on learning environments
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) are providing parents and caregivers with guidance regarding joining a learning pod this school year. Learning pods are being formed by families of school-age children in homes of parents and other adults to facilitate supervision of the children who are learning remotely during the school day.
CDHS and CDE released the guidance, called the Resource Guide for Individuals Hosting and Families Participating in Instructional Learning Pods, to help families navigate different learning environments for their children. This includes considerations for the health and safety of the care and learning environment for children, training and qualifications, background checks, and important educational aspects of participating in a learning pod. The family guide will help parents understand how state education policies relate to learning pods so they can form pods that meet their family’s needs.
Licensed Child Care Resources for Families
Information on child care in local areas can also be accessed through local Early Childhood Councils.
The resources below are available for families searching for licensed childcare:
- Colorado Shines online search
- Call (toll-free) 1-877-338-CARE (2273)
- Email email@example.com
- Text "child care referrals" to 898-211
- Complete the child care online intake form
- Chat with a navigator
Governor Extends Several Executive Orders Related to COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Jared Polis extended several executive orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Polis extended the Protect Our Neighbor executive order for another 30 days. The order, which was set to expire September 5, has been extended for another 30 days. To read the order click here. Polis also extended for 30 days an executive order that provides relief to public utility customers to help in recovering from the pandemic. Read the order here.
Other executive orders recently extended by Polis include an order allowing temporary suspension of certain regulatory statutes concerning juvenile justice, regional centers and behavioral health and an order that temporarily suspends certain statutes and rules to expand the healthcare workforce for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities.
Polis also amended and extended an executive order regarding changes to the 2020 election activity to limit the in-person contact while allowing elections to proceed safely. The order can be read here.
Outbreak Reported at Bonaventure of Pueblo; Martin Marietta Outbreak Resolved
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced a new COVID-19 outbreak in Pueblo County. Bonaventure of Pueblo reported an outbreak on September 4. 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, Bonaventure has three residents and two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Pueblo County has had 19 reported outbreaks, eight are active and 11 are now resolved.
The COVID-19 outbreak at Martin Marietta has been resolved. CDPHE deems an outbreak resolved after 28 days have passed with no new illness reported. The outbreak at Martin Marietta was reported on July 31.
CDPHE deems an outbreak resolved after 28 days have passed with no new illness reported. CDPHE’s report of outbreaks at facilities statewide is updated weekly on Wednesdays at covid19.colorado.gov/data.
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. An 83-year-old female and a 71-year-old male who previously were reported positive for COVID-19, died. These reported deaths bring the total in Pueblo County to 36.
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced 52 new positive COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County since Friday, September 4. The positives cases are a 7-year-old female, 7-year-old female, 7-year-old female, 8-year-old female, 8-year-old female, 12-year-old female, 14-year-old female, 19-year-old female, 21-year-old female, 25-year-old female, 35-year-old female, 36-year-old female, 36-year-old, 38-year-old female, 39-year-old female, 39-year-old female, 39-year-old female, 41-year-old female, 42-year-old female, 47-year-old female, 48-year-old female, 50-year-old female, 50-year-old female, 55-year-old female, 60-year-old female, 66-year-old female, 77-year-old female, 80-year-old female, 83-year-old female, 95-year-old female, 6-year-old male, 18-year-old male, 21-year-old male, 27-year-old male, 27-year-old male, 37-year-old male, 37-year-old male, 38-year-old male, 45-year-old male, 47-year-old male, 47-year-old male, 50-year-old male, 50-year-old male, 51-year-old male, 56-year-old male, 61-year-old male, 71-year-old male, 72-year-old male, 73-year-old male, 74-year-old male, 77-year-old male, and a 19-year-old gender unknown. Pueblo County has a total of 962 confirmed positive and probable* cases among Pueblo County residents. The total number of people testing, 18,453 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 Case in Pueblo by Age Group
Confirmed and Probable Cases in Pueblo by Sex
Pueblo County’s COVID-19 Death 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’re 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:
All public and media inquiries in Pueblo are answered through the local hotline at Pueblo’s Joint Information Center. Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline is providing resources and answering questions 9AM – 4PM, Monday – Friday (closed for government holidays) 719-583-4444.