Guidance for People with Symptoms

Anyone with symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems should call their healthcare provider for guidance and separate themselves from others. They should NOT go to the emergency room in order to ensure the hospital resources are available for those with the most critical needs.

Residents can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 719-583-4444 to get more information and ask questions about COVID-19. 


Guidance for Exposure

Isolation or Quarantine


Reducing the Spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 can be especially dangerous for those at higher risk including people:

  • 60 years old and older
  • With underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • Who have weakened immune systems
  • Who are pregnant


Take Steps to Protect Those at High Risk

  • Anyone feeling ill should stay away from those at higher risk.
  • Those at higher risk should stay home and away from large groups as much as possible, including large gatherings where there may be close contact with others.
  • Try to avoid bringing large groups of people together and/or consider postponing events and gatherings.
  • Avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities, or nursing homes to the extent possible. Limit time there and keep at least six feet away from patients.


Practice Good Hygiene

  • Start practicing not touching your face now. This can greatly reduce the frequency of potential spread. (You can even try a buddy system, where you and a friend remind each other when someone scratches their eyelid or rubs their nose.)
  • Replace handshakes with elbow-bumps.
  • Start building healthy habits like pushing elevator buttons with a knuckle instead of a fingertip.
  • Avoid sharing e-cigarettes, drinks, etc.
  • Increase regular cleaning of frequently-touched items (e.g. doorknobs, faucet handles, etc.)


Testing Criteria

Currently, the following individuals can be tested for COVID-19 at Pueblo’s COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing: 

  • Any individual who is symptomatic 
  • Anyone over the age of 65 (symptomatic or asymptomatic) 
  • African American, Latino, American Indian Tribes (symptomatic or asymptomatic) 
  • Anyone who had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 
  • Health care workers and first responders (symptomatic or asymptomatic) 
  • Attended a large gathering or protest

* Please note this guidance varies slightly from CDC. As we have capacity, Colorado will continue to consider testing for individuals who are not hospitalized in order to identify patients who have traveled to affected areas who have less severe disease. Fever can be subjective or confirmed.


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