May 21, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

Pueblo, CO – In observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25, the Pueblo County Emergency Operations Center and the Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline will be closed.  Additionally, the daily update media briefing, which includes updated data on Pueblo County COVID-19 cases, will not be distributed on Monday.

However, the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment staff will continue to do contact tracing and investigations pertaining to COVID-19 positive cases throughout the weekend.

The COVID-19 hotline will re-open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. The updated COVID-19 case numbers from the three-day weekend will be released in the 4 p.m. daily briefing on May 26.

Governor Jared Polis’ decision on the next steps for restaurants, spring skiing, and summer camps initially scheduled for Monday, will be announced to the public on Tuesday, May 26. On June 1, Polis is expected to announce the next steps for Safer at Home.

 

The public is also reminded the final week of the community drive-thru testing at the Colorado State Fairgrounds begins on Tuesday. The testing site, which opened on April 22, will operate for only four more days, May 26, 27, 28, 29. The testing site is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Testing is free and limited to the first 250 people per day. Tests are available to anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to include fever (100.4 or higher), shortness of breath, cough, headache, chills, body aches, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. Additionally, the following individuals who are asymptomatic can be tested:

  • Health care workers and first responders
  • Anyone over the age of 65
  • Anyone who has had contact with a person testing positive for COVID-19
  • African American, Latino, and American Indian Tribes
  • A resident of a long-term care facility and anyone experiencing homelessness

The tests are self-administered and all those being tested must be able to conduct the test themselves. Anyone being tested must be in an enclosed vehicle. No bicycles, motorcycles, or walk-ups are allowed.

 

Everybody has a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in Pueblo by:

  • Follow the Governor’s Safer at Home order
  • Wear a non-medical cloth face covering while out in public for necessary activities
  • Minimize social activities and being physically close to other people
  • Isolate yourself if you feel symptoms of shortness of breath, cough, temperature of 100.4 or higher, chills, headache, sore throat and new loss of smell or taste, call your medical provider before visiting them.
  • Do not go to the emergency room unless medically necessary. Contact your health care provider
  • 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 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 County’s Joint Information Center. Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline is providing resources and answering questions 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday (closed during observed government holidays) at (719) 583-4444.

At times the Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline may experience a high volume of calls, please be patient and remain on the line and the next available call taker will be with you.

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