Welcome to the SLV Emergency Website

This website is maintained by the SLV Emergency Operations Center Committee to support emergency preparedness and response in the six counties of the San Luis Valley. When we are supporting an emergency or disaster situation, we will post updates on this page.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

August 3, 2020 Daily Update (Español)

The SLV currently has 8 known active cases.

  • Alamosa: 5
  • Conejos: 0
  • Costilla: 0
  • Mineral: 0
  • Rio Grande: 3
  • Saguache: 0

See more data, here: slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19

To pursue testing for COVID-19, or for medical questions, call:

  • Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990
  • SLVHealth Respiratory Clinic 719-589-2511 ext. 9 
  • Valley-Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext. 9 (M-F), 719-589-2562 (Sa/Su)

For general (non-medical) SLV COVID-19 related questions: slvepr@alamosacounty.org, 719-480-8719 

By slveadmin on 08/03/2020 08:08 PM

July 31, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update (Español)

The SLV currently has 12 known active cases.

  • Alamosa: 7
  • Conejos: 0
  • Costilla: 0
  • Mineral: 0
  • Rio Grande: 5
  • Saguache: 0

See more data, here: slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19

Friday FAQ: 

Q. What do “active” cases mean?

A. Active cases are individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are still completing isolation requirements. They are being actively supported by Public Health.

Q. What is the status of outbreaks in the San Luis Valley? 

A. Almost all of the outbreaks in the SLV have been resolved. New cases are not outbreak related, but rather a reflection of community spread. 

Q. When do I need to wear a mask?

According to Executive Order D 2020 138, individuals who are 11 years of age or up need to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space, or while using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.

People who do not have to wear a mask include those who are 10 years old and younger and people who cannot medically tolerate a face covering (see next question).

See more: https://covid19.colorado.gov/mask-guidance

Q. What if I can’t wear a mask, but I need to go out in public?

If you cannot wear a mask due to a specific disability or condition that prevents you from functioning while wearing one, try wearing a scarf, loose face covering, or full face shield. If that is not possible, you should follow other public health recommendations to prevent contracting COVID-19 and find out what accommodations the public facility you wish to visit has in place before going. These may include:

  • Special opening times when fewer people will be present and social distancing is possible. 
  • Ordering online or by phone with curbside pick-up or no contact delivery
  • Waiting in a car for an appointment and entering the building when called or texted
  • Offering appointments by telephone or video calls.

For more about the ADA and mask policies, see this website: http://www.adasoutheast.org/ada/publications/legal/ada-and-face-mask-policies.php

Q. I’m worried about my child getting COVID if I send them back to in-person learning. How do I make this decision? 

The CDC has issued a helpful tool for parents and caregivers of children to help decide what is best for their family and situation. See the tool here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/decision-tool.html?deliveryName=USCDC_964-DM33876

Q: I want to get a medical condition checked out, but I’m afraid to leave my house. What should I do?

Healthcare providers are taking careful precautions to protect patients who need in-person care. Many providers also offer virtual visits, also called “telehealth.” Call your medical provider to find out if they offer this service.

To pursue testing for COVID-19, or for medical questions, call:

  • Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990
  • SLVHealth Respiratory Clinic 719-589-2511 ext. 9 
  • Valley-Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext. 9 (M-F), 719-589-2562 (Sa/Su)

For general (non-medical) SLV COVID-19 related questions: slvepr@alamosacounty.org, 719-480-8719 

By slveadmin on 07/31/2020 09:07 PM

July 30, 2020 Daily COVID-19 Update

The San Luis Valley is in the process of adopting a region-wide approach to assessing and monitoring our COVID-19 risk and our capacity to handle a potential increase in illness. It is coordinated with State measurements which indicate how we move between phases, whether moving forward with loosening restrictions or taking a step back if needed. 

One of the measurements being used is the positivity rate. This shows if the region is doing enough testing to properly track the pandemic. Currently, our positivity rate is 6.1%. Ideally, we should be under 5%.  This means there are individuals in the community who are symptomatic, but not getting tested. The best way to improve this is if more people who have symptoms pursue getting a COVID-19 test. Getting tested if you’re sick is a great way to help our community understand more about the pandemic and make better-informed decisions.

To get tested, call:

  • Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990
  • SLVHealth Respiratory Clinic 719-589-2511 ext. 9 
  • Valley-Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext. 9 (M-F), 719-589-2562 (Sa/Su)

Today, Alamosa County Public Health Department received notification of an additional COVID-19 related fatality, a resident of the County who passed away in the hospital. This brings the total number of fatalities for Alamosa County to 9; Thirteen for the Region.

The SLV currently has 15 known active cases.

  • Alamosa: 8
  • Conejos: 0
  • Costilla: 1
  • Mineral: 1
  • Rio Grande: 5
  • Saguache: 0

Our SLVEmergency COVID-19 page, slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19, will now feature a summary of numbers for the SLV Region, as well as a count of the active cases per county, updated weekdays. It is currently under construction as we make this change. Thank you for your patience.

For general (non-medical) SLV COVID-19 related questions: slvepr@alamosacounty.org, 719-480-8719 

By slveadmin on 07/30/2020 10:07 PM

July 29, 2020 Daily Update (Español)

Alamosa County received notice of a COVID-related death today, bringing the total number of fatalities for Alamosa County to 8. 

The SLV currently has 18 known active cases.

  • Alamosa: 10
  • Conejos: 0
  • Costilla: 1
  • Mineral: 1
  • Rio Grande: 4
  • Saguache: 2

More data can be found on the State website here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-data.

Correction: On Monday we erroneously reported new cases received over the weekend. There were no new cases over the weekend in Alamosa, Mineral, and Saguache Counties.  

For testing of symptomatic individuals only, call:

  • Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990
  • SLVHealth Respiratory Clinic 719-589-2511 ext. 9 

For symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals who have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual, call Valley-Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext. 9 (M-F), 719-589-2562 (Sa/Su)

For general (non-medical) SLV COVID-19 related questions: slvepr@alamosacounty.org, 719-480-8719 

By slveadmin on 07/29/2020 09:07 PM

July 28, 2020 Daily Update (Español)

Public Health is making a change in how COVID-19 numbers are being reported through SLV Emergency to align with the state reporting system this week. This will enhance our ability to account for SLV community testing results, regardless of where test samples are taken. It also allows more time for internal corrections, so when the numbers are reported, they are more accurate. Yesterday’s update contained some data errors that we intend to avoid in the future by making this change. Local Public Health Agencies will continue to monitor local developments internally to ensure accuracy and guide local public health follow up and response. Day-to-day changes as well as county-by-county data can be viewed at the State website here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-data. Note that since there is a lag time, it will take a few days for the numbers on the State website to catch up with numbers we have reported recently.

Currently, the SLV has 26 active cases. See the chart below for an updated visual representation of positive test results over the course of COVID response in the SLV.

For testing of symptomatic individuals only, call:

  • Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990
  • SLVHealth Respiratory Clinic 719-589-2511 ext. 9 

For symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals who have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual, call Valley-Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext. 9 (M-F), 719-589-2562 (Sa/Su)

For general (non-medical) SLV COVID-19 related questions: slvepr@alamosacounty.org, 719-480-8719 

By slveadmin on 07/28/2020 11:07 PM