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COVID-19 has reached a very high level in our region. There are currently 149 known active cases of COVID-19 in the San Luis Valley. Individual responsibility is the key to turning this around.
If you know you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, DO NOT WAIT to be contacted; self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of your last exposure. “Contact” means that you have been within 6 feet of the person who is infectious for more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period. Quarantine means that you must stay at home and away from others, except to receive medical care. If you have questions, contact your local public health agency.
Social gatherings are one of the most common ways that the virus is spreading in the San Luis Valley at this time. Public Health is also finding that some members of the community have unintentionally exposed others due to misunderstandings about the need for quarantine. If one member of a household has COVID-19, their household members must self-quarantine.
There has been an increase in demand for testing. If you have symptoms, please contact one of the phone lines at the bottom of this article to be screened for testing. Please be patient, as call volumes are high. If you are given the option, leave a message. This will help those who are doing the screening to serve you better.
After your test, while you are waiting for your results, please self-isolate. This is especially important right now, because high demand may cause test results to take longer than we would like, and you may be infectious to others while you are waiting.
Next week we will launch a new SLV webpage to help local residents have a clearer picture of where we stand in relation to the State Dial. Some residents have already begun watching the Dial on Colorado’s COVID webpage. The dial defines risk and restriction levels on a scale from green (lowest risk), then blue, yellow, orange, and red (highest risk). Currently, Mineral County is in blue. The rest of our SLV counties are in yellow. However, Alamosa and Conejos Counties are in mitigation status, which means that if we are not able to reduce COVID in these counties very soon, they may be moved to orange, which would mean tighter restrictions and lower business capacities. More information about what is allowed at each level can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wpq8MrsvtY0_jW07mWCLmVXtv4P_wFR2/view .
CDPHE has updated the guidance for when children and staff should stay at home from school or child care, in their How Sick Is Too Sick guide. It is important to remember that in addition to their own illness, children and staff may need to stay home if they are quarantined due to exposure to a family member or someone else with COVID.
Colorado has launched a new phone app to help notify people who have been exposed to someone with COVID. Data is not collected by any government agency with this app. It works by phone-to-phone exchange of tokens via bluetooth, and is designed to be completely anonymous. Use of the phone app is completely voluntary. It is not a replacement for contact tracing. Rather, it is one more tool that people can use to keep themselves and others well-informed so that they can take appropriate action to prevent further spread of COVID-19. You can get more information and sign up for the app at https://www.addyourphone.com/.
The SLV currently has 149 known active COVID-19 cases.
The San Luis Valley’s cumulative total of COVID-19 cases as of November 2, 2020 is 784. Our region has had 133 newly reported cases in the past 2 weeks. We continue to have local people hospitalized with COVID. There were 15 local COVID-19 related hospitalizations in the month of October. This does not include patients who were transported out of the region for hospital care.
Thank you to those in our community who have given so much care and respect to one another during this difficult year. Public Health is working long and hard to keep up with the necessary case investigations and contact tracing for the identified cases. We need everyone to do their part to turn this around so that individuals, families, our businesses, and our communities can get through this and thrive. That will happen best if we can pull together and do the things that we each can do.
We know you’re tired of hearing it. We’re tired of saying it, too. But until it is no longer necessary, we will keep up the reminders: Avoid gatherings, wear a mask, watch your distance, wash your hands. Stay home when you can, especially if you are vulnerable. If you have been around someone who has COVID, do the right thing and quarantine for 14 days after your exposure, even if you don’t feel sick. Some people who have the virus don’t show symptoms, but they can still pass it to others.
The SLV currently has 131 known active COVID-19 cases.
As we head into the holiday season, we recognize the importance of family and friends. We need one another. Our recent concerning influx of new COVID-19 cases has brought home the importance of our social connections. A typical scenario involves one family member coming down with the virus, and passing it along to one or more family members before they know they have the illness. It is often impossible to tell where the first case originated — it could be at work, at school, at a social event — anywhere the person has been in contact with others.
Our activities this fall and winter may require some creativity to honor and care for one another in ways that protect those who are vulnerable, not only in our own families, but in the larger community as well. When weather allows, gather outdoors and keep gatherings small. On Friday, the Governor ordered private and public gatherings to a maximum of 10 people, made up of no more than two households, for all counties in Safer at Home Levels of the Dial.
Those of us who are at lower risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19 are the most likely to be exposed to it and bring it home to loved ones. In the San Luis Valley, young adults ages 20-29 have had more cases than any other age group, closely followed by those in their 30s and 40s. However, all of the deaths in our region have been in people age 50 and older. It is not enough to just be careful when you visit your grandparents. Your actions the rest of the time also play into how likely you are to unintentionally carry a virus to someone you love.
The San Luis Valley’s cumulative total of COVID-19 cases as of October 26, 2020 is 679. We have had 84 total new cases in the past 2 weeks.
The SLV currently has 75 known active COVID-19 cases.