April 6, 2020 Update 

San Luis Valley – New information is constantly being learned about how COVID-19 spreads, which is why on Friday Governor Polis recommended the use of a non-medical cloth mask when you leave home for an essential activity. Research has shown that a DIY (Do it Yourself)  mask can help block the spread of COVID-19 by preventing people who are asymptomatically infected from spreading the disease unknowingly. There are many ways in which you can create a mask to wear from using a bandana to sewing a mask using one of the many DIY patterns available. If you would like more about the research or how to make your own mask, you can visit www.coloradomaskproject.com for more information. The DIY mask can help slow the spread of COVID-19, they do not provide 100% safety from transmission. It is important to wash your hands, follow the stay-at-home orders and adhere to the social distancing guidelines. 

During the stay-at-home order, you should be limiting trips out of the house to no more than once per week to reduce your contact with those who don’t live in the same household. To help reduce the number of trips, meal plan ahead of time for a week or two, making a shopping list for those planned meals and do your grocery shopping weekly or bi-weekly. You can plan your other essential stops on this same day to pick up your prescription or make a deposit at the bank. Don’t forget to wear your cloth face mask when you are doing these essential activities. 

As of today, April 6th, there are no new positive cases reported in the San Luis Valley, leaving the current number at 17 for our 6 county area. While the case numbers haven’t changed over the past few days, it is important that we do not become complacent and ignore the guidelines that have been implemented over the past few weeks. It is important to continue following the stay-at-home order, wearing cloth face masks and practicing social distancing. 

We’d like to ask for help from the community getting a better picture of how the virus has and is currently spreading in our community. Visit www.slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19 and complete the survey if any of the following apply:

  • You have felt ill since March 1st
  • You are currently experiencing symptoms 
  • Your symptoms have improved or resolved
    • Please repeat the survey if you’ve previously completed it and are now feeling better. 

Thank you for taking the time to complete this anonymous survey. 

The San Luis Valley Regional Solid Waste Authority (SLV Landfill) would like to remind everyone that the landfill is open and operational at this time. The landfill is operating under new procedures that encourage social distancing to keep its employees and the public safe through the COVID-19 pandemic. When disposing of waste, please ensure that trash is properly bagged and sealed for the safety of the employees.  For detailed information on the current hours of operation, procedures and operation conditions you can call 719-852-3810 or visit their website www.slvlandfill.com

If you are experiencing a crisis, please call 719-589-3671 or call the crisis hotline 1 (844) 493-TALK (8255). For after business hours assistance, please call 911 or the crisis hotline 1 (844) 493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to receive mental health crisis support.

SLV COVID general questions 719-480-8719 for English, or 719-315-5019 for Spanish. You may also email your questions to slvepr@alamosacounty.org

CO HELP line 1-877-462-2911 (English and Spanish) for Colorado general information.

Colorado updates and guidance: https://covid19.colorado.gov 

CDC updates and guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Small Business – www.choosecolorado.com

Volunteer or Donate – www.helpcoloradonow.org 

April 6 Update

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