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 

July 31, 2020

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