May 21, 2020 Daily Update

Three new cases have been identified through testing and contact tracing today for the SLV. Seventy cases are currently “active” meaning they are symptomatic and have been advised to isolate. Fourty-three total cases have completed isolation. Three SLV residents with COVID-19 have passed away. Numbers are updated weekdays at slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19/.

Public Health and healthcare partners continue to address the outbreak situation primarily concentrated in Center, CO. Friday, May 22nd, Valley Wide Health Systems will conduct testing for individuals in the community. Test slots for this round are full, but more testing will be announced next week. Today local Public Health, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Valley Wide and other partners met to coordinate follow-up that occurs after testing. They also discussed how to best conduct a comprehensive educational outreach program to the affected populations. SLV partners have been key to both of these efforts so far, but we anticipate needing even more assistance in the weeks ahead.

With the Memorial Weekend approaching, many are modifying their usual holiday plans in order to stay safe during this pandemic. Unless there is a variance in the county detailing otherwise, restaurants must still remain closed to sit down dining under Safer at Home. For now, carry-out is an option that will allow us to support local restaurants. On Tuesday, May 26th, the Governor is expected to make an announcement regarding restaurants, as well as Spring-season skiing on ski resorts, and summer residential and day camps. 

A reminder to those who have tested negative: A negative test on one day does not guarantee that a person will not develop the illness or spread it at a later date. Because community spread is still occurring in the Valley, we encourage all individuals to continue to be cautious and follow Public Health guidance until notified otherwise.

Recently, there has been some concern about a COVID-19 related illness in children called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CDPHE alerted health care providers to be on the lookout for this illness and to report any suspected cases to state public health. According to Dr. Sam Dominguez, pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Children’s Hospital, “It’s important to emphasize that this emerging inflammatory syndrome is very rare, and that it is safe to take your child to their doctor or to the hospital, if needed.” 

Individuals with COVID symptoms are encouraged to call one of the nurse-lines below to start the screening process.

• Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990

• SLV Health Nurse Line 719-589-2511 ext. 9

• Valley Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext. 9

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 719-589-3671, or the crisis hotline 1 (844) 493-TALK (8255). After business hours, please call 911 or the crisis hotline 1 (844) 493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255. You can also find resources at www.colorado.gov/ruralmentalhealth

SLV COVID general questions 719-480-8719. You may also email your questions to slvepr@alamosacounty.org.

May 21, 2020

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