October 26, 2020 Public Health Update (Español)

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.

Alamosa County- 44

Conejos County – 14

Costilla County – 1

Mineral County – 0

Rio Grande County – 9

Saguache County – 7

Numbers are updated weekdays at 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 719-589-3000 ext. 9 
  • Valley-Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext. 9 (M-F), 719-589-2562 (Sa/Su)

The Colorado Spirit Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) offers community-based crisis counseling, help with disaster coping strategies, education, and more. Get information at https://www.slvbhg.org/services-and-programs/coloradospirit/ or call 719-587-5673. 

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

October 26, 2020

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