BLOG: Public Health Update for October 8, 2020

The SLV currently has 39 known active COVID-19 cases.

The San Luis Valley is experiencing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases. One week ago, we had 15 known active cases in our region, and today we are at 39. The high number of contacts represents potential for much higher spread of COVID-19 illness in the coming weeks. Public health agencies strongly encourage everyone to maintain social distancing, avoid large gatherings, wash your hands, and wear a mask when you are in public spaces where social distancing may be difficult, especially indoors. 

As we move into the cooler months, other infectious illnesses such as influenza also tend to rise. That, combined with increasing COVID-19, presents an additional concern regarding stress on our healthcare system.  “In some ways this first week of October has been similar to our first week in May. We may see a continued upward trend. Our previous record high was in the fourth week of May, when we had over a hundred new cases.” says Regional Epidemiologist Lilian Coll. 

There have been many discussions among public health agencies, local governments, and healthcare partners recently as we have prepared to apply to certify for moving into  Protect Our Neighbors status, which would allow gradual expansion of business and other capacities. We continue to prepare for that in order to be ready to submit an application after our COVID-related numbers have dropped back to the appropriate low levels. 

We encourage everyone to get your flu vaccination. Flu vaccination is recommended for all people who are six months of age and older. Talk to your primary care provider or visit your local pharmacy today to see if influenza vaccination is right for you. 

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:, 719-480-8719 

October 8, 2020

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