San Luis Valley -
In the past twenty-four hours, new positive COVID-19 test results were received in Alamosa for a resident in Alamosa County in their 80’s and a Costilla County resident in their 20’s. Added to the two cases confirmed in Rio Grande County earlier this week, that brings the total to four for the San Luis Valley. We expect that we will see more, as more of our pending tests are processed. These new results reinforce the importance of staying home to slow down the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
On Wednesday, Governor Polis issued a stay-at-home order for Colorado. Today, many in our community are trying to figure out exactly what that means, and how to comply with this temporary law. In a nutshell, the order is for everyone to stay at home, unless you are engaged in a critical business or an essential activity. Large group gatherings, which had already been prohibited by recent local public health orders in most counties, are not in alignment with the new temporary State law.
More details about the Governor’s order, including a useful “Frequently Asked Questions” document that spells out which activities and businesses are exempt, can be found at https://covid19.colorado.gov/. The same website includes a daily update of COVID-19 cases in Colorado. It should be noted that there may be a lag time of several days between when someone is tested, and when their results are reported. General questions about COVID-19 in the San Luis Valley can be directed to 719-480-8719.
Under the governor’s order, you may still travel in your car to do essential business like getting your prescriptions filled, getting groceries, or going to work if your work is exempt under the order. It is still okay to go outside and enjoy your yard or go for a walk as long as you maintain distance from others. Grandparents, use your phone to chat with your grandchildren, rather than having your grandchildren come over to visit. Continue to wash your hands frequently.
The San Luis Valley received and distributed some essential personal protective equipment this week to health care providers and first responders through the San Luis Valley Healthcare Coalition. Another shipment is anticipated to be distributed again soon. The supplies, which came through the public health Strategic National Stockpile, were distributed in coordination with San Luis Valley Healthcare Coalition. They are helpful, but they are limited, and they are not anticipated to be enough to fill demand as this pandemic progresses.
As a reminder, please avoid flushing anything except toilet paper. If you are using an alternative to toilet paper such as baby wipes, “flushable” wipes, paper towels, or other alternative, safely dispose of them in the trash bag instead of the toilet. Remember safe trash disposal and tie the trash bag closed to reduce the risk of others being exposed to the waste.
SLV COVID-19 general questions: 719-480-8719, 9am-3pm
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
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