Public Health Update: January 21, 2021

SAN LUIS VALLEY -  Colorado is still focused on COVID-19 vaccinations for those age 70 and above, high- and moderate- risk healthcare workers and first responders. It is estimated that we will be able to expand to other groups around March 1st, contingent on vaccine availability and State and Federal guidelines. 


While you are waiting your turn, it is a good time to get reliable information to help you make vaccination decisions for yourself and your family. If you have vaccination questions, you may find the information you need at


Some have recently asked about vaccines for immunocompromised individuals. They may still receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they have no contraindications. However, they should talk with their doctor about vaccine safety profile and effectiveness in immunocompromised populations, as well as the potential for reduced immune responses and the need to continue to follow all current guidance to protect themselves against COVID-19 infection. People living with HIV, cancer, other immunocompromising conditions, or who take immunosuppressive medications or therapies might be at increased risk for severe COVID-19. There is currently not enough data to establish vaccine safety and efficacy in these groups. People with stable HIV infection were included in phase 2/3 clinical trials, though data specific to this group are not yet available. Because the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines, they do not contain live virus and cannot give you COVID-19.


There are currently 168 known active cases of COVID-19 in the San Luis Valley. 

Alamosa County - 100

Conejos County - 14

Costilla County - 3

Mineral County - 4

Rio Grande County - 45

Saguache County - 2


More information about our active case counts, dial status, capacity restrictions at each level, as well as other San Luis Valley COVID information, can be found on the SLV Public Health Partnership website at



To pursue testing for COVID-19 through our regular testing providers call: 

  • Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990

  • SLVHealth Respiratory Clinic 719-589-3000 ext. 9 

  • Valley-Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext. 4 (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 or call 719-587-5673.