A new public health order is expected from the Governor’s office tomorrow that will shift more of the decisions regarding COVID-19 response and prevention from the state to the local level. Statewide mandatory use of the COVID-19 Dial is expected to end, although it can still be used as guidance.
One thing that will not change is the current statewide mask order that was modified on April 3rd and extended for at least another 30 days. In counties with one-week COVID-19 incidence rates in excess of 35/100,000 (currently Alamosa, Conejos, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties), masks must also be worn in public indoor settings where 10 or more unvaccinated individuals or individuals of unknown vaccination status are present. This should be considered a minimum standard.
Public health authorities strongly encourage continued use of masks and other precautions until a higher percentage of our population is fully vaccinated. One thing to note, however, is that private business owners have the right to require masks no matter what. Please be respectful when frequenting places of business regarding their requirements.
In all counties, masks are still required in schools (including extracurricular activities), childcare centers, indoor childrens’ camps, public-facing government facilities, healthcare settings, personal care services such as hair salons, body art, nail salons, etc., congregate care facilities, prisons, and jails.
There are currently 89 known active cases of COVID-19 in the San Luis Valley. Incidence rates are also noted below for the counties in excess of 35/100,000.
Alamosa County - 38 cases, 1-week incidence rate 185/100,000
Conejos County - 17 cases, 1-week incidence rate 98/100,000
Costilla County - 0 cases
Mineral County - 0 cases
Rio Grande County - 23 cases, and 1-week incidence rate 63/100,000
Saguache County - 11 cases, and 1-week incidence rate 132/100,000
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested through our regular testing providers:
Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990
SLV Health Respiratory Clinic 719-589-3000 ext. 9
To sign up to receive a vaccine, contact one of the local providers below. Online signup links for these providers can be found at www.slvphp.com.
Valley-Wide Health Systems (719) 587-9610
Rio Grande Hospital (719) 657-2418
SLV Health (719) 587-1355
Alamosa County Public Health (719) 589-6639
Conejos County Public Health (719) 274-4307
Costilla County Public Health (719) 672-3332
Silver Thread Public Health (719) 658-2416
Rio Grande County Public Health (719) 657-3352
City Market Pharmacy - www.citymarket.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated
Safeway Pharmacy - www.mhealthappointments.com/covidappt
Walgreens Pharmacy - www.walgreens.com
Walmart Pharmacy - www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine