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Public Health Update: September 2, 2021
Public Health Update: September 2, 2021
Costilla County Public Health
Thursday, September 02, 2021

Poison Control calls regarding human exposure to ivermectin have tripled in 2021, driven largely by misinformation on social media. Currently, ivermectin has not been proven as a way to prevent or treat COVID-19, and it has not been approved by the FDA for this purpose. Do not swallow products containing ivermectin that should be used on skin (e.g., lotions and creams) or are not meant for human use, such as veterinary products.

 

There are currently 114 known active cases of COVID-19 in the San Luis Valley.

  • Alamosa County - 52

  • Conejos County - 11

  • Costilla County - 9

  • Mineral County - 2

  • Rio Grande County - 34

  • Saguache County - 7

 

In the San Luis Valley, our one-week COVID-19 positivity rate is currently 8%, roughly double what it was a week ago. Positivity rate shows the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive for COVID-19. Our goal is to keep the rate well below 5%. A rising positivity rate means it is likely that many cases are not being identified. When cases are not identified, it makes it more difficult to contain the spread of the virus. One thing community members can do to help bring down our positivity rate is to be tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, which may feel like a cold, flu, or allergies. 

 

Free COVID-19 testing is available to the public through mobile clinics on the dates and locations listed below. Register when you arrive, or register online in advance at www.affinityecarecolorado.com

  • Mondays, 11am-2pm at Monte Vista Safeway Store, 1200 2nd Ave, Monte Vista

  • Tuesdays, 10am-2pm at Rio Grande County Social Services, 1015 6th St in Del Norte

  • Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm at the Community Center in Saguache

  • Thursdays, 10am-2pm at La Jara Town Hall, 210 Broadway St in La Jara

To be screened for testing for COVID-19 through local 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)

 

To find local vaccine providers, please see www.slvphp.com/vaccination or call 719-480-8719. Most local providers offer confidential appointments, and some may accommodate walk-ins. 

 

Walmart gift card Incentives are being offered while supplies last at the upcoming CDPHE-sponsored vaccine clinics listed below, which offer Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. You can register in advance at www.cocomebackcash.com. Walk-ups will also be accommodated. 

  • La Jara Family Dollar Parking Lot, Wednesday September 1st, 11am-7pm 

  • Hooper Junction Store Parking Lot in Hooper, Thursday, September 2nd, 9am-noon

  • Boyd Park Parking Lot in Alamosa, Thursday, September 2nd, 2pm-7pm

  • Centauri High School, Friday, September 3rd, Noon-2pm

  • Antonito - Parking Lot at 310 Main St, Friday, September 3rd, 10am-6pm

More mobile vaccine clinics will be held at: 

  • Antonito Town Hall, Saturday September 4, 9am-5pm

  • Centennial School in San Luis, Wednesday September 8, 9am-noon