Covid Update: New Pueblo County Cases Include a Male and Female in Their 20s

April 14, 2020 – Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced Tuesday after that there are two new positive COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County. The new cases are 29-year-old female and a 29-year-old male.

Pueblo County now has a total of 66 confirmed positive cases among Pueblo County residents.

Nine additional positive cases are from individuals residing in other counties (one from Alamosa, one from Crowley County, one from Huerfano County, one from Douglas County, two from Fremont County, one from Rio Grande, one from Prowers and one from Custer County). There have been 552 tests administered in Pueblo County. There have been 467 negative results with 7 tests results still pending, and three tests unable to be read and determined unsatisfactory. To date, four Pueblo County residents have passed away.

Note, negative test results reflect only those reported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and do not include those negatives results from tests administered through private labs).

Pueblo County’s 64 COVID-19 Confirmed Cases
Cases in Pueblo by Age Group
Age Cases
Group
0-9 0
10-19 1
20-29 9
30-39 7
40-49 10
50-59 12
60-69 10
70-79 8
80+ 9

Cases in Pueblo by Sex
Female 38
Male 28

Other information from the Department of Health:
District 70 Suspends Emergency School Lunch Program until April 27 – Pueblo District 70 has suspended its emergency school lunch program until April 27 due to possible COVID-19 exposure to a food service worker. The district announced today that worker tested negative for the virus. District 70 is reminding the community there are other options for food resources in Pueblo County during the upcoming two weeks. The link is bit.ly/pueblofoodresourcedoc. For the latest updates, visit the District 70 website at www.district70.org.

Childcare Assistance for Essential Workers – The Pueblo YMCA, in partnership with Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative, is offering free full-day child care for children of parents who are first responders, medical personnel or other essential employees. Registration must be completed through the Colorado Child Care Collaborative at covidchildcarecolorado.com/ . To find all child care opportunities in Colorado at covidchildcarecolorado.com/parent-survey-home/

State Releases Initial Race and Ethnicity Data for COVID-19 Cases – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released all available race and ethnicity data on reported cases of COVID-19 in the state. The data represents 75% of all reported COVID-19 cases. Cases with an unknown race or ethnicity are excluded from these calculations. Here are the cases collected and analyzed by race/ethnicity by number.

Here are the cases collected and analyzed by race/ethnicity by number:*

· Total: 5,188 cases with race and ethnicity data
· American Indian or Alaskan Natives (non-Hispanic): 24 cases, 0.46%
· Asian (non-Hispanic): 116 cases, 2.24% (statistically lower)
· Black or African American (non-Hispanic): 363 cases, 7.00% (statistically higher)
· Hispanic: 1,458 cases, 28.10% (statistically higher)
· Multiple racial categories (non-Hispanic): 96 cases, 1.85% (statistically lower)
· Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic): 29 cases, 0.56% (statistically higher)
· Other: 38 cases, 0.73% (no test performed as population data do not include ‘other’)
· White (non-Hispanic): 3,064 cases, 59.06% (statistically lower)
Here are the deaths among cases collected and analyzed by race/ethnicity by number:
· Total: 249 deaths among cases with race and ethnicity data
· American Indian or Alaskan Natives (non-Hispanic): 2 deaths, 0.80%
· Asian (non-Hispanic): 7 deaths, 2.81%
· Black or African American (non-Hispanic): 17 deaths, 6.83%
· Hispanic: 44 deaths, 17.67%
· Multiple racial categories (non-Hispanic): 3 deaths, 1.20%
· Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic): 4 deaths, 1.61%
· Other: 0 deaths (no test performed as population data do not include ‘other’)
· White (non-Hispanic): 172 deaths, 69.08%
*Unless otherwise indicated, the percentage listed is not statistically different from the general population distribution.

Applications Accepted for United Way’s Emergency Response & Recovery Funds – The United Way is accepting applications from non-profit organizations addressing immediate and long-term needs in response to Covid-19 for its Emergency Response & Recovery funds. Agencies eligible to apply for the funds must provide direct response, recovery or rebuilding to those affected by Covid-19 and be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. The maximum request is $10,000 and all organizations must complete a short grant application to be eligible for the funds. Immediate response applications are due April 25. Mid- to long-term grant applications are due May 16. To apply for the grant, go to pueblounitedway.org. The majority of the funds are designated for non-profit organizations serving Pueblo County, however limited funds are also available for non-profit organizations in Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Mineral, Otero, Prowers, Rio Grande and Saguache counties.

Help Protect Pueblo from COVID-19 – Everybody has a responsibility to protect the Pueblo community and our most vulnerable in Pueblo by:
· Follow Governor’s Stay At Home order to stay at home through April 26, 2020.
· Minimize social activities and being physically close to other people.
· Isolate yourself if you feel symptoms of shortness of breath, cough, temperature of 100.4 or higher call your medical provider before visiting them.
· Do not go to the emergency room unless medically necessary.
· Wash your hands with soap regularly.
· Cough or sneeze into elbow or tissue.
· Stay home when you’re sick.
· Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
· Avoid close contact with sick people.
· Clean surfaces frequently touched.

Sources of information on COVID-19:

· www.puebloemergency.info
· Pueblo’s COVID-19 Hotline 719-583-4444

All public inquiries in Pueblo are answered through the local hotline at Pueblo’s Joint Information Center. Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline is answering questions 8AM – 5PM, Monday – Friday 719-583-4444.

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