April 17, 2020 – Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced a sixth death of a Pueblo County resident related to COVID-19. An 86-year-old male who had previously been reported as a positive case in Pueblo County, has passed away from the virus.
Pueblo County now has a total of 84 confirmed Covid-19 positive cases among Pueblo County residents, public health officials said. Six new positive COVID-19 cases were also confirmed to create the new total. The new cases are 27-year-old female, 29-year-old female, 40-year-old female, 43-year-old female, 46-year-old female and 95-year-old female.
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 640 tests administered in Pueblo County. There have been 528 negative results with 16 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 84 COVID-19 Confirmed Cases
Cases in Pueblo by Age Group
Cases in Pueblo by Sex
Pueblo County’s 5 COVID-19 Deaths
Death in Pueblo by Age Group
In other news and information from the Pueblo Public Health Department:
A Message from Pueblo Mayor Gradisar – Mayor Gradisar’s Friday video message for today, April 17, 2020. https://youtu.be/YYFqmrJudEY
Pueblo Library District Extends Closure to May 3 – The Pueblo Library District is extending the closure of all library branches through May 3. Patrons will still have access to the library district’s digital hub which can be accessed at www.pueblolibrary.org.
State Health Department Launches Pilot COVID-19 Symptom Tracker Survey – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched a short survey designed to track symptoms of COVID-19, even among those who are unable or do not need to get a test. The data collected in the survey cannot replace official case data confirmed in testing, but it may help public health officials track early warning signs that an outbreak could be imminent in a given area or region. The symptom tracker is on the “do you have symptoms?” webpage on the COVID-19 website.
State Releases Pueblo Data on Ethnicity of COVID-19 Cases – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released ethnicity data on COVID-19 cases for counties with more than 100,000 population, including Pueblo County. In Pueblo County, 47% of the COVID-19 positive cases (34 people) are white, followed by 33% for Hispanics (24); 9% unknown ethnicity (7); 8% for black or African American (6) and 1% other (1). For more information on the data go to covid19.colorado.gov.
Many Essential Workers Still Required to be in the Field – The public is reminded that many essential workers, including those working with utilities, continue to do work in the field to maintain the safe supply of electricity, gas, water and communications. The public is reminded to allow these individuals to complete their work without interference and to maintain social distance. These workers do have clearance to work under the state’s emergency orders.
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 official information on COVID-19:
· Pueblo’s COVID-19 Hotline 719-583-4444
All public 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.