April 12, 2020 – Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced today five additional COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County. The additional cases are 61-year-old male, 40-year-old female, 44-year-old female, 87-year-old female and 97-year-old female. Pueblo County now has a total of 63 confirmed positive cases among Pueblo County residents.
Seven 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, one from Fremont County, one from Rio Grande, one from Custer County). There have been 524 tests administered in Pueblo County. There have been 431* negative results with 18 tests results still pending, and three tests unable to be read and determined unsatisfactory. To date, three Pueblo County residents have passed away.
*(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 63 COVID-19 Confirmed Cases
Cases in Pueblo by Age Group
Cases in Pueblo by Sex
Statewide cases have increased to 7,303, 410 more cases than the previous day. There are now 290 deaths statewide. There have been 1,417 hospitalizations and more than 37,153 people have been tested so far in Colorado. State at home orders continue to be in place for all residents.
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Parkview Medical Center to Begin Testing for First Responders on Monday – Parkview Medical Center begins limited free testing of first responders and healthcare workers for the COVID-19 virus at 8 a.m., Monday, April 13. To be eligible for the testing, individuals must have symptoms of COVID-19 and be pre-approved by the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. Those being tested must bring employment verification.
St Mary-Corwin Among Centura Sites Offering Testing for First Responders – St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is among seven Centura sites that are now offering COVID-19 testing for first responders with symptoms. Testing is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 4112 Outlook Blvd. Responder agencies interested in offering this testing to their teams should email at CenturaLovesFirstResponders@centura.org to receive the needed forms to begin the visits. First responders will be required to bring a certain form with them to get the test. For more information on what Centura Health is doing amid the COVID-19 pandemic go to www.centura.org/COVID-19.
Golf Course in Pueblo Allowed to Resume Operations Beginning Monday Under Strict Guidelines – All Pueblo County golf courses were given permission by the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment to resume operations beginning Monday, April 13, and must follow specific safety and health standards. Among some of the guidelines are: courses be open for use by Pueblo County residents only; tee time payments must be made on-line or by phone; pro shops remain closed; no more than four people per group; only one person allowed per golf cart and driving ranges shall remained closed. Mini-golf and frisbee-golf are not allowed at this time. For a list of all the requirements visit puebloemergency.info.
Governor Polis Announces Stay-at-Home Guide for Coloradoans – Governor Jared Polis announced a website stayathomeco.colorado.gov that provides resources support and activities for families during the period of the Stay-at-Home order which now goes until April 26. The pages will be regularly updated.
Centura Reminds Health Care Workers to Know Signs of Stress; Take Time for Self-Care – Health care professionals are encouraged to know and understand signs of stress that may be occur as a result of caring for those with COVID-19. Some of the signs to look for are:
Excessive fear and worry
Headaches and fatigue
Uncharacteristic irritability or angry outbursts
Withdrawal from others
Other changes in behavior, personality and thinking
Caregivers and other essential workers should not be considered weak for having feelings that can lead to stress and instead should be supported through the following actions:
Maintain your Health. Drink plenty of water, eat nutritious meals, exercise and get enough sleep
Reach out to others with similar experiences.
Use your sense of humor
Address your spiritual needs
Ask for help in managing problems at home while you are away
Practice relaxation techniques
Return to a routine
Pueblo Business Economic Recovery Team Host Webinars on Local Resources – The Pueblo Business Economic Recovery Team (BERT) hosted a webinar with representatives from the Small Business Administration about resources available. The webinar can be viewed at www.facebook.com/PuebloLCC/videos/683306525571641/
The Latino Chamber of Commerce also hosted a workforce panel discussion that can be viewed at www.facebook.com/PuebloLCC/videos/264059671430021/
Local Mental Health Resources – Health Solutions has added a online resource that addresses community resources, community support, eating well, food assistance and wellness strategies. The site is available at www.health.solutions/localsolutions. Services are also available through Health Solutions at 719-545-2746.
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.
Information on COVID-19:
· Pueblo’s COVID-19 Hotline 719-583-4444
All public 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.