March 28, 2020 – Story by Jenny Paulson – Saturday, March 28, the Department of Pueblo Health in Pueblo announced that a male, 26, and two females, 19 and 71, are the latest to test positive for the virus that appears to be spreading in Pueblo County.
Public Health investigations are being conducted on these three new positive COVID-19 cases to see who they may have had contact with. Health officials say none of the cases, now totaling 13 in Pueblo County appear to be related. One elderly woman died this week.
One of the positive tests came from the community testing at the Colorado State Fair Grounds March 19th. Local officials are frustrated with the slow turnaround for tests. Only 40 of the 90 tested at the State Fair Grounds have been received, now over a week later. And other tests are taking over seven or more days for results as well.
Officials say there have been 254 tests administered in Pueblo County. 139 tests are pending, tied up at a lab. Not all results of a total of 13 positive tests taken from Pueblo County are of locals as the hospital serves individuals from elsewhere at times. There’s actually 13 positives, including ten from Pueblo County, one from Crowley County, and one from Huerfano County, one from Douglas County.
“Compared to a week ago, Pueblo has three times more positive COVID-19 test results. I expect the more people we test and the more test results we receive, Pueblo will continue to see more positive COVID-19 cases,” stated Randy Evetts public health director at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. Evetts added, “I continue to urge community members to follow social distancing of six feet or more from each other to stop the spread of this virus and protect our family, friends, and neighbors.”
The Health Department says everybody has a responsibility to protect the community and our most vulnerable in Pueblo by:
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, and 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.
Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents to seek information on COVID-19 at www.puebloemergency.info.
Image – stats from the Health Department as of 1:30 pm March 28, 2020