Story by Jenny Paulson – March 31, 2020 – Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced three additional positive COVID-19 cases, including a male age 59, a female age 52, and a female age 56. To date, two Pueblo County residents have passed away.
Pueblo County now has a total of 21 confirmed positive cases among Pueblo County residents. Five additional positive cases are from individuals residing in other counties (one from Crowley County, one from Huerfano County, one from Douglas County, one from Fremont County, one from Rio Grande County) but who were tested in Pueblo County.
There have been 283 tests administered (including 90 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds on March 19) in Pueblo County. There have been 209 negative results with 45 tests results still pending, and three test unable to be read and determined unsatisfactory.
In other news:
The Colorado State Patrol activated a call center to assist with the large number of phone calls being experienced by dispatch centers and Emergency Operations Centers.
Many in the public safety and business sectors are seeking guidance from law enforcement with respect to the Stay at Home order issued by Governor Polis. The mission is to serve as a force multiplier in helping triage questions from the public from a law enforcement perspective and to assist the public with finding answers.
The call center can be reached by dialing 1-833-598-5553. The call center is currently operational seven days a week, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Mental Health Resources are available in Pueblo, contact your mental health care provider. Services are also available through Health Solutions at 719-545-2746 www.health.solutions.
The Health Department says: Everybody has a responsibility to protect the Pueblo 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 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 sources of information on COVID-19:www.puebloemergency.info
Call CO HELP at 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org
Pueblo’s COVID-19 Hotline 719-583-4444