April 4, 2020 – Health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced there were four additional positive reports of COVID-19 cases for Pueblo County. The count includes five new persons including a 48-year-old male, a 57-year-old male, a 20-year-old female, and a 58-year-old female.
Pueblo County now has a total of 43 confirmed positive cases among Pueblo County residents and to date, two Pueblo County residents have died from the virus.
According to officials, 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 County, one from Custer County).
There have been 391 tests administered in Pueblo County, with 327 negative results, 11 tests results still pending, and three tests unable to be read and determined unsatisfactory.
Note that 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, according to officials.
Pueblo County’s 43 COVID-19 Confirmed Cases
Male 80 (passed away)
Female 81 (passed away)
Additional advisement from the Health Department:
Beware of Law Enforcement Impersonators Stopping Drivers Due to Stay-at-Home Order
Local law enforcement officers are NOT conducting stops of individuals in response to the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order. Officers are still conducting stops for moving violations or traffic infractions and with that stop, they may inquire about the Stay-at-Home order. There have been reports in other counties of impersonators stopping people and doing checkpoints. Drivers should be aware and protect themselves from these impersonators. If you get stopped, make sure the vehicle has proper markings of police, sheriff or State Patrol. If you have doubts about who is stopping you, call 911 and ask the dispatcher to ask the law officer to provide proper identification. There is no mandate for individuals to carry an official letter stating they are an essential employee.
Local Mental Health Resources
Mental Health Resources are available in Pueblo, contact your mental health care provider. Services are also available through Health Solutions at 719-545-2746. Health Solutions recently added information on self-care activities to help during periods of stress on its website at www.health.solutions.
Governor Polis Encourages Residents to Vote in Upcoming Municipal Elections
Governor Jared Polis encourages residents in communities with municipal elections scheduled on April 7, to participate in the elections. In an effort to preserve the right to vote in a free and fair election, the Governor has issued guidance to ensure people can vote safely. The guidance includes: encouraging absentee methods of voting, where possible; follow social distance guidelines; encourage early voting and voting during off-peak hours; drive-up voting or ballot drop off; consulting guidance provide by the Colorado Municipal League and local health agencies on how to safely conduct elections. Read the full guidance here.
Pueblo WIC Open, Accepting New Appointments
Pueblo Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is open. Appointments can be made by telephone by calling (719) 583-4392.
Security Tips For Websites and Email While at Home
Cybersecurity experts warn the public to be vigilant during this worldwide pandemic as more people are teleworking from home. Individuals are reminded to be on the lookout for scams related to COVID-19 and to be aware of emails with malicious attachment or links to fraudulent websites. Organizations/businesses allowing people to telework should adopt a heightened state of cybersecurity particularly if using a virtual private network (VPN) due to more vulnerabilities found and organizations being less likely to keep them updated with the latest security updates. For more on cybersecurity go to cisa.gov.
Help Protect Pueblo from COVID-19
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 Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents and media to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19:
· Call CO HELP at 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org
· Pueblo’s COVID-19 Hotline 719-583-4444