Public health releases info on latest outbreak


SAN LUIS VALLEY – Alamosa Public Health announced an outbreak at Advantage Treatment Centers in Alamosa. Advantage Treatment Centers has been working closely with the Alamosa County Public Health Department to ensure the safety of staff and residents and continues to implement measures to minimize transmission within the facility, including the testing of staff and residents.
Vally-wide, three new cases for the SLV have been reported since yesterday, 1 for Alamosa and 2 for Rio Grande County. The total number of cumulative cases is now 316. Twenty-eight total people have been hospitalized, and 233 have completed isolation. There have been 5 fatalities of individuals with COVID-19. Numbers are updated weekdays at slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19/.
Through its healthcare partners, the SLV Region is ramping up testing in efforts to cover the scope of specific workplace outbreaks, as well as addressing community spread. Valley-Wide Health Systems has a mobile unit that it can dispatch to various locations throughout the Valley. It is also offering several testing clinics at Valley-Wide clinic locations over the next three weeks, including Center, Antonito, and San Luis. You must call ahead for an appointment if you wish to get tested.
CDPHE has released a helpful COVID “risks vs. benefits” graphic and guidance webpage to help individuals determine whether an activity that they want to pursue is safe during the pandemic. See https://covid19.colorado.gov/risks-benefits.
For questions about testing or for medical advice, please contact your primary care doctor or call one of the numbers below to start the screening process:
For symptomatic individuals only, call:
Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990
SLVHealth Respiratory Clinic 719-589-2511 ext. 9
For symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals who have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual, call:
Valley-Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext. 9 (M-F), 719-589-2562 (Sa/Su)
For general (non-medical) SLV COVID-19 related questions: [email protected], 719-480-8719
Wildland fires in other areas are creating smoky conditions in the SLV, negatively affecting air quality. Limit outdoor activities on smoky days, keep windows closed and use air conditioning to cool indoor areas. For more information about smoke and your health, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx

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