SLV counties all 'level high' for COVID


SAN LUIS VALLEY– All six counties in the San Luis Valley currently meet the criteria to be listed at COVID-19 Community Level High by the CDC (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties).  There have been 202 cases reported in the past week. COVID-related hospitalizations are also on the rise. 

Community members are encouraged to pick up a rapid at-home test while they are well, to have on hand for use later if needed. At-home COVID-19 tests can be purchased at pharmacies or online; they may also be picked up at no cost at a variety of community locations. No cost test distribution points will be listed at www.slvphp.com, or you may call your local public health office. The list of distribution points is expanding and will be updated as needed. So far the listed locations include local Public Health offices; Alamosa Public Library; Adams State/Richardson Hall; Boys and Girls Club of the SLV; Mosca Pit Stop; Center Library; Crestone Mercantile; and Del Norte Library. If you don’t see a location listed near you, please call your local public health office. 

If you are already showing symptoms, please do not go to one of the at-home test distribution sites. If you are sick, stay at home away from others and use a home test that you already have on hand, or contact your healthcare provider. 

The United States Postal Service is distributing free at-home tests designed for use by those who are blind or have low vision. They can be ordered online at https://special.usps.com/testkits/accessible

Immunity to COVID-19 wanes over time regardless of whether it is from infection or vaccination. Everyone is encouraged to keep up with the recommended vaccinations, even if you have had COVID-19 illness in the past. Vaccines remain available through local vaccine providers, and state supported mobile vaccine clinics are scheduled as follows: 

  • Wednesday 6/29/22, 10am-3pm at Migrant Head Start in Center
  • Thursday 6/30/22, 9am-1pm at Alamosa Public Library
  • Friday 7/1/22, 10am-6pm at Blanca Fort Garland Community Center
  • Saturday 7/2/22, 10am-6pm at Safeway in Monte Vista
  • Tuesday 7/5/22, 10am-6pm at Safeway in Alamosa
  • Wednesday 7/6/2022, 10am-6pm at Family Dollar in La Jara

The BA.4 omicron subvariant has been identified recently in the San Luis Valley. This subvariant is somewhat more transmissible than previous omicron subvariants, so it is as important as ever for people to take good prevention measures and to isolate and quarantine appropriately. 

 

tes. If you are sick, stay at home away from others and use a home test that you already have on hand, or contact your healthcare provider. 

The United States Postal Service is distributing free at-home tests designed for use by those who are blind or have low vision. They can be ordered online at https://special.usps.com/testkits/accessible

Immunity to COVID-19 wanes over time regardless of whether it is from infection or vaccination. Everyone is encouraged to keep up with the recommended vaccinations, even if you have had COVID-19 illness in the past. Vaccines remain available through local vaccine providers, and state supported mobile vaccine clinics are scheduled as follows: 

  • Wednesday 6/29/22, 10am-3pm at Migrant Head Start in Center
  • Thursday 6/30/22, 9am-1pm at Alamosa Public Library
  • Friday 7/1/22, 10am-6pm at Blanca Fort Garland Community Center
  • Saturday 7/2/22, 10am-6pm at Safeway in Monte Vista
  • Tuesday 7/5/22, 10am-6pm at Safeway in Alamosa
  • Wednesday 7/6/2022, 10am-6pm at Family Dollar in La Jara

The BA.4 omicron subvariant has been identified recently in the San Luis Valley. This subvariant is somewhat more transmissible than previous omicron subvariants, so it is as important as ever for people to take good prevention measures and to isolate and quarantine appropriately. 

 

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