SLV Health Incident Command issues statement

A Valley Courier reader submitted this photo of the toilet paper shelves at Walmart having been cleared possibly by panicked residents concerning the Covid-19 virus. Similar survival type items were said to be cleared out elsewhere in the store.

Amid a growing fear of the Corona Virus and a declaration of a state of emergency from Governor Polis, fear has made its way into the San Luis Valley. As evidenced by Walmart being sold out of what some would consider emergency items.

That said, as of March 11th, there have been 33 presumptive cases in Colorado. Pitkin and Denver Counties making up fifteen of those. San Luis Valley counties - Alamosa, Conejos, Costillo, Huerfano and Rio Grande are still unaffected. The closest county affected was Gunnison County with two cases. With things getting disconcerting the San Luis Valley Health Incident Command issued a statement on Wednesday.

San Luis Valley Health continues to closely monitor the potential impact of COVID-19 on our community, our clinics, and our hospital along with our healthcare agency partners and government officials. With Governor Polis declaring a state of emergency in Colorado, SLV Health has opened Incident Command to be prepared for this possibly escalating situation. Please be sure to take action as outlined on our SLVH.org home page and FAQ page. If there is a positive case of coronavirus reported, this page will be updated with that information, as well as locations and directions for testing, isolation, and quarantines. For members of the community who feel they may have symptoms, we are asking them to please call (719) 589-2511, and press 9 to be connected to a nurse on call. Please let the nurse know about recent travel as well as symptoms. Please call before coming into a healthcare facility.

For general questions about COVID-19 you can call CO HELP 1-877-462-2911 and continue to check the SLV Health home page.

The health and safety of our community is our highest priority.

Adams State also reached out, informing students using a resource page www.adams.edu/police/safety/coronavirus/ that will contain up-to-date information including impacts to campus.

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