SLV keeps up good work to nip COVID


7 active cases as of Tuesday night

SAN LUIS VALLEY — As of 4 p.m. Monday night, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports that the SLV has had a total of 3,586 people tested for COVID-19 and 481 total COVID-19 cases. Fifty-one of those have been hospitalized, and 13 people with COVID-19 have died.

There have been 13 outbreaks for the SLV region, all of which are closed or being closed this week. This information is updated weekdays on our website at https:// www.slvemergency.org/ slv-covid-19/.

The SLV currently has 7 known active cases.

Alamosa: 4

Conejos: 0

Costilla: 0

Mineral: 0

Rio Grande: 3

Saguache: 0

According to local data reports, there were 7 people hospitalized between July 18 and August 1, 2020. Our positivity rate is 4.3%, which is within the 5% threshold that indicates we’re doing enough testing as a region.

The best way for our community to maintain this threshold is for people to get tested for COVID-19 when they are sick.

To pursue testing for COVID-19, or for medical questions, call: Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990 SLV Health Respiratory Clinic 719-589-2511 ext. 9 Valley-Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext. 9 (M-F), 719-589-2562 (Sa/Su) The Centers for Disease Control has recently updated isolation definitions for COVID-19.

If you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms the best thing to do is get tested, and, if you are positive, follow the recommendations Public Health gives you when they contact you after your test. Recommendations will vary depending on how mild or severe your illness is.

If you have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, are asymptomatic, but have tested positive, the best thing to do is isolate at least 10 days since the date of your test unless you develop symptoms.

If symptoms develop during isolation, the isolation period should be restarted and you should follow your personal Public Health recommendations. Quarantine recommendations (staying home 14 days after last close contact with a COVID-19 case, even if you are not sick) remain the same.

For more on isolation, see https://covid19.colorado. gov/how-to-isolate.

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