Pueblo Emergency Status Board
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
Pueblo County Case Count : 276 Confirmed & Probable Cases(as of 5/27/2020)
As cases continue to be investigated, the data on this website is subject to change.
A probable case meets the clinical criteria and epidemiological evidence, yet it has not been laboratory confirmed with a test. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now reporting probable cases across the state.
All public and media inquiries in Pueblo are answered through the local hotline at Pueblo’s Joint Information Center. New hours for Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline begin Wednesday, April 29 to 9 AM – 4PM Monday through Friday
May 27 - Health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment today announced the death of one Pueblo County resident related to COVID-19, bringing the total number of Pueblo County deaths to 17. A 69-year-old female, who was reported as a confirmed positive, has died.
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Health and Environment announced today 5 new positive COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County. The confirmed positives cases are a 26-year-old female, 27-year-old female, 30-year-old female, one-year-old male and a 72-year-old male.
Pueblo County has a total of 276 confirmed positive and probable* cases among Pueblo County residents. The total number of people testing, 4,937 is not reflective of everyone testing negative in Pueblo County.
Beginning May 27, reporting confirmed and probable cases will be combined to align with state and national data. However, the COVID-19 Status Update chart will continue to show probables.
As cases continue to be investigated, the data in this update is subject to change.
*A probable case meets the clinical criteria and epidemiological evidence, yet it has not been laboratory confirmed with a test. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now reporting probable cases across the state.
May 19 - Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment reported a COVID-19 outbreak at an assisted living facility in Pueblo West. To date, the Columbine Chateau has three residents and one staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, an outbreak in a healthcare facility is defined as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a facility or non-household group with onset in a 14-day period. An outbreak in a healthcare facility is defined as two or more confirmed COVID-19 cases in residents with onset in a 14-day period.
“Protecting the health of the residents and staff of our assisted living facilities is a top priority,” said Randy Evetts, public health director for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “We will continue to work with Columbine Chateau to help minimize the spread of the virus.”
A resident at Columbine Chateau tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday along with two other residents and a staff member testing positive. PDPHE has completed contact investigations per established public health process and guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus in the facility.
In addition, PDPHE made a formal request to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to provide testing for all staff and residents of this facility. CDPHE will ship testing materials to the facility directly. Once the testing is completed by the facility and shipped back to CDPHE, results will be returned within 24 hours.
Visiting restrictions at Columbine Chateau were started in mid-March. Public health is working with Columbine Chateau to ensure guidance is being followed to protect the residents and the staff.
Columbine Chateau is the second facility in Pueblo County to report an outbreak. In April, PDPHE announced an outbreak at Brookdale El Camino. At that time, there were four staff members and six residents that tested positive for COVID-19.
Pueblo County to Operate Drive-up Testing Site for COVID-19
April 20, 2020 Pueblo, CO - Pueblo County will open a drive-up testing site in Pueblo from Wednesday, April 22 through May 28 to test certain qualifying members of the public who have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing, and fever over 100.4). This testing site will be open to anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing and fever over 100.4 degrees). No physician order is required.
Drive-up testing site details:
- Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekly on Tuesday to Friday (Until May 29)
- Location: Colorado State Fair Grounds, 1001 Beulah Avenue, enter through Gate 4 off Mesa Avenue and Gaylord Avenue
- Cost: All testing will be free. Insurance will not be required.
“This is a great thing for our community,” exclaimed Randy Evetts, public health director of the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. Evetts added, “in addition to letting community members know if they are positive with the COVID-19 virus public health will gain information of how widespread the virus is in Pueblo. Understanding the level of infection in our community informs our decision making for opening up the community.”
- The first 250 individuals daily in the line will have access to the drive-up testing. All others that arrived after that will be encouraged to seek testing from a private provider or attend the next day. Individuals should contact their primary care provider before to determine if they have need to be tested.
· Who can be tested: You must have symptoms or have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 in order to be tested. Testing has also been opened to the following individuals not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:
- Emergency responders
- Healthcare workers
- Individuals in contact with a person confirmed with COVID-19
- Ethnic minority groups African American, Hispanic and Latinos, American Indian
- Individuals age 65+
No prescription required, but you must be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and bring your ID and organization ID, if applicable.
Other important information for you to know:
· If you have a medical emergency, call 911- do not report to the testing site, as it is not a care facility. If you have severe respiratory symptoms, especially shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tell the dispatcher about your symptoms. Do not wait for a COVID-19 test to call 911.
· If you are ill or suspect that you were exposed, but are not able to be immediately tested, please stay home, self-isolate, and contact your physician.
· For the safety of drive-up lab workers, hours of operation will be contingent upon safe weather. We will announce if we need to close the site due to unsafe conditions. Unsafe conditions include any weather that can make personal protection equipment ineffective, such as any precipitation, wind, or colder temperatures.
· While waiting for their test results, individuals should stay at home. Those who receive positive test results may be issued isolation orders. Depending on test volume, we aim to contact individuals directly with their results.
- If you have any symptoms -- even mild ones -- public health urges you to stay home and isolate yourself until:
- You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine) AND
- Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND
- At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
- Anyone in your household you have had close contact with (within six feet for approximately 10 minutes) should self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you haven’t been tested for COVID-19.
- If you have a medical emergency, call 911. If you have severe respiratory symptoms, especially shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tell the 911 dispatcher about your symptoms. Do not wait for a COVID-19 test to call 911.
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