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Baca County COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic

On Friday, February 19, Baca County held a very successful mass vaccination clinic for COVID-19. The event took place at the Fairgrounds in the Minnick Building beginning at 8:30 am for those involved in education. It then was opened up to all that qualify by 9:00 am. The entire morning ran very smoothly which could only happen because of great collaborative planning and coordination.

The teamwork between Baca County Public Health, Baca County Emergency Management, Baca County Sheriff’s Department, Southeast Colorado Hospital District, Southeast Colorado Hospital EMS, Baca County Maintenance, Southeast Health Group, our Regional Partners as well as numerous volunteers allowed approximately 130 Baca County residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Teamwork and having partners you can depend on and trust, proves that living in Baca County is truly a blessing.

The team is planning on hosting another mass vaccination clinic for those who need their 2nd dose as well as for all who are eligible to receive the vaccination on Friday, March 26. More details will be coming out soon.

Download: COVID-19 Vaccine Administration and Screening Form

Adolescent Substance Treatment

RESADA Outpatient is excited to announce the addition of adolescent treatment services to our Outpatient Program. If you or someone you know has a child age 10-17 in need of substance treatment, please contact the number provided for more information.

Download: Adolescent Substance Treatment Flyer

RESADA OUTPATIENT
215 2nd Street
Las Animas, CO, 81054
resadatreatment.com
M-F 8am-5pm
719-662-1089

DIAL – Risk Level Yellow

Baca County will move back to yellow starting February 6, 2021 @9:00am. Please see attached chart. The state van providing FREE covid testing will return next Monday February 8, 2021. It will be here in Springfield on Monday February 8tht from 1000 to 2:00. The van will be located in the parking lot between the clinic and the ER at SE Colorado hospital (373 E.10th Ave Springfield, CO 81073).

Download: Dial 2.0 FAQ

Job Opening: County Maintenance

The Baca County Commissioners are looking for a highly motivated individual to fill a position in the Baca County Maintenance Department. This is a full-time position that includes vacation and sick leave, medical insurance, and retirement benefits. The successful candidate should have a high school diploma and able to lift up to 50 pounds; experience in multiple aspects of building and grounds maintenance is desirable.

Applications are available in the Baca County administrator’s office at 741 Main Street, Suite 1, Springfield, CO 81073, or on the website at Bacacountyco.gov. The position will remain open until filled. Baca County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, age, religion, sex, disability, marital status, or national origin.

Download: General Application For Employment

Job Opening: Administrative Assistant

The Baca County Commissioners are looking for highly motivated individual to fill the administrative assistant position in the Baca County Department of Public Health. The ideal candidate would have a good knowledge of computers, good customer relation skills, and able to multi-task. This is a full-time position that includes vacation and sick leave, medical insurance, and retirement benefits. The successful candidate should have a high school diploma; experience working with the public is desirable; and should be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Applications are available in the Baca County Administrator’s office at 741 Main Street, Suite 1, Springfield, CO 81073, or on the website at Bacacountyco.gov. Applications are being accepted through Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Baca County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, age, religion, sex, disability, marital status, or national origin.

Download: General Application For Employment

Baca County COVID-19 Vaccinations

Baca County can now provide vaccinations for COVID-19.  We are currently in Phase 1 (Winter) for vaccinations; and only for 1A or 1B individuals. These include people who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period; long-term care facility staff and residents; healthcare workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients (e.g., home health, hospice, pharmacy, dental, etc.) and EMS; firefighters, police, COVID-19 response personnel, correctional workers, and funeral services; and people age 70 and older.  If you do not fall into one of these categories, we hope to be able to expand our availability by late February.

For Baca County residents that want more information or to schedule a time to be vaccinated, call Cami Cohoon at Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic 719.523.6221; Walsh Medical Clinic 719.324.5253; or the Commissioner’s office 719.523.6532.  For information regarding when you may be eligible for the vaccine, please see the flyer provided by the state of Colorado.

Download: County Covid-19 Vaccinations

COVID Update – January 22, 2021

Baca County Public Health Agency has been was notified that we have nine (9) new laboratory confirmed cases in Baca County.  Out of respect for patient’s privacy, we will only release the following information (No other information will be released at this time):

The patients:

  • Are a residents of Baca County.
  • Have been placed into isolation after receiving the positive test results.
  • Close contacts are being contacted and will be placed in quarantine.

Baca County case numbers:

(March 11 to present) current COVID total cases are two hundred forty-two (251). Other Baca County information is as follows (Friday January 22, 2021 @ 4:45am):

Positive case:                    251
Hospitalizations:                 14
Current hospitalizations       0
Deaths:                                2

COVID Update – January 14, 2021

Baca County Public Health Agency has been was notified that we have 14 new laboratory confirmed cases in Baca County. Out of respect for patient’s privacy, we will only release the following information (No other information will be released at this time):

The patients:

  • Are a residents of Baca County.
  • Have been placed into isolation after receiving the positive test results.
  • Close contacts are being contacted and will be placed in quarantine.

Baca County case numbers:

(March 11 to present) current COVID total cases are two hundred eighteen (218). Other Baca County information is as follows (Wednesday January 13, 2021 @ 3:00pm):

  • Positive case: 218
  • Hospitalizations: 14
  • Current hospitalizations: 2
  • Deaths: 1

Depending on report timing, BCPHA’s totals almost match CDPHE’s totals on their website. It is showing 212 cases. Here is the website: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/case-data.