Category Archives: Baca County

New COVID Case – October 30, 2020

Baca County Public Health Agency has been was notified that we have one (1) new laboratory confirmed case 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 patient:

  • Is a resident 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 thirty-six (36).  Other Baca County information is as follows (as of the time of this email, Friday October 30, 2020):

Positive case:                            36
Hospitalizations:                         2
Current hospitalizations :            0
Deaths:                                     0

COVID-19 Update – 8-25-2020

There are two new cases of COVID-19 reported in Baca County. Those involved have been notified and under quarantine as well as others that were in contact with these positive cases. This brings the total number of cases in Baca County from the onset of COVID reporting (March 2020) until today, August 27, 2020, to 17.

Care Act Helps Provide Funding For Baca County

The Baca County Public Health Agency has funding available to ​assist people with rent, mortgage and utilities payments. This program is set up for one-time use for residents of Baca County.​ ​ To be eligible for benefits you must be at or meet the 200% of the federal poverty line, as determined by the federal Office of Management and Budget. Proof of income, identification and residency is required.

Questions? please call Baca County Public Health Agency at 523-6621 and ask for Maria for more information or schedule an appointment for application and assistance​.

Download: Flyer for Cares Act Funds

Job Opening – Public Health Director

Download: Public Health Nurse Job Description
Download: Job Opening – Contact Info
Job Application Form: Job Application Forms (Human Resources section)

The Baca County Commissioners are accepting applications for the position of Director for the Department of Public Health Services. This is a full-time position that includes a benefit package. The position requires a current Colorado Registered Nurse License in good standing without restrictions; a Master of Science in Nursing is preferred or Bachelor of Science in Nursing with five (5) years supervisory experience, preferably in public health; current certification in basic cardiac life support; experience working with children, school, or community/public health nursing preferred; and possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the state of Colorado. A list of responsibilities can be found on or website or by contacting the Administrator’s office.

Salary will be dependent upon education, knowledge, and experience.

Applications are available at www.bacacountyco.gov or in the Baca County Administrator’s office at 741 Main Street, Suite 1, Springfield, CO 81073. Applications will be accepted until August 21, 2020.

Baca County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, age, religion, sex, disability, marital status, or national origin.

Job Description

General Knowledge and Skills

Assesses public health needs by planning, organizing, directing, and reviewing the County health services in response to local needs. Develops and implements Board of Health policies for the operation of the department and the protection of the public. Advocates and partners with others in the community while providing highly technical and responsible assistance to the staff. Knowledgeable of ethical guidelines applicable to the position and outlined by professional standards of care. Able to maintain a variety of routine files, records and have computer skills, communicate effectively orally and in writing and trouble shoot as needed.

Supervision

  • Reports directly to the Board of Health/Board of County Commissioners
  • Exercises direct supervision over all other public health employees

Specific Duties

  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for public health services.
  • Plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate a wide variety of health programs and services including environmental and community health services, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness and response, vital statistics, public information, and health education and promotion.
  • Manage administrative procedures consistent with state and local laws, rules, and regulations for operation of the department.
  • On behalf of the Board of Health, accept, use, disburse, and administer all federal and state funds or other property, services, or moneys allotted to the department; establish fees for personal health services rendered by the local public health department.
  • Provide the Board of Health, Board of County Commissioners, and others reports on activities, progress, and problems of the Health Department and recommend such
    changes in the laws as are deemed necessary.
  • Develop and implement health programs; manage the investigations and inspections into matters affecting public health; and control of epidemics as well as infectious, communicable, and other diseases and conditions affecting public health.
  • Direct and review all public information efforts for the department including the preparation of media materials, press releases, and presentations to health organizations or the general public; respond to the most difficult public relations situations and requests for information with private citizens.
  • Prepare for and act in emergency or disaster situations to address public health issues; participate in day and evening meetings with medical and other health professional groups and individuals; prepare and present reports, statements, and speeches.
  • Review current medical literature, public health alerts, reviews,recommendations, and advisories to determine if changes in current practices need to be made; direct public information regarding important health issues.
  • Attend seminars, conferences, workshops, classes, on-line training, etc., as appropriate to enhance and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in field; review professional journals, attend association and professional meetings; and otherwise maintain contacts with professionals to facilitate exchange of information in order to remain current as a technical and medical consultant to staff and public.
  • Consult with community health care providers on outbreak situations and with individual patients who have communicable disease issues; issue medical alerts to health professionals and the public as needed.
  • Monitor employee vacation time, sick leave, compensation time, personal time
  • Prepare budget in fall to be approved by County Commissioners
  • Review and approve expenditures
  • Coordinate public health activities with other County departments and divisions, and with other state and local agencies
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.

Qualifications

  • Current Colorado Registered Nurse License in good standing without restrictions
  • Master of Science in Nursing preferred or Bachelor of Science in Nursing with 5 years Supervisory experience, preferably in public health.
  • Current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support
  • Experience working with children, school, or community/public health nursing preferred
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Colorado.

COVID-19 Update 8-3-2020

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8/3/2020 Baca County COVID-19 Update:  New Positive Baca County Case

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New COVID-19 positive case

Baca County Public Health Agency was notified of one new laboratory confirmed case in Baca County.

Out of respect for patient privacy, we will only release the following information (No other information will be released at this time):

  • The patient
    • Is a resident of Baca County
    • Traveled out of the state and was in contact with a COVID-19 positive person.
    • Self-isolated at home upon finding out they were exposed.
    • Was placed into isolation after receiving the positive test results.
    • Did not have any close contacts 48 hours prior to becoming symptomatic.
    • age:  80’s
    • Is recovering.
  • TOTAL Baca County Cases: 15
  • Depending on report timing, BCPHA’s totals may not exactly reflect CDPHE’s totals on their website (Here is the website: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/case-data)
    • Scroll down until you see the Colorado map, and then select “Case Counts” from the dropdown box on the upper right side of the map.

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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/cdphe

COVID-19 Update – 6-24-2020

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6/24/2020 Baca County COVID-19 Update:  New Positive Baca County Cases

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New COVID-19 positive case

Baca County Public Health Agency was notified on 6/23/2020 that there is are two new laboratory confirmed cases in Baca County.

Out of respect for patient privacy, we will only release the following information (No other information will be released at this time):

  • The patient
    • Is a resident of Baca County.
    • Was placed into isolation after receiving the positive test results.
    • Close contacts have been placed in quarantine.
    • age:  50’s
    • Is recovering.
  • The patient
    • Is a resident of Baca County.
    • Was placed in isolation after receiving the positive test result
    • Close Contacts have been placed in quarantine.
    • Age: 60’s
    • Is recovering.

Baca County case numbers updatesOur current COVID-19 case counts for Baca County are as follows (as of the time of this writing Friday, 6/24/2020):

  • 9- Laboratory Confirmed
  • 5- Presumptive Positive Cases
  • TOTAL Baca County Cases: 14

 

  • Depending on report timing, BCPHA’s totals may not exactly reflect CDPHE’s totals on their website (Here is the website: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/case-data)
  • Scroll down until you see the Colorado map, and then select “Case Counts” from the dropdown box on the upper right side of the map.

Colorado numbers updates: (Note: this summary only includes data through 4 pm on 6/22/2020 and does not reflect cases since then)

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COVID-19 Information

Baca County info related to COVID-19

Last updated: 11-25-2020
Current Precaution Level: Red (click for more info)

Positive cases: 104
Hospitalizations: 9
Current hospitalizations : 4
Deaths: 0

 

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Resources (English, Español, 普通话 and more)

There is a toll free support line and email service that can answer questions you have about COVID-19. English, Spanish and Mandarin and many other languages are supported. For answers in many languages:

  • Local: 303-389-1687
  • Toll Free: 1-877-462-2911
  • Email​: COHELP@RMPDC.org  ​​(answers in English  only).