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COVID-19 Information

Please remind everyone that we are still providing vaccine clinics, at the Baca County Public Health office. The next scheduled vaccine clinic is Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 8:00 to 11:30, it will be at Baca County Public Health Office, also we will be offering pediatric Pfizer vaccine to children aged 5-11 years. We still have some flu vaccines available. Testing is still available every Monday in the parking lot of Southeast Colorado Hospital (373 East 10th Avenue, Springfield). We are now offering free COVID testing at the Baca County Public Health Office, we will being providing testing on Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30am to 9:30am. We would ask that people call ahead to make an appointment. As our numbers continue to grow, we need to work together to slow this down. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

mAb Colorado Website: mAb Colorado is a statewide health campaign dedicated to building awareness and helping people access monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19. mAb is an acronym/abbreviation for monoclonal antibodies. mAb Colorado has a website, www.mAbColorado.org, that provides the following to the public:

ü · Basic information about monoclonal antibodies for COVID-19;

ü · Details on how patients can access monoclonal antibody treatments; &

ü · mAb Colorado Communication Kit with flyers and social media graphics that can be shared.

Here are some useful links with information:

COVID-19 dial dashboard | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

People at higher risk for severe illness | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

FIFTH AMENDED PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 20-38_JHRsig.pdf – Google Drive

RCF Comprehensive Mitigation Guidance.pdf – Google Drive

covid19.colorado.gov

include a new vaccine breakthrough data visualization

main data dashboard

COVID-19 Vaccinated & Unvaccinated Case Data dashboard

Baca County Public Health Agency has been notified that we have nineteen (19) 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 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, 2020 to present) total COVID cases are five hundred sixty (560). Other Baca County information is as follows (Wednesday November 24, 2021 @3:00pm):

Total count for the week of 11.24.2021 is 19.

* Positive cases: 560

* Hospitalizations: 24

* Current hospitalizations: 2

* Deaths: 6

CDPHE’s numbers on their website is showing 544 cases. Here is the website: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data.

Stay At Home – Public Health Order 20-24

Download Full Document: Stay At Home – Third Public Health Order (PDF)

I issue this amended Public Health Order (PHO or Order) pursuant to the Governor’s directive in Executive Orders D 2020 017 (Ordering Coloradans to Stay at Home Due to the Presence of COVID-19 in the State) in response to the existence of hundreds of confirmed and presumptive cases of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and related deaths across the State of Colorado.
Further, there is substantial evidence of community spread of COVID-19 throughout the State.

This Order has been amended to direct Coloradans to Stay at Home.

 

Fourth COVID-19 Case in Baca County

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 4/01/20 Baca County Update: Positive County Case

 Please take the time to read and understand this entire message. 

 Hello to all.  The Baca County Public Health Agency (BCPHA) has received a lab report on another resident from Baca County that has tested positive to COVID-19.  This will be the 4th positive 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 person
    • was placed into quarantine while awaiting test results.
    • was tested because they had symptoms and been in contact with a known positive COVID 19 person in another area.
    • was placed into isolation after receiving test results and will remain in isolation until 10 days from symptom onset AND 72 hours of being fever free AND patient has improvement of symptoms.
    • is recovering
    • is a resident of Baca County.

A thorough epidemiological investigation is currently underway, with absolute priority given to contact investigations, risk assessments, and isolation/quarantine information (disease control and containment measures) based upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Here is what you can do right now:

  • COMPLY WITH ALL PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS CURRENTLY IN PLACE, INCLUDING THE NEW “STAY AT HOME” ORDER.  THE STATE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS CAN BE FOUND HEREhttps://covid19.colorado.gov/public-health-executive-orders-explained
  • If you are in a high risk group, take extra
  • Cover your cough and/or sneeze.
  • Keep your fingers and hands away from your face.
  • Wash your hands a lot.
  • Remember not everyone with COVID-19 symptoms needs a test or will be able to be tested, please go to https://covid19.colorado.gov/testing for more information about testing.
  • Stay informed by trusted and reliable sources.
  • Be careful about believing what you read on social media sites.
  • If you are sick, please call your healthcare provider and they will provide you with instructions on what to do next.  If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call Southeast Colorado Hospital District at (719) 523-6628.  ALWAYS call your healthcare provider FIRST before you go to the office, so they can give you instructions.
  • Only go to the Emergency Room (ER) if it is an emergency.  Only you can decide if it is truly an emergency or not, but emergencies typically are life threatening and time sensitive.

My community updates and other information can be found at the following website: https://www.bacacountyco.gov

Food Assistance

COVID-19 Public-Facing Messaging
Food Assistance

This document will clear up questions about Food Assistance during this COVID-19 emergency. It explains how to apply for Food Assistance, how to check your application, what to do when you have been approved, and has information for special cases like layoffs and students.

Download: COVID-19-Food-Assistance (PDF)

Baca County COVID-19 Press Release 3-30-2020

Download This Document: Press release #2

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3/30/2020 Baca County:  2 more POSITIVE COVID-19 Cases in Baca County

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Hello to all.  This morning (Monday 3/30/2020) the Baca County Public Health Agency (BCPHA) received a lab report on 2 residents from Baca County that have tested positive to COVID-19.  We now have 3 positive 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 people
    • were placed into quarantine while awaiting test results.
    • were in close contact with a person who had a positive COVID-19 test result
    • were placed into isolation after receiving the positive test results.
    • are a resident of Baca County.
    • are recovering

A thorough epidemiological investigation is currently underway, with absolute priority given to contact investigations, risk assessments, and isolation/quarantine information (disease control and containment measures) based upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

 

Here is what you can do right now:

Baca County Offices Closed

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Baca County Commissioners closed the Baca County offices on March 26, 2020. Limited county staff will be in their respective offices to take your calls. Please leave messages or emails and your phone calls or a an email will be returned as quickly as possible. The “ballot drop box” located near the courthouse entrance will be available for property tax payments and license plate renewals and other correspondence, as needed. Please ensure that payment envelopes are sealed. Contact the individual offices for other services.

First Baca County COVID-19 Case

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3/27/2020 First (#1) Baca County POSITIVE COVID-19 Case In Baca County

Please take the time to read and understand this entire message.  I know it is long; but please, read the whole message.


Hello to all.  This morning (Friday 3/27/2020) the Baca County Public Health Agency received a lab report on a resident from Baca County that has tested positive to COVID-19.

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

The person:

  • was placed into quarantine while awaiting test results.
  • was tested because they had symptoms and been in contact with a known positive COVID 19 person in another area.
  • was placed into isolation while awaiting test results and will remain in isolation until 10 days from symptom onset AND 72 hours of being fever free AND patient has improvement of symptoms.
  • Per the CDC Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to see if they become sick.
  • is a resident of Baca County.

A thorough epidemiological investigation is currently underway, with absolute priority given to contact investigations, risk assessments, and isolation/quarantine information (disease control and containment measures) based upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.  We will specifically be looking into any possible connections to other cases.

Here is what you can do right now:

Please remember our Baca County goal:

  • Our vulnerable populations are at a greater risk, so we want to keep COVID out as long as possible to protect them.
  • We want to keep COVID at bay; as long as possible, to allow time to develop and manufacture a vaccine and/or antiviral treatment.  Our vulnerable populations and Health Care Workers (HCW) with direct patient access will be prioritized.
  • There is a critical worldwide shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as respirator masks, gloves, etc.. We want to keep COVID at bay as long as possible to conserve the use of PPE and get more resupplied.  We need to protect our front-line HCWs so they can continue to help us.
  • And, of course, we just do not want COVID-19 here!
  • My community updates and other information can be found at the following website: https://www.bacacountyco.gov

 

Download: covid-19 first case (This article)

Baca County Courthouse Closure

Download: Courthouse Closure

In an effort to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Baca County Public Health in coordination with the Baca County Commissioners will be closing the Baca County offices to walk-in customers starting March 24, 2020. The courthouse building will be open for scheduled court appearances. Limited county staff will be in their respective offices to take your calls and set up appointments. The “ballot drop box” located near the courthouse entrance will be available for property tax payments and license plate renewals. Please ensure that payment envelopes are sealed. Contact the individual offices for other services.

  • Commissioner’s Office: 719-523-6532
  • Health Nurse: 719-523-6621
  • Clerk and Recorder: 719-523-4372
  • Treasurer: 719-523-4262
  • Assessor: 719-523-4332
  • Court Clerk:  719.523.4555 (jamie.smith@judicial.state.co.us).

50% Reduction in Non-Essential In-Person Businesses

Download: PH Order 20-24

I issue this Public Health Order (PHO or Order) pursuant to the Governor’s directive in Executive Order D 2020 013 (Ordering Colorado Employers To Reduce In-Person Workforce by Fifty Percent Due to the Presence of COVID-19 in the State) in response to the existence of hundreds of confirmed and presumptive cases of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and related deaths across the State of Colorado. Further, there is substantial evidence of community spread of COVID-19 throughout the State.