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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)

What can you do RIGHT NOW?

COVID-19 Information

Baca County info related to COVID-19 (updated 6-24-2020):

 

Resources (English)

Resources (Español)

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).

Baca County COVID-19 Update – April 10th

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4/10/2020 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 on 4/10/2020 that there is another 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
    • was placed into quarantine prior to receiving the positive test results.
    • was placed into isolation after receiving the positive test results.
    • is a resident of Baca County.
    • age:  30s
    • is recovering.

Our epidemiology investigation into where the patient may have contracted the illness is ongoing along with contact investigations.  Public Health is bound by HIPAA to protect patients and their rights, those who need to be notified will be contacted during the investigation.

Seeing new cases is not surprising, CDPHE states “As Colorado enters the acceleration interval of the pandemic and the number of cases diagnosed and reported in Colorado increases…”  So, as far as pandemics go, this is expected.   It’s important for us to continue to work together to keep the new number of cases as low as possible. This can be done by reading, understanding, and complying with all Colorado public health orders. On a positive note, people that have tested positive for COVID-19 in Baca County are recovering and some have even been released from isolation per CDPHE and CDC guidelines.

Our newest guidance is the Colorado Mask Campaign.   I have attached an FAQ about the mask campaign, please check it out.  If you want even more info about masks, direct your browser here and click on the “Masks” tab:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/frequently-asked-questions-faq

Baca County case numbers updatesOur current COVID-19 case counts for Baca County are as follows (as of the time of this writing Friday, 4/10/2020):

  • 5- Laboratory Confirmed
  • 5- Presumptive Positive Cases
  • TOTAL Baca County Cases: 10

Please remember: PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVES are cases where public health epidemiologists have determined that infection is highly likely because a person exhibited symptoms and had close contact with someone who tested positive.  Not everyone with COVID-19 symptoms needs a test or will be able to be tested.  Whether or not you are diagnosed with COVID-19, if you don’t need to be hospitalized, your treatment will be the same, no matter the test result.  Ideally, everyone who wanted a test would be able to get one, but right now, that is not possible. Follow the link for more information on testing    https://covid19.colorado.gov/testing

Colorado numbers updates: (Note: this summary only includes data through 4 pm on 4/9/2020 and does not reflect cases since then)

  • 6,202 Cases*
  • 1,221 hospitalized
  • 56 counties
  • 31,180 people tested**
  • 226 deaths
  • 54 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities

*The number of cases includes people who have had a test that indicated they were positive for COVID-19.  The number of cases also include epidemiologically-linked cases – or cases where public health epidemiologists have determined that infection is highly likely because a person exhibited symptoms and had close contact with someone who tested positive.  The number of epidemiologically-linked cases represents a very small portion of the reported cases.

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

What can you do RIGHT NOW?

  • Read, understand, and comply with public health orders!  Public health orders can be found here:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/stay-home-except-essential-needs
  • Stay home if you are sick and, if needed, call your medical provider.
  • Wear an appropriate mask if you must go out for an essential activity.
  • 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.
  • Stay informed by trusted and reliable sources.  Be careful about believing what you read on social media sites.  Trusted sources/websites:
  • Do these things so you will be prepared, and not scared.

Baca County COVID-19 Report 4-2-2020

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Baca County Update: 4/2/2020

Between Walsh Medical Clinic and Southeast Colorado Hospital District, 46 tests have been completed to test for COVID-19.  Of these 46 tests, there have been 4 positive results, 42 negative results, and there are 3 tests still pending as of 4/2/2020 at 2:00 pm.  There are also 5 presumptive cases which are all isolated at home.  All people who have tested positive are isolated and recovering at home.   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 (CDC) and Prevention guidelines.

Anyone in our community who is exhibiting symptoms is asked to self-isolate.  Household members of those exhibiting symptom are also asked to self-quarantine.  If you are sick, please call your healthcare provider and they will provide you instruction on what to do next.  If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call Southeast Colorado Hospital District at 523-6628.  ALWAYS call your healthcare provider FIRST before you go to the office so they can give you instruction.  Please remember that not everyone with COVID-19 symptoms need a test or will be able to be tested.

It is essential for everyone to continue to follow strict social distancing and the stay at home requirement to fight the spread of the Coronavirus.  To prevent community-wide transmission in Baca County, it is important to vigilantly follow state and public health orders.

Please stay home as much as possible. 

  • You can leave your home to do a limited number of specific things.
  • When you go out, you must follow Social Distancing Requirements.
  • People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to stay in their residence at all times, except when they need to get necessary medical care. Necessary medical care does not include most “elective” procedures, which currently are prohibited.
  • Only essential travel is allowed.
  • Sick people must not go to work.

What are necessary activities?

Activities, tasks and errands you must do to keep yourself, your family, and your household members safe and healthy.  Necessary activities include:

  • Getting essential medical care, medical supplies, and equipment, and medicine.
  • Getting food and supplies for yourself, your animals, your family, and your household members. That means the supplies you need to live a healthy life, keep a safe and healthy home, and get supplies you need to work or learn at home.
  • Caring for a family member, vulnerable person, or animals that are in a different location than your home.
  • Walking your dog or feeding animals.
  • Outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, cross-county skiing, running, etc. Group sports or activities that would break Social Distancing Requirements are prohibited.
  • Going to work or providing essential products and services for a critical business or critical government function. It can be hard to figure out what is considered essential or critical.  People are encouraged to understand what is in the order and follow it closely.

What are Social Distancing Requirements?

  • Keeping 6 feet of physical distance between all people at all times. The 6-foot rule does not apply to people who live in the same house as you.  In other words, your roommate and family.  But if you, your family, or your roommates get sick, you or they must self-isolate.
  • Washing hands as often as you can. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue, then throw the tissue away. Use your sleeve or inner elbow if a tissue is not available.

 

Stay At Home – Public Health Order 20-24

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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

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 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.

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