SAN LUIS VALLEY — Active COVID-19 cases increased to over 200 in the San Luis Valley for the first time in months. As of Monday, May 17, there were 219 active cases in the Valley, a new high for 2021.
Mid-January was the last time the Valley had over 200 active cases. On Jan. 14, SLV officials reported 202 known active cases.
Over the next couple of months, active cases continued to drop, reaching a low of 17 on March 29, before rising again in April and May.
While cases are on the rise, some local public health agencies report an increase in interest in receiving vaccinations among those in their 40s and 50s, as well as among youth ages 12 and above.
If this trend continues, it could make a big difference in our fight against COVID-19 in this part of Colorado. Vaccines are being provided by hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and public health agencies. See www.slvphp.com, for contact information and other details.
The San Luis Valley region has a high COVID-19 case incidence rate and positivity rate in comparison to the rest of Colorado.
“Our hospitalizations remain high both locally and at hospitals that most frequently receive our sickest patients when they need to transfer to a higher level of care,” SLV public health officials stated.
There are currently 219 known active cases of COVID-19 in the San Luis Valley. Active case counts and other data are being updated weekdays at https://www.slvphp.com/slv-regional-covid-dial.
Recent case investigations and contact tracing have been time-consuming for public health agencies, who are finding that, there are a large number of close contacts with each new confirmed case. Those who are not yet vaccinated may consider limiting the size of gatherings that they participate in, in order to protect themselves and others. The case investigation and contact tracing process are an important tool to help limit the spread of this disease.
Because COVID-19 is currently widespread in the region, and a large portion of the population has yet to be vaccinated, local public health authorities continue to encourage the widespread use of masks and other precautions, to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The mask-wearing requirement for Colorado was amended inExecutive Order D 2021 103on May 14. The order requires people in Colorado who are 11 years and older to wear a mask over their noses and mouths in the following settings:
Fully vaccinated people can go without masks in public indoor spaces unless the setting requires otherwise.
People who do not have to wear a mask, even if unvaccinated, include:
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, call to be screened for testing.