SAN LUIS VALLEY - The San Luis Valley (SLV) has one of the highest COVID-19 growth rates in the State. However, the past week the number of positive cases decreased some from the previous week and the number of active cases in the Valley dropped considerably from 123 to 84. Of the 1,504 tests conducted so far in the SLV, 17 percent, or 260 of those tests came back positive for COVID-19. During the past seven days the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the SLV increased from 226 to 260. In Rio Grande county positive cases grew from 38 to 47, Saguache County grew from 90 to 95 and Alamosa county is now reporting 103 cases. Mineral county positive cases has remained at two (2) for several weeks.
Tuesday, June 11, The Alamosa County Public Health Department announced the third COVID-19 related fatality within Alamosa County. The individual was a resident of a local long-term care facility and passed away while in the hospital.
Given that COVID-19 is currently on the rise in the San Luis Valley, everyone needs to continue the good habits developed over the past two months: wash your hands frequently, keep physical distance from others and wear a cloth face covering to avoid spreading the virus, and stay home as much as you can, especially if you are over 65 or have underlying health conditions.
Although it may be tempting to conclude that the increase in positive case numbers Valley-wide is due to increased testing, the concurrent rise in activity in healthcare provider offices and the increase in call-line queries with COVID symptoms reported by healthcare providers strongly suggests that we are seeing an increase in community spread. There is a real possibility that employees who have tested positive for COVID were exposed while not on duty, even in workplaces where there are multiple cases discovered.
To prevent getting sick, please remember to stay close to home as much as possible, as community transmission is occurring in communities across the San Luis Valley. Don’t go out unless it’s necessary, and if you do go out, wear a mask and wash your hands thoroughly upon return. Take advantage of no-contact services provided by restaurants and businesses. If you do get sick, stay home for at least 10 days after symptoms start and 72 hours after your fever has broken. Call one of the hospital call-lines below to get tested and inform people you’ve been around that you are sick.
It is important if you are ill or have been in contact with an ill person, to seek testing for COVID-19. It is possible to be re-infected. Please contact your primary care doctor or call one of the numbers below to start the screening process:
Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990
SLVHealth Respiratory Clinic 719-589-2511 ext. 9
Valley Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext. 9