We the undersigned medical professionals care about you and your health. In recent days, the rapid rise in COVID-19 has put a strain on emergency departments, clinics and hospitals in the San Luis Valley, across the state of Colorado, and in our neighboring states as well. There is a high level of this contagious disease spreading within our community, mostly within social settings. Public Health’s “Level Orange” allows businesses to remain open but with limited capacity. Please use this time to shop online, pick up groceries or other items “curbside” and do your best to protect the vulnerable populations among us. Together we can safely get through these winter months, but now is the time to help bring down the positive rate.