Updates on the Current Covid-19 in the SLV
Visiting the San Luis Valley during COVID-19 Pandemic
SAN LUIS VALLEY –
Active COVID-19 cases in the San Luis Valley have jumped this week to 37, nearly double the 19 known active cases we reported just two days ago. Our recent low for the region was on March 29th, when we had just 17 active cases.
The recent move to Level Green for all the counties in the San Luis Valley reflects the progress we have made in lowering the level of virus spread in the region, but in this case the color green does not quite mean “go” or 100 percent opening or let our guards down. There are still some restrictions in place, and masks are still required in certain settings. More importantly, continued voluntary precautions including mask wearing and social distancing by community members will help keep this very concerning spike in cases from becoming a trend. Whether this is just a blip on the radar or whether it becomes a longer trend depends on you. We all need to do our part to prevent another wave of COVID-19 infection in our region.
In the San Luis Valley, over 25,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, and we estimate that between 20% and 35% of our local population has been fully vaccinated with two doses. Professionals estimate that we need to reach 70-80% for herd immunity. Local vaccine providers report that they have been successful in nearly eliminating their vaccine waiting lists. To sign up to receive a vaccine, contact a local vaccine provider. If you have an appointment and you can’t make it, please call to cancel so that no vaccine is wasted.
Colorado’s mask order was extended and modified last week, and many people have questions about what it means. Local public health authorities continue to recommend and encourage continued mask wearing, social distancing, and other precautions for the time being until a larger percentage of our population has been vaccinated, regardless of updates to the statewide mask mandate. This will help us protect one another over the coming weeks while more and more people in our area are able to get the vaccine.
In all counties, masks are still required for persons 11 and older in preschool through grade 12 schools (including extracurricular activities), childcare centers, indoor children’s camps, public-facing government facilities, healthcare settings, personal care services such as hair salons, body art, nail salons, etc., congregate care facilities, prisons, and jails.
All counties in the San Luis Valley are in Level Green. However, rising cases in many other Colorado counties place them in more restrictive levels. In levels other than green, masks are mandatory in public indoor settings where there are 10 or more unvaccinated individuals or individuals whose vaccination status is unknown.
For more details on the updated mask order, including limited exceptions, see the Fact Sheet provided by CDPHE, available at http://slvphp.info/Masks04April2021. The new modified mask order is automatically in effect, with no special requests needed at the local level. Local jurisdictions have the option to implement more comprehensive mask requirements if warranted, but at this time no San Luis Valley counties have chosen to do so.
For anyone planning to visit the Zapata HOA or Colorado, we recommend visiting https://covid19.colorado.gov/travel prior to travel.
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