La Plata and Archuleta counties are seeing a “significant” rise in COVID-19 cases, according to San Juan Basin Public Health. In three weeks, the counties reported an increase of 72 cases among...
DATE: Oct. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News
The Farmington Regional Animal Shelter is tackling an animal surgery backlog, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the help of about $15,000 in donations. When the coronavirus pandemic struck New...
DATE: Oct. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News
When Momentum Fitness needed some tender loving financing to carry it through the COVID-19 pandemic, it turned to the Rapid Response and Recover Fund offered by First Southwest Community Fund....
DATE: Oct. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business
East by Southwest, a popular sushi, sashimi and Asian diner, is closing for several days after a waiter-trainee tested positive for COVID-19. Chef-owner Sergio Verduzco said the trainee last worked...
DATE: Oct. 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News
Fort Lewis College has seen a slight increase in the rate of new COVID-19 cases after a lull during the first month of the semester. In the last two weeks, 14 people tested positive for the disease...
DATE: Oct. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News
Top That Frozen Yogurt in downtown Durango faces possible enforcement actions after allegedly offering a discount to customers who came into the store without wearing a face covering. “This one is...
DATE: Oct. 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this week extended the state’s emergency public health order that was set to expire Friday and added more restrictive measures aimed at slowing the spread of...
DATE: Oct. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico
The town of Dolores is offering grants of up to $5,000 to businesses and nonprofits affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dolores Cares Coronavirus Relief Program has $40,000 available...
DATE: Oct. 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe reported its first positive COVID-19 case Wednesday since the pandemic broke out in March. In a news release, SUIT spokeswoman Lindsay Box said the person who tested...
DATE: Oct. 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News
A COVID-19 outbreak at a workplace has been reported at a Durango construction and trucking company, according to San Juan Basin Public Health. SJBPH spokeswoman Claire Ninde said in an emailed...
DATE: Oct. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, OR if you develop fever, cough, and shortness of breath, follow these instructions. These instructions are for people who have been told to isolate or who are voluntarily isolating due to symptoms.
How long does it last?
What else should I do?
Stay home, except to get medical care.
Monitor your symptoms
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
If possible, wear a facemask when you are around other people or pets, and before you enter a health care provider’s office.
If you are not sick, but think you may have been exposed (in close contact with someone) who is sick, follow these instructions. These instructions are for people who have been told to quarantine, or who are voluntarily quarantining because they have a household member or close contact that has tested positive for COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.
How long does it last?
What else should I do?
Stay home, or in your same location, except to get medical care.
Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who are sick or have been exposed to people who are sick. This can include people who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as people who have not been tested but have the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough and shortness of breath). Generally, as long as the site is suitable, a person’s residence is the preferred setting for quarantine and isolation, according to the CDC.
Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who are sick or have been exposed to people who are sick. This can include people who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as people who have not been tested but have the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough and shortness
of breath). Generally, as long as the site is suitable, a person’s residence is the preferred setting for quarantine and isolation, according to the CDC.
There is an expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel or new coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, China in early December 2019. This means that before this current outbreak, people had never experienced or been made sick by this virus. Cases have been detected in a number of countries, including the United States, with cases confirmed in Colorado.
**Colorado is experiencing limited community spread of COVID-19, meaning people are becoming infected and the source could not be identified. Learn more here. With community spread, the everyday precautions below and prevention for higher risk people becomes crucially important.
There is no vaccine for COVID-19, but there are many everyday actions you can take to protect yourself from getting COVID-19. These are the same actions that can protect you from getting any respiratory illness.
With the increased spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), social distancing, or an effort to reduce close contact between people and slow community transmission of the virus has become an increasingly vital strategy to fight the disease.
Social distancing is particularly important in protecting vulnerable populations from getting sick with COVID-19. This includes older adults, people with cardiac or lung illness, and people with diabetes.
Social distancing steps:
Social distancing is particularly important in protecting vulnerable populations from getting sick with COVID-19. This includes older adults, people with cardiac, lung, or kidney disease, and people with diabetes. People at higher risk should take action now to be prepared for this virus if there is an outbreak in their community. For people at higher risk, preparing means being ready to stay at home as much as possible if there is an outbreak in the community and paying extra attention to everyday actions like staying away from sick people, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding crowds.
Community interventions such as closures of public agencies, buildings, school, ski areas, libraries, and events are ways to create social distancing and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Through these closures, local public health officials, elected officials, school superintendents, and businesses owners are prioritizing the protection of the health of local residents and visitors. We also need your help in these efforts. Everyone’s daily preventive actions are important in reducing spread to people who may experience more severe illness.
Together, we can make a difference by committing to responsible choices that will best support our resilient community.
If you are at higher risk (including older adults and people with serious medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes) of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:
Since COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about the virus, the current understanding about how it spreads is largely based on what is known about similar respiratory illnesses.