A late-winter squall dumps a foot of fresh powder on the Telluride ski area just in time for spring break tourists. Ski and snowboard gear and clothing adorn shop windows. Bicycles are parked on...
Montezuma County schools might be closed, but the food line is open. Dolores, Mancos and Montezuma-Cortez school districts are offering free lunches and breakfasts to students 18 and younger, in...
The Southern Ute Tribal Council issued a stay-at-home order and closed to visitors Wednesday, exempting only essential travel and work. As a sovereign nation, the tribe does not fall under...
The town of Bayfield declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bayfield followed emergency declarations from Colorado, La Plata County, Durango and Ignacio, making...
A snowboarder in his 30s was seriously injured after triggering an avalanche in the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains, requiring more than three dozen emergency personnel to be pulled away from...
San Juan Basin Public Health reported the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Archuleta County on Thursday. The test result came from an adult resident of the county. The health department declined...
While the news can seem a little heavy the past few weeks, there are still moments of brightness and beauty. Neighbors helping neighbors, webcasts of puppies, residents taking the necessary...
DATE: March 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Living
FARMINGTON – As the coronavirus spreads and people follow social-distancing protocols from public health experts, an unexpected side effect is a decrease in blood donations across the country,...
Colorado’s two U.S. senators said Wednesday they are in favor of a $2 trillion bill to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic The White House and the U.S. Senate reached agreement on...
WASHINGTON – Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., pleaded with Congress and President Donald Trump to do everything in their power to acquire the medical supplies and equipment health professionals and...
Health officials in Southwest Colorado have confirmed more positive cases of the coronavirus, including one local health care worker, which will likely result in more strict measures to reduce the...
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.