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2020-08-21 11:15:39


The situations, numbers, and data described below was current as of Friday 8/21/2020 at approximately 10:45am.


8/21/2020 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update #1

Please take the time to read and understand this entire message.

Internet links: Before I send out each update, I check the links to make sure they are active. However, links do change from time to time, so the links I sent out today may not be the same tomorrow. You may have to search around a bit.

Hello to all, and happy Friday! Below are a number of COVID-19 updates for you.

Belligerent Business Employees: Last week I shared some information with you about local businesses experiencing belligerent customers. After this information was released, I received a report of business employees acting in a similar way toward customers. Please remember that being kind, and not confrontational, does go both ways. We are in this together.

What It Looks Like Today: Good news, our downward trend in cases continues from our peak in late July/early August 2020. Let’s keep trending downward by doing our part! Some positive news to head into our weekend.

Protect Our Neighbor (PON) Certification Status: With our decreasing case rates, we are heading in the right direction for PON certification. Let’s all do our part so we can get PON certified and keep it. It is up to us.

Variance Status: As of the time of this writing our variance is still in place.

Back To School: Yes, it is that time of year once again, except this year is quite different because we have to contend with COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some really good information to help parents and caregivers, check it out:
ü Decision –Making Tool:…/…/schools-childcare/decision-tool.html
ü Checklist for Families:…/schools-childca…/parent-checklist.html

Make no mistake, going back to school poses a risk. The measures put in place by the schools, parents, and students do not eliminate the risk of COVID-19 exposure, but it does reduce it. This is why we must all work together (parents, students, schools, OCHD) to reduce that risk as much as possible. It is not just the schools’ responsibility. It is up to all of us, so let’s be determined to do our part!

Summaries: The data below was taken directly from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) website. Remember, this data will change after the website is updated. According to CDPHE, “This summary only includes data through August 19 and does not reflect cases since then. Additionally, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 includes data through Saturday, August 15, and does not reflect cases since then.”
a. Crowley County
ü Total Cases: 73
ü Total COVID Related Deaths: 1
ü Facility Outbreaks (
o Crowley County Correctional Facility
§ Status: Resolved
§ Number of prisoners positive for COVID (lab confirmed): 66
§ Number of staff positive for COVID (lab confirmed): 4
b. Otero County
ü Total Cases: 79
ü Total COVID Related Deaths: 6
ü Facility Outbreaks (
§ Pioneer Healthcare Center
· Status: Active
· Number of residents positive for COVID (lab confirmed): 19
· Number of staff positive for COVID-19 (lab confirmed): 13
· Number of COVID related deaths (lab confirmed): 5
§ Lewis Bolt and Nut
· Status: Active
· Number of staff positive for COVID (lab confirmed): 3
· Number of staff with probable COVID (NOT lab confirmed): 6
ü CDPHE case count website:
o Scroll down until you see the Colorado map, and then select “Case Counts” from the dropdown box on the upper right side of the map.
c. State of Colorado (
ü 54,230 cases
ü 146 patients currently hospitalized for confirmed COVID-19 (view hospital data:
ü 63 counties (view incidence and epidemic curve data:
ü 651,250 people tested
ü 1,903 deaths among cases
ü 1,815 deaths due to COVID-19
ü 566 outbreaks (view outbreak data:
d. United States
ü Cases: 5,506,929
ü Deaths: 172,416
ü Website:…/2019-n…/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html

What can you do RIGHT NOW?
ü Read, understand, and comply with public health orders! Public health orders can be found here:…/public-health-executive-orde…
ü Stay home if you are sick and, if needed, call your medical provider.
ü Wear an appropriate mask if you must go out for an essential activity.
ü If you are in a high risk group, take extra precautions.
ü Cover your cough and/or sneeze.
ü Keep your fingers and hands away from your face.
ü Wash your hands a lot.
ü Stay informed by trusted and reliable sources. Be careful about believing what you read on social media sites. Trusted sources/websites:
o Centers for Disease Control:
o Colorado State Health Department:
ü Do these things so you will be prepared, and not scared.
ü And remember, “This too shall pass.”

It is up to us.

Richard Ritter, Executive Director
Otero County Health Department
13 West 3rd Street, Room 111
La Junta, Colorado 81050
719-383-3045 (Office)
719-383-3060 (Fax)

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