Costilla County Public Health Update: Feb. 16, 2021

SAN LUIS VALLEY- The San Luis Valley COVID-19 vaccination task force met on Tuesday to coordinate vaccination efforts. All participating vaccine providers confirmed that they have waiting lists. As vaccine shipments are received, providers are working their way through their waiting lists and scheduling appointments for those who are currently eligible. If you have signed up on one of these lists, you will not receive a call until the provider is able to schedule an appointment for you. If you manage to get a vaccine elsewhere while you are waiting for an appointment, please call and have yourself removed from any waiting lists that you signed up for. Removing yourself from other waitlists once you have been vaccinated allows our vaccinating providers more time to get out vaccine to those who still need it. Please also plan to receive your second dose with the same provider where you received your first dose. 


Some pharmacies are now able to offer the vaccine, with limited supplies. To sign up, see the vaccine provider list at the end of this article. 


A new single-dose vaccine from Johnson and Johnson is going through the process to receive Emergency Use Authorization for use against COVID-19. It works in a different way than the vaccines which are already in use. We will share more details about the new vaccine as it becomes available over the coming weeks, if and when it is approved for use. 


Colorado has a new 24/7 phone line for information about COVID-19 vaccines.  Call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). Answers are available in multiple languages. 


The long duration of this pandemic has been challenging in many ways-- socially, economically, and emotionally. The Colorado Spirit Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) offers community-based crisis counseling, help with disaster coping strategies, education, and more. Get information at or call 719-587-5673. 


There are currently 90 known active cases of COVID-19 in the San Luis Valley. County-specific case counts are listed below, along with what each county is in on the Dial. 

Alamosa County - 37 - Yellow

Conejos County -9 - Yellow

Costilla County - 3- Yellow

Mineral County - 0 - Yellow

Rio Grande County - 30 - Yellow

Saguache County - 11 - Blue



To pursue testing for COVID-19 through our regular testing providers call:

  • Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990

  • SLVHealth Respiratory Clinic 719-589-3000 ext. 9 

  • Valley-Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext. 4 (M-F), 719-589-2562 (Sa/Su)



In most cases, appointments are required. To sign up to receive a vaccine, contact one of the local providers below.  If you have an appointment and you can’t make it, please call to cancel so that no vaccine is wasted. 

Rio Grande Hospital - (719) 657-2418 or

SLV Health - (719) 587-1355 or

Valley-Wide Health Systems - (719) 587-9610 or 

Alamosa County Public Health - (719) 589-6639 or

Conejos County Public Health - 719-274-4307 

Costilla County Public Health - (719) 672-3332 or

Silver Thread Public Health - (719) 658-2416 or

Rio Grande County Public Health - (719) 657-3352 or 

Saguache County Public Health - 719-655-2533 or

City Market Pharmacy - sign up at

Safeway Pharmacy - sign up at

Walgreens Pharmacy - sign up at

Walmart Pharmacy – sign up at