The rate of COVID-19 illness in the San Luis Valley has begun to decrease. There are currently 175 known active cases of COVID-19 in the San Luis Valley. One week ago we had 219 active cases. Active case counts and other data are being updated weekdays at https://www.slvphp.com/slv-regional-covid-dial.
Alamosa County - 98
Conejos County - 39
Costilla County - 10
Mineral County - 2
Rio Grande County - 18
Saguache County - 7
The risk of infection is still elevated for those who are not yet vaccinated, so please take precautions to protect yourself and others by keeping gatherings small and wearing a mask in public indoor spaces. If you feel sick, get tested for COVID-19, and stay away from others.
Even if you have already had COVID-19, vaccination is recommended. Having had COVID-19 does not necessarily mean you are immune from COVID-19. We all respond differently to infection and our immune systems vary in building “memory cells”. Re-infection is possible if it has been more than 90 days since you were infected with the virus. Getting vaccinated builds a consistent level of immunity that prevents the spread of the virus in our community. Getting the vaccine after you have recovered is an important health step to take.
The number of San Luis Valley residents who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is 16,817, an increase of 939 since last week’s report. There are many ways to get the vaccine, including confidential scheduled appointments. See www.slvphp.com to sign up online with one of our local vaccine providers (hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and public health agencies), or call 719-480-8719 if you need help finding a convenient provider for your situation. Special events coming up in various locations are listed below:
Centennial School, San Luis, Wednesday May 26st, 9am-12noon. CDPHE vaccine bus with J&J and Pfizer, ages 12+
Adams State Plachy Hall, Tuesday May 25, 1pm-7pm, CDPHE vaccine bus with J&J and Pfizer, ages 12+
Adams Street/Main Street, Monte Vista, Wednesday May 26, 2pm-4pm, CDPHE vaccine bus with J&J and Pfizer, ages 12 and above
Simple Foods Market, Del Norte, Thursday June 3, 10am - 6pm, CDPHE vaccine bus with J&J and Pfizer, ages 12 and above
Rio Grande County Courthouse, Del Norte, Friday June 4, 10am-6pm, CDPHE vaccine bus with J&J and Pfizer, ages 12 and above
RGC Del Norte Annex (besides the Courthouse), Wednesday (5/26) and Friday (5/28), 9am-3:30pm, Moderna vaccine, ages 18 and above
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, call to be screened for testing.
Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990
SLV Health Respiratory Clinic 719-589-3000 ext. 9
Valley-Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext. 4 (M-F), 719-589-2562 (Sa/Su)
Additional FREE testing opportunity Friday, May 28, 11am-2pm at Conejos County Public Health, 19023 Hwy 285 in La Jara. For quickest service, pre-register at www.affinityecarecolorado.com.
For many, the pandemic has taken a toll on mental and emotional health. The Colorado Spirit Crisis Counseling Program can help. Services include individual and group counseling, stress management, community education, and resources and referral. Call (719) 480-2650 for more information.