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UPDATE SAGUACHE COUNTY GOVERNMENT SERVICES DURING COVID-19

UPDATED 01/19/2021

Saguache County Offices are Open.
Masks are required.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Appointments are recommended.
Click here for a full directory of all Saguache County Phone numbers and email contacts 


VACCINATIONS:

Saguache County Public Health is currently authorized to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to
high- and moderate-risk health care workers, first responders, and individuals age 70 and above.

Residents age 70 and above, can call Saguache County Public Health at: 719-655-2533
or visit bit.ly/saguache-vaccine-reg to register online.

The Public Health Dept. offers the following services:

• Home and Community Based Services
• Regional and County Disaster Preparedness
• HCP for Children With Special Needs
• Nursing Services - Immunization and Vaccination Fees
• Prevention Services
• Communicable Disease Investigation and Information
• Public Health Educational Programs

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Saguache County Public Health COVID-19 Update, 01/20/2021

January 20, 2021 Saguache County Launches Online Vaccination Waitlist Form.

 

SAGUACHE COUNTY - Residents can fill out this form to be placed on our COVID-19 vaccination waitlist: bit.ly/saguache-vaccine-reg

 

We are currently authorized to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to high- and moderate-risk health care workers, first responders, and individuals age 70 and above.  Residents age 70 and above can still call Saguache County Public Health at: 719-655-2533 to get on the vaccination wait list.

Please, either use the online form or call (do not do both).

Getting vaccinated is one of the major steps you can take to get you and your loved ones closer to the life we all miss. Get the facts today so you can make an informed decision when it’s your turn for the vaccine. Get the facts at: www.COCovidVaccine.org    

When it’s your turn, and you choose to get the vaccine, you’ll know you’ve helped protect yourself and others -- and that you’re doing your part to help end the crisis caused by the pandemic, to save lives, and to help our community recover.

Whether you are a U.S. citizen or not, we are all in this together. If you would like a vaccine, you will be able to get one according to what vaccine phase you are in. Identification is not required for access to the vaccine. State and local public health agencies will never share your information for any immigration or law enforcement purposes.

Until the vaccine is widely available, and enough people are vaccinated to protect entire communities, we all need to continue to wear masks, avoid gatherings, stay home when we’re sick, wash our hands, and stay away from others when we must go out.

 

For updates visit our website: https://www.saguachecounty.net/index.php/departments/public-health

And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saguachehealth

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Media questions: 719-588-0197

Saguache County Public Health COVID-19 Update 01/14/2021

Saguache County COVID-19 Vaccination Update; 301 people immunized with first dose.

Yesterday, Saguache County Public Health administered 120 COVID-19 vaccinations to first responders and county residents age 70 and above.  Saguache County Public Health have immunized a total of 301 people with their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.  These individuals have also been scheduled to receive a second dose. 

Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two doses. The Moderna vaccine requires two doses 28 days apart. COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable. The second dose of any COVID-19 vaccine must be completed with the same vaccine product as the first dose.  We strongly recommend that you get both doses from the same vaccine provider. Because of limited vaccine supply, we need to place the order for your second dose after administering your first dose.  This process ensures that the State’s weekly allocation from the federal government will have enough second doses of the same vaccine product at the right time.

Please, help us make sure that no vaccine goes to waste.  If you have been given an appointment for a vaccine, it is important that you keep it.

We are currently authorized to provide vaccinations to those in the Colorado Phase 1A and those “above the dotted line” in Phase 1B. This includes high- and moderate-risk health care workers, first responders, and individuals age 70 and above.

We expect it will take several months before everyone who wants a vaccine can get one because of limited availability. Prioritizing health care workers and first responders, who are on the front lines of the pandemic and are directly exposed to COVID-19 as part of their jobs, will help us save lives in the next few months.

Statewide, it is estimated that we will be able to move “below the line” in Phase 1B around the first of March. That group will include certain high-risk frontline essential workers, such as those in education, food and agriculture.  It is estimated we will reach Phase 2 in the spring. Phase 2 includes those age 60 and older, those with underlying health conditions, and an expanded pool of essential workers. By summer, we expect to be able to offer vaccinations to others in the general public.

COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be very effective in preventing symptoms of the disease. However, current information suggests it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 may still have a mild or asymptomatic infection or spread the virus to others. We still need everyone to do their part to prevent the spread of the virus. Wear a mask, keep 6 feet of distance from others who do not live with you, avoid gatherings, wash your hands often, and stay home when you are sick.

For updates visit our website: https://www.saguachecounty.net/index.php/departments/public-health

And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saguachehealth

Residents age 70 or above, call Saguache County Public Health at: 719-655-2533 to get on the vaccination wait list.

Thank you for your patience as we work through our vaccination plan. We will get a vaccination to everyone who wants one; however, this will take time.

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Media questions: 719-588-0197

COVID Vaccination Update:

The Crestone vaccination location has changed to the Baca Grande Emergency Services "Crew House" - North of the Baca Library.
 
Saguache County Public Health is now making appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations for county residents that are high- and moderate-risk health care workers, first responders, and county residents age 70 and above. Supplies are limited. Appointments are required. Call 719-655-2533.  
We are hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics in:

Saguache; Thursday, January 7th, 10AM - 4PM
Center; Friday, January 8th, 10AM - 4PM
Crestone; Wednesday, January 13th, 10AM - 4PM
Wear your mask!  Stay in your car until instructed to come inside.
 
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Saguache County Public Health COVID-19 Update, 01/04/2021

Saguache County Public Health COVID-19 Update, 01/04/2021

Saguache County Public Health is currently in COVID Vaccination Phase 1B.  We are currently vaccinating healthcare workers and first responders.  Soon, we will start to incorporate county residents age 70+.

This vaccination process will take time. We will update you regularly. We will make it clear when we are ready for the vaccination of county residents age 70+.  Currently, we ask that you do not contact us directly. When the time comes, we will provide next steps for county residents age 70+.

Our commitment is to provide the clearest information we can and to distribute COVID-19 vaccine(s) in the most efficient and equitable manner possible.

We appreciate your patience as we work through our vaccination plan.  

 

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UPDATED! PUBLIC HEALTH VARIANCE REQUEST-SAFER AT HOME

This Public Health Safer-at-Home Plan is being issued to continue to limit the health impacts of COVID-19. This Plan implements measures to allow Limited re-opening of certain industries and businesses in Saguache County while maintaining sustainable levels of social distancing. This Plan continues social distancing requirements for all residents and Stay-at-Home requirements for vulnerable populations pursuant to Executive Order D 2020 017. This plan is effective within the entirety of Saguache Co1.U1ty, including all cities and towns within the County.

 

PDF File contains info on:

  • DESCRIPTION OF SAGUACHE COUNTY
  • BACKGROUND
  • LEGAL AUTHORITY
  • SAGUACHE COUNTY SUPPRESSION PLAN AND GENERAL GUIDANCE
  • DURATION
  • ADDENDUM FROM HEART OF THE ROCKIES MEDICAL CENTER

Additional information about:

  • RESTAURANTS
  • PLACES OF WORSHIP
  • RECREATION
  • MOTELS, BED & BREAKFASTS AND AIR BNBS

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF FILE

 

 

 

 

Public Health - "Safer at Home" Guidelines starting May 1st, 2020

April 30, 2020 

Dear Business Owner, 

With this week’s statewide shift to “Safer-at-Home”, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to navigate this transition safely and successfully. We recognize the vital role that business plays in the health of our community. 

Retail and personal services are permitted to open on May 1st. Non-critical offices may resume on May 4th

All operating businesses must implement best practices for worksites and employees as listed here:
https://covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home 

Read more: Public Health - "Safer at Home" Guidelines starting May 1st, 2020

FOURTH AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

FOURTH AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER RELATING TO NON­RESIDENTS (INCLUDING NON-RESIDENT HOMEOWNERS) AND IMPOSING ISOLATION OR QUARANTINE FOR THOSE WHO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF SAGUACHE COUNTY.

THIS ORDER SUPERSEDES ANY AND ALL PREVIOUS ORDERS ISSUED BY SAGUACHE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH. EFFECTIVE APRIL 8th, 2020.

Pursuant to Colo. Rev. Stat.§ 25-1-506 and other applicable authority, this Order sets forth guidance and requirements for, as well as limitations on, group gatherings to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The purpose of these amendments is to amend and clarify the existing Order in response to inquiries received from elected officials and the public, and to expand protection for At Risk Persons (as defined in this Order). For the avoidance of doubt, this Order should be construed to eliminate all non-essential services or non-essential sales of goods, and should be construed in the light most favorable to preventing the community spread of COVID-19.

On March 10, 2020, the Governor of Colorado declared a state of Emergency related to the presence of COVID-19 in the State. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has confirmed that COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the State of Colorado.

Read more: FOURTH AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

San Luis Valley COVID-19 Online Symptom Tracker

San Luis Valley online symptom tracker: www.slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19

Completing this form is anonymous. Most people who get COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms and not require direct medical care; however, the information collected through this form regarding any symptoms helps local public health response teams understand and track the spread of COVID-19 in the San Luis Valley.

This survey does NOT take the place of consulting with your primary care provider or a nurse line. If you are experiencing symptoms that require medical care, please call your healthcare provider or a nurse call line at: 
San Luis Valley Health 719-589-2511 ext 9; Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990; Valley Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext 9.

If you are having difficulty breathing or another medical emergency, dial 911.  

For More Information:

SLV COVID general questions 9am-3pm: 719-480-8719 for English, or 719-315-5019 for Spanish.

You may also email your questions to  

CO HELP line 1-877-462-2911 (English and Spanish) for Colorado general information.
Colorado updates and guidance: https://covid19.colorado.gov
CDC updates and guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Small Business - www.choosecolorado.com
Volunteer or Donate - www.helpcoloradonow.org  

Saguache Public Health Dept Letter to County

March 25, 2020

Dear Saguache County Community Members,

We amended our Public Health Order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased by the compliance from the residents who are committed to do all they can to slow the spread of this disease.

I have been informed there are members of our community who feel that this amendment does not go far enough. I want you to know that I hear your concerns. The precautions laid out in this most recent order have been made in consultation with experts in the field of epidemiology and public health, and have taken into account our county’s specific needs. At this time, we are not planning to issue another amendment. The amended Public Health Order should be considered a minimum level of precaution. We encourage all individuals and families who feel they need to take extra precautions above and beyond the level of what is in our amended order to do so.

As I am writing this letter, I am aware that Governor Polis has issued additional statewide restrictions. Please stay up to date with what is happening at the State level as well as the County level, and continue to comply with whatever the tightest restrictions are.

Colorado State Government Info on COVID-19 Outbreak

Colorado Executive Order Ordering Coloradans to Stay at Home Due to the Presence of COVID-19 in the StateOrdering Coloradans to Stay at Home Due to the Presence of COVID-19 in the State

UPDATED COLORADO PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 20-24 Implementing Stay at Home Requirements

It is a privilege to serve this county, and I appreciate the good support that you have given so far to our health care providers and first responders who continue to work so hard, and the support that you have given me and the rest of our Saguache County local government. We are truly doing our best with our county’s well-being in mind.

Respectfully, 

Lynette Grant RN

Saguache County Public Health Director

 

Download the letter on Public Health Dept Stationery here

THIRD AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER RELATED TO EVENTS

THIRD AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER RELATED TO EVENTS

THIS ORDER SUPSEEDS ANY AND ALL PREVIOUS ORDERS ISSUED BY SAGUACHE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH.  EFFECTIVE MARCH 24, 2020

 

Pursuant to Colo. Rev. Stat. § 25-1-506 and other applicable authority, this Order sets forth guidance and requirements for, as well as limitations on, group gatherings to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The purpose of these amendments is to amend and clarify the existing Order in response to inquiries received from elected officials and the public, and to expand protection for At Risk Persons (as defined in this Order). For the avoidance of doubt, this Order should be construed to eliminate all non-essential services or non-essential sales of goods, and should be construed in the light most favorable to preventing the community spread of COVID-19.

On March 10, 2020, the Governor of Colorado declared a state of Emergency related to the presence of COVID-19 in the State. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has confirmed that COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the State of Colorado.

Read more: THIRD AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER RELATED TO EVENTS

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