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UPDATE SAGUACHE COUNTY GOVERNMENT SERVICES DURING COVID-19

UPDATED 04-22-2020

In an effort to slow the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community,
Saguache County government will have limited access to buildings 
beginning Monday, April 27, 2020. 

In an effort to move forward with our job duties, a decision was made
to begin integrating the public back into the county sector.  

Staff will be providing limited essential services via phone and online avenues.
In-person contact for receiving essential services will have limited restrictions during this time. 

These adjustments to county services and public access will be in place until further notice.

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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 01/14/2021

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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COVID 19 Saguache County Release Oct 10

Saguache County Release Oct 10, 2020

Saguache County has experienced a positive COVID 19 case within county staff, and as a result of this all Saguache County buildings, including the Saguache County Courthouse are implementing the following procedure immediately.

County departments will continue to serve the public by appointment only. Visitors to the County Courthouse, will need to make an appointment in advance with the appropriate department. Upon arrival, there will be a health screening for each visitor. All visitors and employees are required to maintain recommended distancing to the greatest extent possible, and to wear a mask at all times while in the building. 

If you are visiting the court system you will need to contact the court system at 719-655-2522 for their procedure.

"We are being proactive to keep our employees and the public safe and healthy while we continue to attend to the business of the County,” said County Commissioner Jason Anderson. 

Saguache County, in consultation with the state and local public health department, is also investigating additional COVID-19 exposure at the Saguache County Jail. 

PUBLIC HEALTH VARIANCE REQUEST-SAFER AT HOME

MAY 15th 2020

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.

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