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COVID-19 – Current News and Information

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Colorado and Chaffee County Coronavirus Cases Continue to Climb

The numbers continue to rise, as the coronavirus pandemic known as COVID-19 continues its attack; passing one million cases globally and more than 300,000 U.S. cases.  As of 4 p.m. Sat. April 4, Colorado had 4,565 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Chaffee County had 21 confirmed cases, with many tests still pending.

Colorado Surge still weeks ahead, Supplies of PPE Questionable

Supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), critical to health care workers as the COVID-19...

Final Hours for the ‘This IS Love’ Auction to Support Chaffee Small Businesses

“This auction is built on the love for our small businesses in Buena Vista, Salida and Poncha Springs. Unity is our greatest strength. Let’s be strong and support each other.”

‘How Are You Doing?’ Asks the Chaffee Public Health Survey Questionnaire

  Solvista Health has teamed up with Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) to create a way to...

Chaffee County Emergency Relief Fund Awards First Grants

“The most meaningful support we receive invariably comes from the people closest to us. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF), I want to thank our community for its generous support of the CCCF Emergency Response Fund (ERF).”
Dr. Ed Cooper
CCCF Board of Directors

Letter to the Community: A Message from David Blackburn, Salida Public Schools

The governor and public health orders now allow us to move forward with supporting families with distance learning. This is an important clarification as we do not expect “in-person” instruction to resume this academic school year. Students must engage the learning in order to complete the year. Our first focus is graduating Seniors and getting high school students complete credits for the school year.
David Blackburn
Salida School District

Colorado Public Health Dept. Updates COVID-19 Testing Strategy

“Right now, due to limited supplies of testing kits and personal protective equipment, testing needs to be focused on the people who are the most at-risk from this disease and the people in charge of caring for and keeping the rest of us safe. It’s important to protect the most critical element of the healthcare system.We are working hard to get the supplies and capacity to move to broader public testing, but until then our message remains the same: if you have only mild symptoms, self-isolate and don’t wait for a test.”
Scott Bookman,
CDPHE COVID-19 Incident Commander.

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