“We hear you. Times have been tough and we’re all seeking some form of normalcy. As cases are rising it is important to continue to wear a mask, remain physically distanced, and avoid crowds to prevent the spread of COVID-19, influenza and other harmful viruses and disease,” stated Randy Evetts public health director at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.
With gatherings occurring, outbreaks in businesses and long-term care facility increasing, and school back in session public health noted these may contribute toward more people being tested resulting in more positive cases in Pueblo County.
The community is encouraged to stay home when feeling sick. Anyone who feels symptoms should contact their doctor and get tested. Free COVID-19 testing is offered at the Colorado State Fairgrounds Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturday of the month 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., preregistration is encouraged at www.pueblohealth.org/covid19.
Community COVID-19 testing site open Monday through Friday
Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site is open this week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Livestock Pavilion on the Colorado State Fairgrounds. Enter the site through Gate 4 off Mesa and Gaylord avenues. There is no limit to the number of people who can be tested per day.
Testing is encouraged for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, first responders, health care workers, critical infrastructure employees, teachers, and individuals who work in congregate settings. Test results are generally back within four days.
Important testing information:
- Testing is free
- Testing is administered by test site staff; self-swab testing is not available
- Testing is encouraged for individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Testing will be provided for anyone who feels the need to get tested for COVID-19
- Testing will be provided to individuals 2 years of age or older
- No insurance or physician referral is required
- Mask are required.
- There are resources on site for our Spanish-speaking population
- Pre-registration is recommended but not required
- Registration link can be found here: pueblohealth.org/covid19
Testing is drive-thru only, and individuals being tested must be in an enclosed vehicle wearing a mask. No bicycles, motorcycles or walk-ups are allowed. The site is open to neighboring counties.
Outbreak reported at Sushi Garden and University Park Care Center
Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced two new COVID-19 outbreaks in Pueblo County. The outbreaks were reported at Sushi Garden and University Park Care Center. The University Park Care Center outbreak was identified October 13, 2020. The Sushi Garden outbreak was identified October 14, 2020.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment an outbreak in a facility is defined as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 during a 14-day period. To date, Sushi Garden and University Park Care Center each have at least two positive cases. Pueblo County has had 34 reported outbreaks, 17 are active and 17 resolved.
Pueblo’s COVID-19 case updates
Health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced a Pueblo County resident has died related to COVID-19. A 94-year-old female who previously was reported positive for COVID-19 died. The reported deaths bring the total in Pueblo County to 39.