Coronavirus in Southern Colorado: The lastest from the region and Colorado

Monday March 23, 2020

7:20 p.m. | Parkview Hospital is treating COVID-19 patients from neighboring counties

Leslie Barnes, CEO of Parkview Hospital, briefed the City of Pueblo that her facility had admitted the Huerfano County man who was confirmed to have COVID-19

Barnes said Parkview had five confirmed positives — three from Pueblo, one from Crowley County and the one announced today.

The Crowley County person was admitted to Parkview but succumbed to the virus last week.

Testing: Barnes said while tests are extremely limited, in-patients who show symptoms are given a test. Parkview has performed 102 tests with 61 pending.

“That is troublesome to us,” said Barnes. “We are still waiting on results some up to 7 days.”

Adding Parkview’s tests with the 90 tests administered at the National Guard / CDPHE mobile lab last week, and the 15 tests given at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital — that means around 207 tests have been given in totel.

Supplies: Barnes told the city that as of Monday evening, her hospital was well-stocked on PPE, “[Parkview] is in pretty good shape.” She told the city, the hospital is being very careful in what they use.

According to her, Parkview has 300 available beds. 42 critical ICU beds and 42 ventilators. 

What this means: Pueblo is starting to see the first patients filtering from neighboring counties. Even if Pueblo keeps its Coronavirus spread to a minimum an outbreak in a rural county would put pressure on Pueblo’s capacity.

5:20 p.m. | Las Animas-Huerfano County Health announces first COVID-19 case.

A press release by Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department in the Trinidad Chronicle-News says it has confirmed a positive case. The patient is a 64 year old male.

4:45 p.m. | Fremont County Reports First COVID-19 Case

Fremont County Department sent out a press release stating they have their first positive case on Monday afternoon. The individual is an adult female according to the statement.

An epidemiological investigation has has begun by health officials.

4:05 p.m. | Updated Official Colorado Numbers

*The data from the CDPHE is data through 3/22.
720 cases
72 hospitalized
31 counties
6,224 people tested
7 deaths
5 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities

3-22-20 CDPHE Numbers.png
CDPHE / https://covid19.colorado.gov/case-data

Alamosa 0
Baca 0
Bent 0
Chaffee 3
Conejos 0
Costilla 0
Crowley 1
Custer 0
El Paso 69
Fremont 0
Huerfano 0
Kiowa 0
Las Animas 0
Otero 0
Prowers 0
Pueblo 3
Rio Grande 0
Saguache 0
Teller 3

2:00 p.m. | Pueblo County: Still at 3 confirmed COVID-19 Cases

In their afternoon email briefing, Pueblo Health reported that the number of cases still remained at 3 cases. They are awaiting results from the CDPHE mobile testing lab.

1:30 p.m. | Nat’l Guard lab heading to Montrose

The Associated Press is reporting that CDPHE and the National Guard will take their mobile testing lab to Montrose.

DENVER — Colorado’s health department said it was sending COVID-19 testing kits Monday to another mountain community as it works to learn the extent of the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said the kits would be used for a drive-through testing site operated by the Colorado National Guard in Montrose County. It will serve about 100 high-risk patients who have been pre-selected by doctors for testing.

The National Guard unit has tested more than 800 people in Denver, Telluride, Pueblo and Salida since March 11, the department said.

1:30 p.m. | Denver Mayor announces ‘stay-at-home order’ for Denver

Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock announced on Monday, that liquor stores, breweries, recreational marijuana dispanseries (medical open) and parks will be closed.

Denverites can still get groceries, medicine and go on walks or hikes but must maintain social distancing.

9:01 a.m. | Pueblo County Health: No additional COVID-19 Positives

In their delay email briefing, Pueblo County Department of Health and Environment said there were no new cases in Pueblo.

The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment has pending COVID-19 test results from previous weeks, the average time for results has been 5-7 days. Currently Pueblo has three confirmed cases.

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