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Most Southern Colorado counties still show 0 positive cases COVIDs

The good news across Southern Colorado is the map of Coronavirus cases shows zero’s for many rural counties. In Otero, Prowers and Bent Counties 0, Baca 0. Las Animas and Huerfano 0. Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla 0.

The COVID-19 postive cases are:

  • El Paso 57
  • Pueblo 3
  • Chaffee 3
  • Crowley 1

But this will be the critical week to see how expanded testing and community spread impacts those Southern Colorado.

On Monday morning, the Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told NBC, “I want America to understand this week, “it’s going to get bad.” With CDPHE saying it was sending its mobile unit to Montrose County, more positive results are likley by the end of the week. 

State Numbers: Why are CDPHE’s numbers different from your local county’s numbers? There is a one-day delay from when a local county reports when the state includes those cases in their report. Some counties have been announcing presumptive positive cases, but those cases have to found positive by the CDPHE to be included. That’s why Fremont and Custer County still show 0 positive cases.

The Local Picture:

  • El Paso County continues to see increases: up to 57 Sunday night. El Paso has roughly similar positives cases, as does the entire state of New Mexico. 
  • Chaffee County (Salida) will be one to watch as other mountain communities with ski resort tourism such as Vail, Telluride and Aspen has seen extreme spread.
  • Pueblo County is waiting for CDPHE’s mobile lab results. They are expected Monday. 
  • Rural SE and San Luis Valley – 0’s for now. And that is a good thing. If state and local authorities slowed this down with social separation, the hope is those numbers remain 0 to low. But with limited testing, fewer people, and more limited health care capacity, it’s too early to say. Seeing no or few cases means success for these areas.
  • Northern New Mexico spread: On Sunday, New Mexico announced it had 65 cases of COVID-19. With the San Luis Valley’s deep familial ties and travel between the two areas, San Luis Valley may have to keep a close eye on what’s happening in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos as well as in-State spread. 

Big picture: All eyes are on El Paso and Chaffee County early this week. If Chaffee only sees a trickle of cases, that is a good thing.