Otero County Health Department Covid Update Oct. 9th

Description: The most recent update on covid from the Otero/Crowley County Health Department.

The Most Recent Covid Update 



The situations, numbers, website links, data, and etc. described below were current as of Friday 10/9/2020 at approximately 7:07 am. 


10/9/2020 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update #1

Please take the time to read and understand this entire message.


Internet links:  Before I send out each update, I check the links to make sure they are active.  However, links do change from time to time, so the links I sent out today may not be the same tomorrow.  You may have to search around a bit.


Hello to all, below are some COVID-19 updates for you:

  1. Updated School Guidance:  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has very recently updated its guidance for schools.  This new guidance went into effect this week on Monday, 10/5/2020.  You can check out the new school guidance here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/16g-2exA5iRt4F5mIvy1WDuAkjRRwzWJw/view
  2. Bent, Crowley, and Otero (BCO) Counties Protect Our Neighbors (PON) Application Submission:  Earlier this week I received a call from CDPHE letting me know that our BCO region is currently ineligible for PON certification because we have exceeded the PON threshold (under the two-week average molecular test positivity rate metric) of 50 cases/100,000 population rate.  Our BCO rate was 56.46 for the 2 week period of 9/20/2020-10/3/2020.  Let’s work together to get that rate down, keep it down, and get PON certified!  Read more about PON here:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/protect-our-neighbors
  3. Third Amended PHO 20-32 Protect Our Neighbors:  Please find attached the Third Amended Public Health Order (PHO) 20-32 for Protect Our Neighbors (PON).  Per CDPHE, “This is mostly just an extension, with some clean up on the language describing P-12 and higher education in the critical business/services list in Appendix A.” 
  4. Halloween COVID-19 Guidance:  Halloween is coming up quickly, and we want our trick or treaters to stay safe!  Before heading out for treats, please make sure to take a look at this information first: 

ü  CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween

ü  CDPHE:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/halloween-tips-and-tricks

  1. School Webpages:  Please visit these websites for school-specific information and updates regarding COVID-19. 

a.       Cheraw:  https://www.cheraw.k12.co.us/

b.      Crowley County:  http://www.cck12.net/

c.       Fowler:  http://www.fowler.k12.co.us/

d.      La Junta:  https://www.lajuntaschools.org/

e.       Manzanola:  https://www.manzanola.k12.co.us/

f.       OJC:  https://www.ojc.edu/

g.      Rocky Ford:  https://www.rockyfordk12.org/

h.      Swink:  https://www.swinkk12.net/


  1. Summaries

a.       CDPHE COVID-19 Data Webpage:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/data

b.      Crowley County (numbers are cumulative)

ü  Total Cases:  74

o   Change from last Friday’s update:  Zero cases added.

ü  Total COVID Related Deaths:  1

ü  Facility Outbreaks

o   Crowley County Correctional Facility

§  Status:  Resolved

§  Number of prisoners positive for COVID (lab confirmed):  66

§  Number of staff positive for COVID (lab confirmed):  4

c.       Otero County (numbers are cumulative)

ü  Total Cases:  107

o   Change from last Friday’s update:  Seven cases added.

ü  Total COVID Related Deaths:  6

ü  Facility Outbreaks

o   Lewis Bolt and Nut

§  Status:  Active

§  Number of staff positive for COVID-19 (lab confirmed):  3

§  Number of staff with probable COVID-19 (NOT lab confirmed):  11

o   Pioneer Healthcare Center

§  Status:  Resolved

§  Number of residents positive for COVID (lab confirmed):  20

§  Number of staff positive for COVID-19 (lab confirmed):  14

§  Number of COVID related deaths (lab confirmed):  5

o   Swink High School

§  Status:  Active

§  Number of staff with probable COVID-19 (NOT lab confirmed):  1

§  Number of attendees who are positive for COVID-19 (lab confirmed):  2

§  Number of attendees with probable COVID-19 (NOT lab confirmed):  9

d.      State of Colorado (numbers are cumulative) (https://covid19.colorado.gov/data)

ü  75,785 cases

ü  7,834 hospitalized

ü  64 counties

ü  984,996 people tested

ü  2,095 deaths among cases

ü  1,997 deaths due to COVID-19

ü  846 outbreaks (view outbreak data:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/outbreak-data)

ü  COVID-19 Dial Dashboard:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial/covid-19-dial-dashboard

e.       United States (numbers are cumulative)

ü  Total Cases:  7,528,313

ü  Total Deaths: 211,132

ü  Data Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

o   Website:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html 

f.       Global (number are cumulative)

ü  Confirmed Cases:  36,237,403

ü  Deaths:  1,054,868

ü  Data Source:  Who Health Organization (WHO)

o   Website:  https://covid19.who.int/


  1. What can you do RIGHT NOW?

ü  Read, understand, and comply with public health orders!  Public health orders can be found here:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/prepare-protect-yourself/prevent-the-spread/public-health-executive-orders

ü  Limit workplace violence:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/business-employers/limit-workplace-violence.html

ü  Stay home if you are sick and, if needed, call your medical provider.

ü  Wear an appropriate mask if you must go out for an essential activity.

ü  If you are in a high risk group, take extra precautions.

ü  Cover your cough and/or sneeze.

ü  Keep your fingers and hands away from your face.

ü  Wash your hands a lot.

ü  Stay informed by trusted and reliable sources.  Be careful about believing what you read on social media sites.  Trusted sources/websites:

o   Otero County Health Department (OCHD):  https://www.oterogov.com

o   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  https://www.cdc.gov

o   Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE):  https://covid19.colorado.gov/

ü  Do these things so you will be prepared, and not scared.

ü  And remember, “This too shall pass.”


It is up to us.


Richard Ritter, Executive Director

Otero County Health Department

13 West 3rd Street, Room 111

La Junta, Colorado 81050

719-383-3045 (Office)

719-383-3060 (Fax)