FARMINGTON – Public access to the San Juan River opened quietly on Memorial Day weekend, but as the news spread on social media and through word of mouth, anglers flocked into the water in boats...
DATE: June 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Monday extended his safer-at-home coronavirus directive until July 1 with some modifications giving more leeway for the state’s older residents. “It may feel like we...
DATE: June 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News
DENVER – The head of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said Friday the department supports a Colorado church’s claim that state measures to combat the coronavirus discriminate...
DATE: June 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News
Jefferson County, like the rest of Colorado, reopened restaurants and loosened restrictions on people’s movement this week. But Clear Creek, one of its most popular draws, will remain closed ....
DATE: June 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News
Independent candidates running for La Plata County commissioner seats will hold several events in the coming weeks to gather enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. In the upcoming...
DATE: May 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News
Mercy Regional Medical Center has moved and expanded its free COVID-19 testing location to the parking lot located on the east side of Mercy Hospice House, 1010 Three Springs Blvd., on the...
DATE: May 31, 2020 | UPDATED: 9 hours 18 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News
Non-conference games are gone for Fort Lewis College basketball for at least the 2020-21 season. It’s one of the many changes coming to NCAA Division II sports in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic....
DATE: May 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: College Sports
Fort Lewis College will look at furloughs and layoffs, the details and scope of which will become more clear in the next month, to deal with an anticipated drop of $1.58 million in revenue,...
DATE: May 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 8 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News
SANTA FE — New Mexico will allow restaurants, shopping malls and salons to reopen at limited capacity starting on Monday, June 1, as state health regulators relax restrictions aimed at slowing the...
DATE: May 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico
Community Compassion Outreach has started relocating members of La Plata County’s homeless population to motels using a recently awarded grant. Two Durango motels, however, have said they will not...
DATE: May 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News
There were no hugs, handshakes, whoops or hollers, but just over 450 students graduated Friday from Fort Lewis College as part of a virtual ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2020. The event –...
DATE: May 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News
SILVERTON – In a sign of strange times, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad didn’t take passengers Thursday through the San Juan Mountains to the town of Silverton; rather, the locomotive...
DATE: May 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, OR if you develop fever, cough, and shortness of breath, follow these instructions. These instructions are for people who have been told to isolate or who are voluntarily isolating due to symptoms.
How long does it last?
What else should I do?
Stay home, except to get medical care.
Monitor your symptoms
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
If possible, wear a facemask when you are around other people or pets, and before you enter a health care provider’s office.
If you are not sick, but think you may have been exposed (in close contact with someone) who is sick, follow these instructions. These instructions are for people who have been told to quarantine, or who are voluntarily quarantining because they have a household member or close contact that has tested positive for COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.
How long does it last?
What else should I do?
Stay home, or in your same location, except to get medical care.
Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who are sick or have been exposed to people who are sick. This can include people who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as people who have not been tested but have the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough and shortness of breath). Generally, as long as the site is suitable, a person’s residence is the preferred setting for quarantine and isolation, according to the CDC.
Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who are sick or have been exposed to people who are sick. This can include people who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as people who have not been tested but have the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough and shortness
of breath). Generally, as long as the site is suitable, a person’s residence is the preferred setting for quarantine and isolation, according to the CDC.
There is an expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel or new coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, China in early December 2019. This means that before this current outbreak, people had never experienced or been made sick by this virus. Cases have been detected in a number of countries, including the United States, with cases confirmed in Colorado.
**Colorado is experiencing limited community spread of COVID-19, meaning people are becoming infected and the source could not be identified. Learn more here. With community spread, the everyday precautions below and prevention for higher risk people becomes crucially important.
There is no vaccine for COVID-19, but there are many everyday actions you can take to protect yourself from getting COVID-19. These are the same actions that can protect you from getting any respiratory illness.
With the increased spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), social distancing, or an effort to reduce close contact between people and slow community transmission of the virus has become an increasingly vital strategy to fight the disease.
Social distancing is particularly important in protecting vulnerable populations from getting sick with COVID-19. This includes older adults, people with cardiac or lung illness, and people with diabetes.
Social distancing steps:
Social distancing is particularly important in protecting vulnerable populations from getting sick with COVID-19. This includes older adults, people with cardiac, lung, or kidney disease, and people with diabetes. People at higher risk should take action now to be prepared for this virus if there is an outbreak in their community. For people at higher risk, preparing means being ready to stay at home as much as possible if there is an outbreak in the community and paying extra attention to everyday actions like staying away from sick people, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding crowds.
Community interventions such as closures of public agencies, buildings, school, ski areas, libraries, and events are ways to create social distancing and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Through these closures, local public health officials, elected officials, school superintendents, and businesses owners are prioritizing the protection of the health of local residents and visitors. We also need your help in these efforts. Everyone’s daily preventive actions are important in reducing spread to people who may experience more severe illness.
Together, we can make a difference by committing to responsible choices that will best support our resilient community.
If you are at higher risk (including older adults and people with serious medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes) of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:
Since COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about the virus, the current understanding about how it spreads is largely based on what is known about similar respiratory illnesses.