• Elbert County, COVID-19 Update - April 9, 2020

    We are aware of one new case of COVID-19 in Elbert County. The woman, in her 50s, is a resident of the county. This represents the ninth known case of COVID-19 in the county. Stacey Rinehart, our Environmental Health Specialist, will complete a CDC Case Report on this incident.

    Resource for COVID-19 Front Line Workers

    Symptomatic health care workers and first responders along the Front Range can now get tested  for COVID-19 through Kaiser Permanente in partnership with CDPHE. All patients must be pre-approved by CDPHE prior to scheduling an appointment; see below for details. This opportunity includes testing for those workers who are not Kaiser members, who do not have access to testing through their employer. Testing is available at eight locations between Loveland and Pueblo. To schedule an appointment, contact CDPHE at 303-692-2700 and ask to speak with a clinical consultant about Kaiser testing. Once approved by CDPHE, you will be able to schedule an appointment at one of Kaiser’s testing tents if appointment slots are available. Tests are run at the CDPHE laboratory and results will be reported out by CDPHE directly to the patient.  

    CDC has published information on options for decontamination and reuse of filtering facepiece respirators (such as N95s). Although CDC and NIOSH do not recommend that FFRs be decontaminated and then reused as standard care, they acknowledge the possible need for this as  part of a crisis strategy and evaluate different methods of decontamination. More info at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/decontamination-reuse-respirators.html

    Upcoming Religious Holidays

    With the Easter, Passover, and Ramadan holidays coming up, the Governor’s Office is providing guidance on how Coloradans can exercise their faith in a safe way that will comply with the stay-at-home order and help save lives. The administration recently released guidelines for places of worship when recording online streaming of your services with a small crew:

    • No more than 10 people gathered at one time.
    • Church staff should still be kept to the least amount of people possible.
    • Observe strict social distancing - six foot distance between one another.
    • Each person should wear a protective face mask covering.
    • Those with COVID-19 symptoms SHOULD NOT come to help with coordinating the streaming of the service.
    • Those who are in that vulnerable age group (i.e., those over age 60) or who have a respiratory or auto-immune condition should still stay home.
    • Participants in the streaming should wash their hands regularly for 20-seconds.
    • Provide hand sanitizer and ask participants about signs of illness prior to admitting.
    • Sanitize all equipment and use the CDC’s and CDPHE’s cleaning guidance.

     At this time, Elbert County Public Health is discouraging convening of drive-up church services.

    On Monday AAA Colorado announced that it will provide free emergency roadside assistance for all first responders and healthcare workers traveling to and from their duties anywhere across Colorado for the duration of the governor's Stay At Home Order. To receive help, motorists should call 1-800-AAA-HELP and tell their local rescue center that they are a healthcare worker or first responder who broke down as they were headed to or from work. AAA will then dispatch a truck that will either repair the vehicle at the site of the breakdown or transport it to a destination of

    Dwayne Smith, MEd, MCHES®, CPST
    Administrator, Elbert County Public Health