End Of July Covid Totals

Active Cases Moderate in SLV

IN THE SAN LUIS VALLEY only 15 active cases of covid-19 remained at the end of July, according to SLV Emergency, which consolidates data from the six Valley counties. The total was dependent on testing, so the number of untested cases was unknown. Active cases were eight in Alamosa County, five in Rio Grande County and one each in Costilla and Mineral Counties. Since the first three cases in the Valley were reported on March 28 there have been 12 deaths — eight in Alamosa County and two each in Rio Grande and Saguache Counties. There had been 3,533 tests Valley-wide and 476 positives.

In Chaffee County north of the SLV the outbreak at the the state’s Buena Vista Corrections Facility, with a little over 1,000 inmates, testing showed 180 inmates and nine prison employees were infected. The community infections in the county totaled 36, with the latest cases involving a 75-year-old man and two men ages 24 and 34. Apart from the prison, Chaffee has had 92 positive tests since the beginning, with the majority of 56 from a nursing home where 14 deaths were attributed to covid-19.

Neither of the two central hospitals in the area — in Alamosa and Salida — reported an overload of patients. Heart of the Rockies Medical Center in Salida was only 36 per cent full, with no covid-19 cases. Visitors for outpatient procedures were examined at the door and required to sanitize their hands and wear masks.  Salida blocked part of downtown F Street to allow businesses to serve customers in the open air if they did not want to observe social distancing inside.

Spokesperson Donna Wehe of SLV Health in Alamosa said there was nothing at the hospital to discourage regular patients. The hospital administrators have expressed concern about people staying away in fear of contracting covid-19, then showing up things like injuries, diabetes, or high blood pressure out of control.



Bill Miller’s graph of the national covid-19 death toll. He says, “It’s doing exactly what I expected. You see how the last few data points are beginning to trend upward. Fully expected after the new slope of the infection data.”

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I am a writer. I love the Rocky Mountain West. For more than 50 years my primary residence has been in the upper basin of the Rio Grande.