COVID-19 Resources and Information

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our Local Public Health Agencies (LPHA) and our communities to provide updated information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019).

Message from Rick Ritter on June 1, 2020:

THIS IS A RAPIDLY EVOLVING AND FLUID SITUATION. INFORMATION AND ACTION ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME. BE PREPARED TO BE FLEXIBLE AND PATIENT.

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6/1/2020 #1 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update: New Positive Crowley/Otero County Cases

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.

New COVID-19 positive cases

Hello to all. We have newly identified positive COVID-19 cases in Crowley & Otero County.

Out of respect for patient privacy, we will only release the following information:

Patient details

o Is a resident of Otero County.

o Was placed in isolation after receiving the positive test result.

o Close contacts have been placed in quarantine.

o Age: 60s

o Is recovering.

o At this point our epidemiological investigation has not identified a clear source for the infection.

Patient details

o Is a resident of Crowley County.

o Was placed in isolation after receiving the positive test result.

o Close contacts have been placed in quarantine.

o Age: 40s

o Was asymptomatic.

o We believe that we have identified the source of infection.

Crowley/Otero case numbers updates: Our current COVID-19 laboratory-confirmed case counts for Crowley and Otero Counties are as follows (as of the time of this writing Monday, 6/1/2020):

64-Crowley County cases

o Not deceased: 3

o Deceased: 1

o Prison: 60

19-Otero County cases

o Not deceased: 18

o Deceased: 1

TOTAL Crowley/Otero Cases: 83

Depending on report timing, OCHD’s totals may not exactly reflect CDPHE’s totals on their website (Here is the website: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/case-data)

o Scroll down until you see the Colorado map, and then select “Case Counts” from the dropdown box on the upper right side of the map.

State of Colorado (Note: this summary only includes data through 4 pm 5/28/2020 and does not reflect cases since then)

25,613 cases

4,307 hospitalized (view hospital data: https://covid19.colorado.gov/hospital-data)

60 counties (view incidence and epidemic curve data: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/incidence-epidemic-curve)

173,300 people tested

1,436 deaths among cases (view surveillance data: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/surveillance-data)

1,181 deaths due to COVID-19

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

What can you do RIGHT NOW?

Read, understand, and comply with public health orders! Public health orders can be found here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-in-colorado/public-health-executive-orders-resource

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

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

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

Cover your cough and/or sneeze.

Keep your fingers and hands away from your face.

Wash your hands a lot.

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

o OCHD: https://www.oterogov.com

o Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov

o CO State Health Department: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe

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

And remember, “This too shall pass.”

Until next time,

Richard Ritter, Executive DirectorOtero County Health Department13 West 3rd Street, Room 111La Junta, Colorado 81050719-383-3045 (Office)719-383-3060 (Fax)rritter@oterogov.org

A letter for students and parents from Mrs. Arbuthnot, dated May 4, 2020:

End of School Year 2019-2020

Update on April 27, 2020 at 4:18 p.m. from OCHD, Rick Ritter:

Update on April 27, 2020 at 10:15 a.m. from OCHD, Rick Ritter:

COVID19 Letter to StudentsParents 3.26.2020

Students and Parents -

We will continue the drive-through and pick-up of breakfast/lunch sacks, Mondays and Wednesdays, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Manzanola Elementary School along the drop-off/pick-up lane by the lunch room doors. Sacks will have two days of breakfast/lunch.

Also,

Parents - Students who requested to check-out a Chromebook/Laptop: your item will be ready for pick-up on Monday, March 30, 2020, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Manzanola Elementary School. Please drive to the main door/entrance curb and we will bring the item to your vehicle.

Stay safe and healthy Bobcats!

~ Thank you ~

Dated March 29, 2020

Students and Parents -

During the COVID-19 closure of schools, you may call either school building if you have questions:

  • Manzanola Elementary School at 719-462-5578, Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Manzanola Jr/Sr High School at 719-462-5528, Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

You can also call outside of these hours and leave a voice message. Stay safe and stay healthy Bobcats!

~ Thank you ~

Dated March 24, 2020

Students and Parents -

Manzanola School District staff met on March 23, 2020 and will work throughout this week to prepare materials for remote student learning. Teachers will be contacting students and parents Wednesday and/or Thursday. Students can expect to receive information from teachers in order to begin remote learning on Monday, March 30, 2020 or before. Stay safe and stay healthy Bobcats!

~ Thank you ~

Dated March 23, 2020

Students and Parents -

Manzanola School District staff will be working on March 23 and 24, 2020 to prepare materials for remote student learning. Students can expect to begin remote learning on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Stay safe and stay healthy Bobcats!

~ Thank you ~

Dated March 21, 2020

Manzanola School District Students and Parents -

Families will be able to drive through and pick-up free breakfast/lunch sacks beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Manzanola Elementary School along the drop-off/pick-up lane. Sacks will have two days of breakfast/lunch and will be handed to you as you remain in your vehicle. The process will repeat again on Wednesday, March 25. We plan to continue this pattern through April 15, 2020.

~ Thank you ~

Dated March 21, 2020

Manzanola Elementary School and Manzanola Jr/Sr High School will be closed starting Monday, March 23, 2020 through Friday, April 17, 2020 per Colorado Governor Polis' Executive Order 'Ordering Suspension of Normal In-Person Instruction at All Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools in the State of Colorado Due to the Presence of COVID-19.' Please watch for communication from the school district for instructions and details on how we will proceed with learning activities that can be done through e-learning or other remote learning strategies. Our staff will need some time to prepare and make plans on how to share them with our students and parents. We will also provide information regarding our food service program.

~ Thank you ~

Dated March 18, 2020

Resources from Otero County Health Department

Rick Ritter, Executive Director of Otero County Health Department plans on giving live, weekly updates regarding COVID-19 on Monday mornings between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on KBLJ (1400 AM) / KTHN (92.1 FM) radio. Please share with others who would like to remain informed.

3.23.2020.The Best Medicine.pdf
Social Distancing Public Health Order.20-23.pdf
3.15.2020 Coronavirus Update. What's the Plan.pdf