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March 25, 2020 Sit Rep - Governor Orders Stay at Home

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Time: 4:30PM

***Please note the announcement made just a few minutes ago from Governor Polis of a state-wide stay at home order. *** More information to follow.

Teller County COVID-19 Virus Case Count:

  • Three (3) individuals have tested positive with lab-confirmed tests (including one COVID-19-related death)

  • Four (4) additional individuals have been reported ill, with the investigation linked to other positive cases in Teller County

  • Seven (7) total identified cases

Please note that there may be a difference between the numbers provided in this update and what is reflected on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) COVID-19 website, https://covid19.colorado.gov/.

Numbers reported on the CDPHE website are based on lab-confirmed cases and may be delayed in reporting. Please be aware that Teller County Public Health and Environment is committed to providing you with the most up-to-date information available.

The increased number of cases in Teller County is evidence that COVID-19 is now community widespread, which means it is being passed from person-to-person within the Teller County community. To slow the spread of this pandemic virus, Public Health asks for your assistance and cooperation in complying with the social distancing orders. It is critical that all community members work together to slow the transmission of this virus. This concerted effort will relieve the strain on our hospital systems, build capacity, and prevent illness and death.

If you suspect you may have been in contact with a person infected by the COVID-19 virus, you should self-quarantine for at least 14 days, be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, difficulty breathing), and self-isolate if symptoms appear.

If you become ill with COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate and REMAIN in self-isolation until all three of the following conditions are met: you have no fever for at least three (3) days (without fever-reducing medication), AND have improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) AND at least seven (7) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Teller County Public Health and Environment is using the 2-1-1 call center. Any calls that require additional information will be logged and Public Health personnel will call back.

Please DO NOT go to an emergency room, urgent care, or hospital or call 911 unless you are experiencing a true medical emergency. We must keep these medical resources available to true medical emergencies.

For additional information, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 website at https://covid19.colorado.gov/

Remember, Teller County will never send you requests for money online or over the phone, so don’t respond to any email or text request to send money.

Planning for the Future

  • We are working with local pharmacies to be sure they have sneeze guards installed to protect the health of both the pharmacists and the general public. Pharmacies are also encouraging social distancing by expanding their waiting area/line spacing.

  • Working with the local grocery stores to establish “locals” shopping days; watch this update and the https://www.tellercovid.com website for updates.

  • Teller County COVID-19 Response Team has identified an alternate facility as a surge hospital site in case our local hospital becomes overwhelmed.

  • We are assisting local first responders in obtaining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) so they can continue to serve the public.

For a list of resources available throughout Teller County during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://www.tellercovid.com/

We will highlight new resources that we have been made aware of during the day in this spot.

Aspen Mine Center

Commodities Program, 3/29/2020, 9am-2pm

Drive Through Only-please drive up heading East on Bennett Ave.

166 East Bennett Ave

Cripple Creek

Please bring proof of Teller County Residency

(ie a bill with your address will suffice)

Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce

Woodland Park Senior Organization

Five (5) frozen meals can be picked up Mondays, 11:45AM-1:00PM. Suggested donation of $11.25 for the five (5) meals. You must preorder by the preceding Tuesday in order to receive the week’s meals. Delivery can be available on a case by case basis.

Charis Bible College has suspended on-site instruction through April 19. Students will continue to study from home after spring break, March 23-27.

How can you help?

There is an urgent need for blood. If you would like to do something to give back, you are healthy and eligible, please make an appointment.

Colorado Springs Blood Donation Center

3670 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Suite 110

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

303.363.2300 or 800.365.0006, opt. 2

North Academy Boulevard and

Austin Bluffs Parkway

Monday- Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Community Partnership is looking for volunteers for:

  • Preparation and delivery of food boxes

  • Preparation for and support with Commodities Day in Cripple Creek the last Friday of each month

  • Food box delivery

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