Valley COVID-19 cases reach highest level yet


Alamosa County has second highest COVID-19 positivity rate in state

SAN LUIS VALLEY - On July 7, 2020, San Luis Valley reported that the San Luis Valley(SLV) had 445 cumulative COVID-19 cases with 53 known active cases. Three months later Nov. 3, 2020, positive cases among residents in the SLV residents increased by 343 cases to 788. Beginning the week of Sept. 14 COVID-19 positive cases spiraled upward with a slight decline the week of Oct. 12. Active cases among SLV residents grew to its highest number yet with 135 known active cases Nov. 3, 2020.


The two-week positivity rate ending Nov. 4 was 7.36% for the SLV. The Colorado and World Health Organization two-week positivity goal is 5% or lower. According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center Nov. 4, Colorado had a seven-day positivity moving average test rate of 7.7%. For Colorado’s neighboring states the seven-day positivity rate Nov. 3 was much higher with Kansas at 36.0%, Wyoming 30.4%, Utah 15.3%, Arizona 11.8%, Nebraska 10.2% and Oklahoma 9.1%.
According to the Colorado COVID-19 “dashboard,” Nov. 4, Alamosa County had the second highest COVID-19 seven-day positive test rate in the state with 16.2% of tests being positive. According to the state’s COVID-19 “dial,” Alamosa County is approaching a “stay at home status.” Rio Grande County’s two-week positivity rate Nov. 3 was 2.2% while Conjeos County had a positivity rate of 11.1%, Costilla County 7.5% and Saguache County was at 8.8%.  Since the outbreak there have been 15 COVID-19 related deaths in the San Luis Valley.


What is disconcerting is that during the initial stages of the outbreak only those who were high risk, symptomatic or worked in healthcare were being tested. The number of tests being conducted now has increased dramatically and the number of positive cases is correspondingly increasing.  Since the outbreak 1,236,323 Colorado residents have been tested with 109,910 testing positive - a positivity rate of 8.9%.


Wednesday, Nov. 4, there were 135 known active cases in the SLV. “Active cases” means that the cases are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and are currently being supported by Public Health during their isolation period. Cases by county were as follows:
Alamosa: 76
Conejos: 23
Costilla: 7
Mineral: 0
Rio Grande: 14
Saguache: 14

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