By Claire Ninde
San Juan Basin Public Health
San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) has reported a significant rise in COVID-19 cases for both Archuleta and La Plata counties over the past three weeks.
Since the start of October, SJBPH has reported an increase of over 72 cases in residents from both counties, with 63 of these cases from La Plata County and nine of these from Archuleta County.
The recent rise in local COVID-19 cases can be attributed to workplace outbreaks, social gatherings and household transmissions.
Local individuals, families, businesses and organizations have done difficult, important work to control the spread of the virus by following good public health precautions. SJBPH appreciates these efforts and believes that they are responsible for our lower case counts in both counties, compared to other communities statewide and nationally.
Given the recent rise in cases due in part to social gatherings, SJBPH is urging all community members to continue to practice the following important public health precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially as we head into the Halloween and holiday seasons:
• Staying at home as much as possible.
• Practicing physical distancing (at least 6 feet away from another person).
• Wearing face coverings when in public (mask order still in effect in indoor public spaces).
• Practicing good hygiene (washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, etc.).
• Getting tested if you have symptoms or believe you’ve been exposed through a known contact or community interaction.
As social events move indoors this fall and winter, good social habits will be critical to containing spread.
For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, visit SJBPH’s website at: https://sjbpublichealth.org/coronavirus/.