School district announces additional cases, testing event set for Friday

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    On Thursday morning, Archuleta School District Superintendent Dr. Kym LeBlanc-Esparza announced three additional cases of COVID among students.

    “One of our student cases was a high school student and the other two were from family school. The leaders of both schools have been in contact with staff to let them know of the cases, but we cannot provide any additional information, due to HIPAA regulations,” she wrote in an email. “In some cases, we have been able to determine the need for quarantine among students and staff and in other cases, we are still working with SJBPH to determine exposure. We will be communicating with students and staff about quarantine as soon as that information is shared with us.”

    Free community testing event Friday

    To address community demand for COVID-19 testing, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is working with Pagosa Springs Medical Center, Archuleta County and the Town of Pagosa Springs to provide free COVID-19 testing on Friday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The test site is located at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds at 344 U.S. 84.

    Additional testing will be held Monday, Nov. 23 and Wednesday, Nov. 25 during the same times and at the same location.

    Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, those who believe they may have been exposed either through known contact or general community interaction, and people in critical sectors who are in frequent contact with the public — early childhood, K-12, first responders and critical government services — should get tested at the free community testing site. No appointment is needed.

    SJBPH understands how challenging the COVID-19 pandemic is for everyone, and agency staff sincerely appreciate the efforts of all community members to wear face coverings, social distance, stay home if sick and wash hands well to contain the spread of the virus.

    SJBPH reminds anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed either through known contact or general community interaction to get tested.