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The United States pandemic death toll from COVID-19 hovered near the half-million mark Monday afternoon at 497,415 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showed.

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As COVID-19 vaccinations continue for phases 1A through 1B.2, new cases of the virus continue to be reported.

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Buena Vista School District R-31 superintendent Lisa Yates reported three cases of COVID-19 in the district Monday.

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COVID-19 cases in Chaffee County surpassed 900 with the addition of 5 new cases reported by Chaffee County Public Health.

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Those age 65 and older will be included in the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center community vaccination clinic Friday a hospital press release stated.

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Chaffee County saw 60 new cases of COVID-19 in the last seven days with a high of 16 cases reported Wednesday.

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Buena Vista School District has six confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, Superintendent Lisa Yates reported Monday. 

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On the heels of last week’s community vaccination clinic, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will again offer COVID-19 vaccinations to community members age 70 and older from 9-11 a.m. Friday at the hospital campus, 1000 Rush Drive.

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A wrinkle has arisen in the local distribution of COVID-19 vaccine by Chaffee County Public Health as those outside of the 1A and 1B phases currently being inoculated have edged into the queue.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center reported two current hospitalizations due to COVID-19 Thursday.

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The Buena Vista school district reported eight confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in its schools Monday morning.

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A 43-year-old woman in the north end of Chaffee County who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 died during the weekend. 

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Chaffee County Public Health director and incident command for COVID-19 said as of Thursday 320 out of the 400 slots for the Jan. 23 vaccination event had been filled.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Wednesday in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, another vaccination event has been added in the county from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 23. 

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The total number of pandemic cases of COVID-19 for Chaffee County pushed up to 707 this week with the addition of seven cases on Tuesday (five in the general community and two staff members at Buena Vista Correctional Complex) and five general community cases reported Thursday. No cases were…

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Due to an overwhelming demand of COVID-19 vaccine for phases 1a and the beginning of 1b (those 70 and older), the Chaffee County Public Health Department's schedule is full until Feb 2, director Andrea Carlstrom said in an email Friday. Next week, she said the department will release appoint…

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Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center will remain closed until at least Friday, pending contact tracing results after the discovery of a positive case of COVID-19 connected with the facility over the weekend.

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Times have been tough during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chaffee County Public Health is aware of this and thus Chaffee’s Got Heart’s Community Spotlight is seeking nominations to recognize organizations, businesses and individuals who have gone above and beyond to protect our community during th…

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Monday that Gov. Jared Polis’ announcement to make changes in Phase 1 distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine has spurred the department to “thoughtfully and strategically rethink its protocols and processes.”

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A 64-year-old woman in the south end of Chaffee County succumbed to COVID-19 during the weekend, bringing the pandemic death toll to 16 in the county.

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Chaffee County Public health reported 14 cases of COVID-19 in the county on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Colorado’s first case of COVID-19, variant B.1.1.7 has been confirmed in a man who is currently in isolation in Elbert County.

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Frontline and health care personnel continue to receive first vaccinations in Phase 1A of the state’s vaccination plan, including those in Chaffee County.

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The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines continues in Colorado this week.

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As the first COVID-19 vaccinations in Chaffee County were administered to frontline and health care workers at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Thursday, Chaffee County’s pandemic total of positive COVID-19 cases rose to 806 Thursday with the addition of eight new cases.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center began COVID-19 vaccinations for frontline and health care workers Thursday afternoon following receipt of the 345 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

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As Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center and Chaffee County Public Health prepare to receive the first batches of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the case count in Chaffee county shows no sign of slowing with 27 cases reported from Saturday through Monday.

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The state of Colorado surpassed 3,000 deaths, since data collection began in March, directly attributable to COVID-19 with a total of 3,005 as of Thursday.

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In response to the current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state, Gov. Jared Polis extended Colorado’s mask mandate for another 30 days Wednesday as a strategy to help quell the spread of the virus.

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Chaffee County’s two-week positivity rate rose to 5.26 percent Monday with the addition of 22 newly identified cases of COVID-19 reported from Saturday to Monday.

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The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center will reopen Monday (Dec. 7) with its normal operating hours after temporarily shutting down due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced a change in the county’s quarantine guidance which reflects new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a press release stated. 

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COVID-19 cases in Chaffee County reached a pandemic total of 657 as 17 new cases of the virus were diagnosed in the county Wednesday. 

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April Asbury, vice-president of Patient Care Services at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center recently announced HRRMC has been selected as a location for COVID-19 vaccination distribution when approved vaccines are made available.

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Chaffee County is poised to move to a higher level of COVID-19 restrictions.

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Chaffee County surpassed 100 cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days as eight more cases tested positive Wednesday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported another 11 positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the two week case count to 98.

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As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis has issued an executive order that will allow Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to “order hospitals and freestanding emergency departments to transfer or cease the admission of patients to resp…

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COVID-19 is spreading faster than ever, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported Friday.

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Governor Jared Polis was joined by two frontline healthcare workers as he provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 on Friday. 

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The COVID-19 team at Chaffee County Public Health recently changed its process of exposure notification for COVID-19 test results. 

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Colorado Department of Public Health will add a level to the state’s COVID-19 dial and move several counties into higher levels of restriction as the number of cases of the virus continue to increase across the state.

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The Salida Parks and Recreation Department has decided to temporarily close the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center. The closure will start at 7:30 p.m. today (Nov. 20) and is scheduled to last until Nov. 30.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported Friday a 51-year-old man succumbed to COVID-19, to which he was probably exposed during out-of-town activities. He is the 15th victim to die in Chaffee County. 

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On the heels of a 15th death attributed to COVID-19 and a two-week case count of 57, Chaffee County Public Health announced a new mitigation plan to help stem the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across the county.

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Chaffee County Public Health is working with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to update the county mitigation plan in light of an increased case count in the county.

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Chaffee County’s total COVID-19 case count is 427 as of Thursday with five new community cases recorded since Tuesday.

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Three more Buena Vista Correctional Complex staff members and two more inmates were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 by Chaffee County Public Health and Colorado Department of Corrections Friday.

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Salida School District hit the pause button on in-person learning this week after four people connected with the schools were diagnosed with positive cases of COVID-19 Monday and Tuesday.

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Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday, one in the general community and the other a staff member at Buena Vista Correctional Complex.

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Chaffee County Public Heath reported an additional seven cases of COVID-19 above the two initially reported Tuesday, bringing the total to nine cases reported this week.

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Salida School District moved to remote learning Tuesday after two positive COVID-19 cases prompted the action. One student and one staff member have tested positive in the school district.  

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Chaffee County Public Health reported six new cases of COVID 19 on Friday, all of which were in the south end of the county.

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The total COVID-19 case count in Chaffee County rose to 346 Thursday. 

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 At nearly double the 1.34 percent positivity rate at the begining of September, Chaffee County Public Health said it is concerned.

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An additional south-end case of COVID-19 was identified in Chaffee County Wednesday, and one of the previously reported general population cases was identified as being an employee of Buena Vista Correctional Complex.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported seven new cases of COVID-19 from positive test results received on Saturday and Monday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported 7 new cases of COVID-19 from positive test results received on Saturday and Monday.

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The State of Colorado and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) launched a new system Tuesday to provide guidance for communities as they open or close schools, bars and businesses.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported 10 positive cases of COVID-19 in the last week, with 8 of those cases being reported since Sunday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported the confirmation of a positive case of COVID-19 at Avery Parsons Elementary School in Buena Vista Monday afternoon. 

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Gov. Jared Polis announced Friday he was extending his executive order mandating the wearing of masks for another 30 days.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced a 49-year-old male in the south end of the county tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday.

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During the last two weeks, Chaffee County’s positivity rate for COVID-19 dropped to 2 percent according to Chaffee County Public Health data.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported two new cases of COVID-19 among the general population since Monday.

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Three new cases of COVID-19 were recently identified by Chaffee County Public Health, including an asymptomatic 22-year-old male living in the southern end of the county and two cases in the northern end, a 72-year-old symptomatic male and a 24-year-old symptomatic female. All three cases we…

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A newly identified case of COVID-19 at Buena Vista Correctional Complex brought the total number of cases in Chaffeea County to 305 this week.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported the identification of new cases in Chaffee County that bring the county’s running  total up to 303 cases on its data dashboard.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported the identification of new cases in Chaffee County that bring the county’s running  total up to 303 cases on its data dashboard.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported four newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday on the county’s new data dashboard. 

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Mail Staff Writer

Chaffee County Public Health released a new public health order Wednesday replacing the previous order which expired Tuesday.

Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County Public Health director said there is significant alignment between the county’s order and the state’s Safer at Home and in the Great Outdoors order issued July 30.

That order remains essentially the same as the previous June 30 order.

Added to the new health order is current guidance on the state mandated masking order, which mirrors that of the governor’s executive order and the CDPHE order.

Chaffee County remains in the Safer at Home and the Great Outdoors phase of reopening.

Chaffee County’s number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 since March is currently at 290.

A recent outbreak at Buena Vista Correctional Complex has added 184 inmates to the county number as of Wednesday, however those patients do not have contact with the community at large.

An outbreak at Columbine Manor Care Center in the spring has since resolved, but the incident added 44 residents to the county total, and accounts for almost all of the 19 deaths associated with the virus in the county.

Among the general community, the county reports 60 cases of COVID-19, 10 of whom are Department of Corrections staff involved with the current outbreak at BVCC, 12 of whom were staff members at Columbine Manor during that outbreak, and 38 members of the general public.

CCPH also reports 13 cases identified in Chaffee County, but who live in other counties.

The new CCPH order states, “Transmission of the virus continues to threaten Chaffee County citizens’ way of life and livelihoods, particularly with the influx of tourist traffic throughout the county.”

“CCPH recommends that without taking appropriate steps, the number of cases within Chaffee County will once again rise which may result in serious illness or death for certain members of the community, and will have the effect of further interrupting the functioning of the community, will overwhelm the capacity of the local health care system and the ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the document stated.

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The new data dashboard Chaffee County Public Health launched Thursday, is designed to provide real-time updates regarding COVID-19 in Chaffee County to keep the public abreast of case data.  

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Chaffee County Public Health launched a new data dashboard Thursday to keep the community abreast of changes in the county’s COVID-19 status.

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Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County Public Health director and incident command for COVID-19, reported the launch of a new data dashboard that should be available to the public today.

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Three new community cases of COVID-19, four new Buena Vista Correctional Complex staff cases and an additional 50 positive cases among BVCC inmates brings the county’s total to 282 cases of COVID-19 reported so far in the county.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center and Chaffee County Public Health will hold a COVID-19 panel discussion at noon today to provide local response updates and present a panel discussion on “How to Boost Your Immune System.”

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Buena Vista Correctional Facility has 131 reported positive cases of COVID-19, including 128 inmates and 3 staff members thus far in their recent outbreak of the virus. 

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Chaffee County Public helath reported two new cases of COVID-19 Thursday bringing the county total to 126.

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The Salida Wine Festival won’t take place this year. With continued uncertainty surrounding large-scale events and in the interest, and safety for the Salida community,  Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel the ninth annual festival. The Salida Wine Fest was scheduled t…

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The COVID-19 case total for Chaffee County rose to 82 with the inclusion of a staff member and inmate at Buena Vista Correctional Facility Tuesday.

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Centers for Disease Control removed the specific 65 years of age threshold from the older adult classification and now warns that among adults, risk increases steadily as you age. 

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The 10th Shakespeare in the Park production has been pushed to June 2021 during Salida ArtWalk weekend, director Devon Kasper said.

Many elements came into play, and although she hoped to move the show to early August, Kasper said there were “still too many snail-paced uncertainties” to go through with it.

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The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce will not hold Gold Rush Days in August, postponing the event until 2021 due to COVID-19.

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Chaffee County Public Health and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will host a free COVID-19 testing clinic every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, by appointment only. 

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The Salida ArtWalk Committee decided Monday to cancel this year’s edition of ArtWalk in the interest of public health.

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In the last week, daily death rates in Colorado among those diagnosed with COVID-19 have lowered to between one and five deaths per day.

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The North Face and Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office have collaborated to help the Colorado Search and Rescue Association acquire face masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for its members and those they assist.

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As Colorado lifts COVID-19 restrictions regarding the number of people who can gather together, Salida churches are taking varying approaches, with some remaining closed, some opening and many offering a hybrid of online and limited church services.

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Nine U.S. Olympic and Paralympic triathlon hopefuls will bike across Colorado June 19-20, pedaling through Chaffee County along the way.

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COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Colorado surpassed 5,000 Monday, according to data provided Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

As of Monday hospitalizations totaled 5,025.

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Saguache County, with 94 COVID-19 cases, has passed Chaffee County in the number of cases reported, according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data.

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Chaffee County Public Health and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center reported an additional case of COVID-19 was discovered following Tuesday’s free community testing.

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An employee of Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center tested positive for COVID-19 following a trip outside of the county, a press release from HRRMC stated Friday.

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Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order Thursday amending previous executive orders related to COVID-19 to provide “discretion to employers and operators of places of public accommodation, and those authorized on their behalf, to deny admittance or service and require the removal of any i…

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The Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo is the latest scheduling victim of COVID-19.

Chaffee County Fair Board member Tate Scanga said because of the current public health limitation on groups of more than 10 people, public events associated with the annual fair, including rodeos and concerts, are canceled this year.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced an additional Columbine Manor Care Center staff member has been identified who had onset of COVID-19 symptoms between March 23 and April 6.

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Two blocks of F Street are expected to close Thursday morning, with barricades remaining in place for much of the summer, city officials announced Monday in a press release.

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The Mountain Mania Car Show will not be held this Fourth of July weekend, Buena Vista Optimist Club event director Gary Roberts said Monday.

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Colorado Mountain College announced it has created a Back to Business program featuring individual business counseling and a variety of webinars addressing common challenges businesses are facing during the pandemic and along the road to recovery.

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Salida City Council members will discuss how summer events and activities will take place in the era of COVID-19 during their virtual work session at 6 p.m. today.

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COVID-19 statistics for Chaffee County remained unchanged Thursday at 70 positive or probable cases and a total of 18 deaths due to the virus.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Tuesday two positive cases of COVID-19 were discovered during the weekend, bringing the total number of cases in Chaffee County to 70.

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Five Chaffee County Emergency Medical Services employees who were exposed to COVID-19 and considered high risk have tested negative twice.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported a new positive case of COVID-19 in the county Saturday, bringing the county’s total cases to 69.

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Nine employees of Chaffee County Emergency Medical Services have been under quarantine since May 16 after a Front Range part-time paramedic who filled in on a shift May 13 tested positive for COVID-19.

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Chaffee County Public Health will count deaths among those diagnosed with COVID-19, but not directly attributable to the virus, in its data for positive and probable cases in Chaffee County.

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The Salida Fiber Festival board announced it is canceling this year’s festival, originally scheduled for Sept. 12-13 in Riverside Park, due to the potential effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on vendors, volunteers and visitors. 

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Salida Community Center Director Elaine Allemang recently announced statistics showing the number of people served in the center’s food distribution events has nearly tripled over the last two months.

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As Chaffee County residents head outside to enjoy warmer weather, Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom reminds everyone that safer-at-home orders are still in effect, both locally and at the state level. 

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Chaffee County Public Health reported the identification of new cases in Chaffee County that bring the county’s running  total up to 303 cases on its data dashboard.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported four newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday on the county’s new data dashboard. 

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by D.J. DeJong

Mail Staff Writer

Chaffee County Public Health released a new public health order Wednesday replacing the previous order which expired Tuesday.

Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County Public Health director said there is significant alignment between the county’s order and the state’s Safer at Home and in the Great Outdoors order issued July 30.

That order remains essentially the same as the previous June 30 order.

Added to the new health order is current guidance on the state mandated masking order, which mirrors that of the governor’s executive order and the CDPHE order.

Chaffee County remains in the Safer at Home and the Great Outdoors phase of reopening.

Chaffee County’s number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 since March is currently at 290.

A recent outbreak at Buena Vista Correctional Complex has added 184 inmates to the county number as of Wednesday, however those patients do not have contact with the community at large.

An outbreak at Columbine Manor Care Center in the spring has since resolved, but the incident added 44 residents to the county total, and accounts for almost all of the 19 deaths associated with the virus in the county.

Among the general community, the county reports 60 cases of COVID-19, 10 of whom are Department of Corrections staff involved with the current outbreak at BVCC, 12 of whom were staff members at Columbine Manor during that outbreak, and 38 members of the general public.

CCPH also reports 13 cases identified in Chaffee County, but who live in other counties.

The new CCPH order states, “Transmission of the virus continues to threaten Chaffee County citizens’ way of life and livelihoods, particularly with the influx of tourist traffic throughout the county.”

“CCPH recommends that without taking appropriate steps, the number of cases within Chaffee County will once again rise which may result in serious illness or death for certain members of the community, and will have the effect of further interrupting the functioning of the community, will overwhelm the capacity of the local health care system and the ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the document stated.

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The new data dashboard Chaffee County Public Health launched Thursday, is designed to provide real-time updates regarding COVID-19 in Chaffee County to keep the public abreast of case data.  

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Chaffee County Public Health launched a new data dashboard Thursday to keep the community abreast of changes in the county’s COVID-19 status.

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Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County Public Health director and incident command for COVID-19, reported the launch of a new data dashboard that should be available to the public today.

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Three new community cases of COVID-19, four new Buena Vista Correctional Complex staff cases and an additional 50 positive cases among BVCC inmates brings the county’s total to 282 cases of COVID-19 reported so far in the county.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center and Chaffee County Public Health will hold a COVID-19 panel discussion at noon today to provide local response updates and present a panel discussion on “How to Boost Your Immune System.”

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Buena Vista Correctional Facility has 131 reported positive cases of COVID-19, including 128 inmates and 3 staff members thus far in their recent outbreak of the virus. 

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Chaffee County Public helath reported two new cases of COVID-19 Thursday bringing the county total to 126.

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The Salida Wine Festival won’t take place this year. With continued uncertainty surrounding large-scale events and in the interest, and safety for the Salida community,  Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel the ninth annual festival. The Salida Wine Fest was scheduled t…

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The COVID-19 case total for Chaffee County rose to 82 with the inclusion of a staff member and inmate at Buena Vista Correctional Facility Tuesday.

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Centers for Disease Control removed the specific 65 years of age threshold from the older adult classification and now warns that among adults, risk increases steadily as you age. 

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The 10th Shakespeare in the Park production has been pushed to June 2021 during Salida ArtWalk weekend, director Devon Kasper said.

Many elements came into play, and although she hoped to move the show to early August, Kasper said there were “still too many snail-paced uncertainties” to go through with it.

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The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce will not hold Gold Rush Days in August, postponing the event until 2021 due to COVID-19.

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Chaffee County Public Health and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will host a free COVID-19 testing clinic every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, by appointment only. 

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The Salida ArtWalk Committee decided Monday to cancel this year’s edition of ArtWalk in the interest of public health.

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In the last week, daily death rates in Colorado among those diagnosed with COVID-19 have lowered to between one and five deaths per day.

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The North Face and Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office have collaborated to help the Colorado Search and Rescue Association acquire face masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for its members and those they assist.

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As Colorado lifts COVID-19 restrictions regarding the number of people who can gather together, Salida churches are taking varying approaches, with some remaining closed, some opening and many offering a hybrid of online and limited church services.

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Nine U.S. Olympic and Paralympic triathlon hopefuls will bike across Colorado June 19-20, pedaling through Chaffee County along the way.

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COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Colorado surpassed 5,000 Monday, according to data provided Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

As of Monday hospitalizations totaled 5,025.

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Saguache County, with 94 COVID-19 cases, has passed Chaffee County in the number of cases reported, according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data.

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Chaffee County Public Health and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center reported an additional case of COVID-19 was discovered following Tuesday’s free community testing.

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An employee of Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center tested positive for COVID-19 following a trip outside of the county, a press release from HRRMC stated Friday.

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Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order Thursday amending previous executive orders related to COVID-19 to provide “discretion to employers and operators of places of public accommodation, and those authorized on their behalf, to deny admittance or service and require the removal of any i…

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The Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo is the latest scheduling victim of COVID-19.

Chaffee County Fair Board member Tate Scanga said because of the current public health limitation on groups of more than 10 people, public events associated with the annual fair, including rodeos and concerts, are canceled this year.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced an additional Columbine Manor Care Center staff member has been identified who had onset of COVID-19 symptoms between March 23 and April 6.

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Two blocks of F Street are expected to close Thursday morning, with barricades remaining in place for much of the summer, city officials announced Monday in a press release.

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The Mountain Mania Car Show will not be held this Fourth of July weekend, Buena Vista Optimist Club event director Gary Roberts said Monday.

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Colorado Mountain College announced it has created a Back to Business program featuring individual business counseling and a variety of webinars addressing common challenges businesses are facing during the pandemic and along the road to recovery.

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Salida City Council members will discuss how summer events and activities will take place in the era of COVID-19 during their virtual work session at 6 p.m. today.

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COVID-19 statistics for Chaffee County remained unchanged Thursday at 70 positive or probable cases and a total of 18 deaths due to the virus.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Tuesday two positive cases of COVID-19 were discovered during the weekend, bringing the total number of cases in Chaffee County to 70.

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Five Chaffee County Emergency Medical Services employees who were exposed to COVID-19 and considered high risk have tested negative twice.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported a new positive case of COVID-19 in the county Saturday, bringing the county’s total cases to 69.

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Nine employees of Chaffee County Emergency Medical Services have been under quarantine since May 16 after a Front Range part-time paramedic who filled in on a shift May 13 tested positive for COVID-19.

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Chaffee County Public Health will count deaths among those diagnosed with COVID-19, but not directly attributable to the virus, in its data for positive and probable cases in Chaffee County.

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The Salida Fiber Festival board announced it is canceling this year’s festival, originally scheduled for Sept. 12-13 in Riverside Park, due to the potential effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on vendors, volunteers and visitors. 

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Salida Community Center Director Elaine Allemang recently announced statistics showing the number of people served in the center’s food distribution events has nearly tripled over the last two months.

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As Chaffee County residents head outside to enjoy warmer weather, Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom reminds everyone that safer-at-home orders are still in effect, both locally and at the state level.