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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will host a first-dose vaccine clinic from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Longfellow Elementary School,425 W. Seventh St. 

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Chaffee County Public Health reported Wednesday the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, approved by the Food and Drug Administration Feb. 27, through an emergency use authorization, is expected to arrive in Colorado at the end of this week. 

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A 92-year-old resident of Chaffee County has died from COVID-19 and Chaffee County reported 1,031 cases of the virus as of Monday. 

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Those 60 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Friday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced in an update Friday.

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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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Editor’s note: The information in this question and answer column is true at the time of publication; however, new information is rapidly emerging and updates are forthcoming when relevant. This is part of an ongoing column about COVID-19 news and science. 

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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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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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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.