COVID weekly update from Kiowa County Public Health for September 30, 2020

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Published Thursday, October 1, 2020
by Meagan Hillman
  • Cases 1
  • Hospitalizations 0
  • Deaths 0
  • TESTS: 263 tests done as of 9/28/2020 on Kiowa County residents

*These are cumulative totals

NEWS AND FAQs

  • Kiowa County has its first case of COVID-19. We have received a lot of inquiries seeking identifiable information and confirmation of who the person is and where they work, etc. This is protected health information covered under HIPAA and could cost the county hundreds of thousands of dollars if a breach was to occur. Public health investigates all positive cases and isolates them. We quarantine any close contacts as well and offer testing. Testing is not required though encouraged. We speak with those who must stay home frequently in order to support them, check on their condition and also to make sure that they are adhering to the appropriate guidance.
  • Kiowa County is in Safer at Home Level 1. Progression to Protect Our Neighbors is under discussion. See the levels, what it takes to meet them, and the new dial system at https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial
  • Schools: Outbreak guidance and how to manage symptomatic students and staff has been updated at https://covid19.colorado.gov. Football seasons will be starting soon! Check with the school for the schedule and guidance for spectators, etc.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will be giving flu shots via a drive-thru clinic this year. It will be held at the Kiowa County Fairgrounds from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday October 13.
  • If you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19, or may have been exposed, and are interested in testing, call 719-438-2251 to schedule. If you are having severe symptoms such as significant trouble breathing, etc. call 911.
  • There continues to be a Mask Mandate for those over the age of 10 in all indoor spaces other than home.
  • Stay home if not feeling well, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently or use 60+% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, wear a mask/face covering to contain any respiratory droplets and stay at least 6 feet from others and minimize gatherings.

Guidelines & Restrictions

  • PERSONAL GATHERING SIZE - 25 people
  • P-12 SCHOOLS - In-person suggested or hybrid, remote as appropriate
  • HIGHER EDUCATION - In-person suggested or hybrid, remote as appropriate 
  • PLACES OF WORSHIP - 50% capacity or 175 indoors with six feet between parties outdoors, per local zoning 
  • RESTAURANTS - 50% capacity or 175 indoors with six feet between parties outdoors, per local zoning 
  • OFFICES - 50% capacity
  • BARS- closed
  • GYMS/FITNESS - 25% capacity or 75 people
  • GROUP SPORTS - 50-person capacity per activity
  • RETAIL - 50% capacity
  • PERSONAL SERVICES - 50% capacity or 50 people
  • INDOOR EVENTS - 175-person capacity
  • OUTDOOR EVENTS - 250-person capacity 
  • SENIOR FACILITIES - Outdoor and compassionate visitation, indoor under limited circumstances 
  • OUTDOOR RECREATION - 50% capacity or 25 people

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