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3/30/2020 #2 Crowley/Otero Update: Your Game Plan.


Please take the time to read and understand this entire message.


Hello to all. As I mentioned in a previous update, we received extra test kits from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to increase our testing capacity in Southeast Colorado. Those extra kits will expire after tomorrow, 3/31/2020.


Currently, there is a severe shortage of test kits in the entire United States. So, we will be extremely limited in our ability to test for COVID-19 in Crowley and Otero Counties for the foreseeable future. If/when this changes, I will let you know. Based upon this situation, we need to come up with a game plan if you and/or a family member gets sick with symptoms of COVID-19, but there are no test kits available to test.


What are the symptoms of COVID-19? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):


Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.


These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:


Fever


Cough


Shortness of breath


Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html


Your game plan, from our friends at the CDC, is attached. Please take the time to read and understand both pages of the attachment. Your understanding and abiding by the game plan is of vital importance. Here is the website where I got the attachment:


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html


Also, if you would like more information on isolation and quarantine, here is a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) website you can visit: https://covid19.colorado.gov/isolation-and-quarantine


In addition to reading and understanding the above, what else can you do RIGHT NOW:


Read, understand, and comply with all public health orders! Public health orders can be found here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/public-health-executive-orders-explained


Stay home if you are sick and, if needed, call your medical provider.


If you are in a high risk group, take extra precautions.


Cover your cough and/or sneeze.


Keep your fingers and hands away from your face.


Wash your hands a lot.


Stay informed by trusted and reliable sources. Be careful about believing what you read on social media sites. Trusted sources/websites:


o OCHD: https://www.oterogov.com


o Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov


o CO State Health Department: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe


Do these things so you will be prepared, and not scared.


And, by the way, no new cases to report in Crowley/Otero yet, so we will end on that good note!


Richard Ritter, Executive Director


Otero County Health Department


13 West 3rd Street, Room 111


La Junta, Colorado 81050


719-383-3045 (Office)


719-383-3060 (Fax)


rritter@oterogov.org