Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information
Updated: April 13, 2021
Governor Polis Announces All Coloradans 16+
Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Starting April 2
DENVER - March 29,
Governor Jared Polis announced that starting this Friday, April 2nd, all Coloradans over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and all Coloradans over the age of 18 will be eligible to receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The Governor shared that the State anticipates that everyone who wants it will have access to the vaccine before the end of May. He was joined by Brigadier General Scott Sherman to discuss the next phase of vaccine distribution.
“Each vaccine is a step towards getting back to normal. Today is a monumental step forward in Colorado’s efforts to get vaccines to every person who wants one, and I want to thank our frontline heroes -- both professional and volunteer -- who have stepped up, racing to get shots into arms,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This is one of the greatest feats in human history, and we couldn’t have gotten to where we are now without their tireless efforts. Soon everyone in our state will be able to get the protection they need, but it’s going to take some time. It could be next week, it could be in five weeks. So while availability opens to everyone this Friday, April 2nd, be patient and know that your time will come.”
Currently, 70% of all Coloradans 60 and older have been vaccinated, including 79% of all Coloradans 70 and older, 71% of Coloradans 65-69, and 53% of Colordans 60-64. More than 1.5 million (1,579,599) Coloradans have received their first dose of tha vaccine, and almost 1 million (999,618) have been fully immunized.
In order to meet its ambitious vaccination goals and get shots into arms as quickly as possible, Colorado has launched five Vaccines for All Community Vaccination Sites. Depending on supply, a maximum of 6,000 doses per day will be administered at each site, six days per week, for a total of 36,000 doses administered each week through the program. To date, 35,322 doses have been administered through these sites.
In the last two weeks, Governor Polis joined the launch of the Broadmoor World Arena site in Colorado Springs, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, and The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland. Five locations are open in five counties, and starting April 1 the state will partner with Denver County to launch a site at Ball Arena. Information about the community vaccination sites can be found below:
- Adams County - Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
- Sunday – Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Register: centura.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information/vaccine-events
- Call: 720-263-5737
- El Paso County - Broadmoor World Arena
- Friday – Monday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Register: centura.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information/vaccine-events
- Call: 720-263-5737
- Mesa County - Grand Junction Convention Center
- Monday - Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m
- Register: health.mesacounty.us/covid19/vaccine/
- Larimer County - The Ranch Events Complex
- Monday - Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Register: larimerhealth.secure.force.com/Vaccine/
- Pueblo County - Colorado State Fairgrounds
- Friday – Monday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Register: centura.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information/vaccine-events
- Call: 720-263-5737
Colorado also has numerous strategies in place to narrow gaps in vaccine distribution. In addition to standing up Community Vaccination Sites, the State’s Equity Outreach Team is working directly with community-based organizations, providers, local public health agencies, and Tribes to set up vaccine clinics in underserved communities across the state. As of today, 111 clinics have been completed, with 10-12 clinics completed per week on average. More than 75 clinics scheduled through April 6th are expected to administer 30,400+ doses.
Finally, Governor Polis announced that Colorado will be launching mobile vaccine clinics to create even more access for Coloradans in the coming weeks. These buses will travel to small communities and meet Coloradans where they are. More information will be coming as these clinics come online.
The Governor delivered this good news with the caveat that this is still a time for caution. New cases and hospitalizations are holding steady, but emerging COVID-19 variants are cause for concern. For Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, it typically takes two weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means you can be infected from exposure to COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination.
Please view the press conference on the Governor’s Facebook page.
Colorado’s COVID-19 Dial 3.0 released today
The updated dial and public health order go into effect Wednesday.
Remote, (March 23, 2021)
As more Coloradans are eligible to get vaccinated and choose to do so, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released the latest update to Colorado’s COVID-19 dial framework: Dial 3.0. The updated dial public health order goes into effect Wednesday, March 24. State officials expect that Dial 3.0 will remain in effect until mid-April, at which point the state plans to retire the dial and implement a new public health order that gives greater control over capacity restrictions to local public health agencies.
CDPHE shared a draft of the new dial on Friday, March 19, and Coloradans, partners, and stakeholders offered feedback over the weekend.
Dial 3.0 makes it easier for counties to move into Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors, the least restrictive level on the dial. It also removes many of the restrictions that currently apply at that level. Additionally, several restrictions in Level Blue are loosened in Dial 3.0.
“Coloradans have made great sacrifices to protect ourselves and our communities from COVID-19 over the past year,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “While this is still a time for caution, these changes to the Dial better reflect where we are in the pandemic today, and the balance we are trying to strike between disease suppression and economic hardship.
Dial 3.0 metrics are further simplified and capacity limits are less restrictive. Download a PDF of the updated metrics and capacity limits. The state will work with counties to confirm their metrics under the new framework.
The main changes in the Dial 3.0, which is expected to be in place from March 24 to mid-April, are:
- The metrics for Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors have changed. These changes make it easier for counties to achieve Protect Our Neighbors status. Now, counties qualify for Protect Our Neighbors if they have up to 35 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people -- up from 15 cases.
- There is no longer a certification process for Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors. Counties will be moved into Level Green once they maintain the appropriate metrics for at least one week.
- Most restrictions in Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors are now removed. Bars and indoor events must still adhere to a 50% capacity limit or a 500-person cap, whichever is fewer.
- The metrics range for Level Blue is now 36 - 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people.
- Bars can now open under Level Blue. The capacity limit is 25% capacity or 75 people, whichever is fewer.
- Outdoor events in Levels Green and Blue no longer have state-level capacity restrictions under the dial. Counties may choose to implement capacity restrictions on outdoor events at the local level.
- Retail, offices, and non-critical manufacturing in Level Blue may now open to 75% capacity, up from 50%.
- There is no longer a state limit on personal gathering sizes. The state will follow CDC’s guidance on personal gatherings. The CDC still strongly recommends avoiding larger gatherings and crowds to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- 5 Star restaurants and gyms in Levels Blue and Yellow may operate at 100% capacity with 6 feet of distance between parties as a way to provide businesses with increased flexibility, while still limiting indoor mass gatherings. The state expects that maintaining a 6 foot distancing requirement will be a limiting factor for most indoor spaces.
- 5 Star certified seated and unseated indoor events may operate at 50% capacity with a 500-person limit in Level Blue. 5 Star seated indoor events in Level Yellow may operate at 50% capacity with a 225 person limit and unseated indoor events in Level Yellow may operate at 50% capacity with a 175 person limit.
Read the summary of changes.
“Local public health agencies are so grateful to help the state in the development of Dial 3.0, while also planning for the next step. While we are all excited to move into this new era, Coloradoans need to remain diligent in practicing basic public health prevention measures, like wearing a face covering, social distancing, and avoiding large indoor gatherings. These continue to be critical to slowing the transmission of COVID-19, and these steps will allow our businesses to open at greater capacities and will keep our kids at school, learning in-person,” said Tom Gonzales, executive director, Larimer Public Health.
The dial framework, originally implemented on September 15, 2020, standardizes the levels of openness or restrictions on a county level, based on the metrics of disease transmission, the level of local testing, and hospitalizations. It is a tool that allows Colorado to tailor its response on a county level, recognizing that conditions will vary locally.
The updated dial does not change Colorado’s current statewide mask mandate. Separate from the dial changes, the current mask Executive Order expires April 3, and at that time, the Governor may choose to make modifications. The state released modified mask order components as part of the Dial 3.0 stakeholder engagement process. Feedback received as part of that process will be considered prior to April 3. COVID-19 still presents risks to healthy Coloradans, so everyone should continue to take precautions until the vaccine becomes widely available and used.
Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.
Pueblo County Unified Clinic Winds Down at Pueblo Mall as State Opens Mass Vaccination Site at State Fairgrounds
March 17, 2021
PUEBLO, CO. – After months of planning and operating the Pueblo County Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, where more than 38,000 vaccinations have been administered, the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office will transition the vaccination clinic to the State of Colorado beginning Monday, March 22.
Last week, Governor Polis announced plans to expand Pueblo’s vaccination clinic to a regional mass vaccination site. The designation means the clinic will administer vaccine to Pueblo County residents as well as residents from throughout the Southeastern Colorado region. State organizers expect to vaccinate up to 3,000 a day next week and expand to 6,000 people per day by mid-April or when vaccine supply increases. To accommodate the increased traffic, the site is moving from the Pueblo Mall to the Colorado State Fairgrounds over the weekend and will begin operations on Monday, March 22nd. The change in location means the COVID-19 testing site, operated by MAKO Medical, will re-locate to the Pueblo Mall after testing Saturday.
One of the biggest changes is the process to sign-up for the vaccine. Those eligible will now schedule their appointment online using the Centura Health website, www.centrua.org/vaccine. A toll-free number, 1-855-882-8065, staffed by Centura will take appointments by phone for those without internet access.
Pueblo’s current registration site, pueblovaxnow.com, will redirect visitors to PDPHE’s vaccination website starting Thursday afternoon. This website list multiple locations to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including the coming Community Vaccination Site at the fairgrounds. Pueblo’s COVID hotline, 719-583-4444, remains open, offering information on local health and business operations concerns regarding the pandemic.
Callers attempting to register for the vaccine will be forwarded to the Centura hotline. Individuals who have registered with pueblovaxnow.com or through the community’s COVID hotline and have not yet received a vaccine were given an automated call with instructions for registering on the new site as Pueblo appointments become available.
The Sheriff’s Office and Health Department opened the community clinic January 11 and have provided vaccines every week since then. Clinic organizers, in partnership with local first response agencies and volunteers, consistently vaccinated up to 1,500 people per day at an average rate of 230 people per hour. Availability of vaccine has been a struggle for local planners, but with the state partnership, organizers expect to see 3 to 5 times the amount of vaccine previously available arriving in Pueblo.
“We’ve done an amazing job of getting the vaccine we receive into the arms of our residents. We’ve held clinics in bad weather, through staffing shortages, and vaccine shortfalls” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “With the support of all of our outstanding partners, we would do clinics everyday if vaccine was available.” But Taylor said with the transition to a state run clinic, there will be substantially more vaccine coming to Pueblo County. “The state has a pipeline for vaccine supply and we are happy to partner with them if it means getting more vaccine out to our residents,” Taylor said.
“This is an incredible development for Pueblo County as it will expand the amount of vaccine we are able to get out to the community,” said Randy Evetts, public health director for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “We're excited to ramp up to this kind of volume.”
As of March 16, there have been nearly 23,000 first dose and more than 16,000 second dose vaccines administered at Pueblo’s mass vaccination clinic.
Gov. Polis, in Partnership with Centura Health,
to Launch First State Community Vaccination Site in El Paso County
Individuals can register now for vaccine appointments
March 17, 2021
DENVER - Today, as part of Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All efforts, the Governor will be launching the very first State Community Vaccination Site at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. The contract to operate the site has been awarded to Centura Health. The site will be a drive-through site and it will start by providing 2,000 vaccines per day. The facility will be able to conduct 6,000 vaccinations per day once there is enough vaccine supply. All vaccines are free with no co-pay.
The drive-through clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. a. Individuals who are eligible to receive the vaccine can register here or by calling 720-263-5737. Starting Friday, March 19, all Coloradans age 50 and older are eligible.
The Polis-Primavera administration is partnering with providers and local communities to stand up community vaccination sites to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine is administered equitably and efficiently as vaccine eligibility expands. In addition to the site being launched at the Broadmoor today, the State is launching another Community Vaccination Site in Mesa County at the Grand Junction Convention Center. There will be four other sites opening up in the coming days in Adams, Pueblo, Larimer & Denver Counties.
WHAT: Gov. Polis will stop by State Community Vaccination Site in Colorado Springs, operated in partnership with Centura Health. He will be available for press interviews.
WHERE: Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
**If you are a member of the media interested in covering this event, please contact email@example.com to RSVP.
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Community Clinic Continues With Second Dose Vaccines This Week
PUEBLO, CO. – Pueblo County remains on pace to get more people fully vaccinated as organizers of the Pueblo County community COVID-19 clinic at the Pueblo Mall expect to provide more than 3,000 second-dose vaccines this week before the state opens registration to the next phase of individuals.
Clinic planners also expect to administer approximately 1,000 first dose vaccinations this week to individuals currently eligible for the vaccine under the state’s vaccination phase guidelines before transitioning the community clinic to a state-initiated regional mass vaccination clinic on March 22.
“We will focus this week on providing second doses so we can remain on pace to getting more of our residents fully vaccinated,” said Randy Evetts, public health director for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “We also will continue to move forward with providing first-dose vaccines to more of the community as the state opens the next phase.”
Last week, it was announced the state is opening vaccinations for Phase 1B.4 on Friday, March 19. This phase includes individuals who are age 50 or older, several categories of frontline essential workers and those age 16 to 49 with at least one high-risk condition. Details on when registration for this phase will be announced later this week.
Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said as the next phase prepares to roll out, clinic organizers remain committed to getting those in the current eligible phases vaccinated as soon as possible.
“We continue to work hard to ensure that all our residents who are eligible and who want the vaccine can get it in a timely manner,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “We, along with all of our partner first responder agencies and volunteers are committed to our mission of putting vaccines into the arms of our residents as quickly as possible.”
As of March 12, there have been 22,610 first dose and 14,331 second dose vaccines administered at the community clinic.
Vaccinations at Walmart
February 11, 2021
Walmart will begin giving out COVID-19 vaccinations in Colorado starting on February 12,2021. It is for those eligible by state guidelines only (65+, etc.) and people should sign up to schedule their time.
The Pueblo locations with vaccine are:
Pueblo 4080 W Northern Ave
Pueblo 2730 S. Prairie Ave.
Pueblo West 8 N McCulloch Blvd
Here is the Denver Post article about the distribution: https://www.denverpost.com/2021/02/11/colorado-walmart-covid-vaccine-distribution-locations/
Here is the Walmart site: https://www.walmart.com
PUEBLO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Governor Moves Pueblo to Level Blue on COVID Dial Effective Saturday, February 6, 2021
February 5, 2021
Pueblo County will move to the Level Blue on the new Dial 2.0 effective 9 a.m. Saturday, according to Governor Jared Polis. Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment and Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office are excited about the unexpected positive change that will ease some restrictions in the community.
Level Blue on the COVID-19 allows for increase capacities up to 50% for most businesses including gyms, personal services, retail, restaurants and indoor and outdoor seated events. It also allows for Pre-K-12 schools and higher education to move to 100% in-person instruction at their discretion. Bars remain closed, however, last call on premise for restaurants serving alcohol will now be at midnight.
The release of Dial 2.0 by the State of Colorado is a more responsive way to allow individual counties to stay safely open based on their COVID-19 incident rates.
Pueblo County officials had been watching the dial closely the past two weeks as positivity rates and hospitalization have continued to decline. It was anticipated Pueblo County would move on the COVID Dial to Level Yellow but the jump to Level Blue came as a welcome surprise.
Randy Evetts, public health director for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment said the community is to be commended for its diligent work in doing the right thing to help Pueblo County move to Level Blue.
“Any lifting of restrictions by the state are a direct result of the work our whole community has done, but we all must be cautious of and must continue to work to remain at this level as we can easily move back down the dial,” Evetts said. “We have made progress with vaccinations and our availability of testing and with prevention activities such in wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing. We must all understand this pandemic isn’t over yet. We must not let our guard down now but continue with these personal behaviors.”
Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor commends the community-wide efforts to help Pueblo County improve on the dial.
“This is significant,” Taylor said. “We are where we are now because of the way our community members, health system, government and business all worked together the past couple months to decrease the impact of the virus on our community."
To read more about the new Dial 2.0 and view Pueblo County current restriction levels visit www.pueblohealth.org/covid19.
COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE Posted 2/1/2021
Current Phase 1B2
Individuals ages 65 - 69
Sign up at PuebloVaxNow.com
or call (719) 583-4444 option 1
COVID-19 TESTING STOPPED AT PUEBLO MALL Posted 1/7/2021
January 7, 2021, Pueblo, CO- A decrease in the number of people getting testing for COVID-19 has resulted in the closure of one of two free community testing sites operated by MAKO Medical in Pueblo County. The drive-thru testing site at the Pueblo Mall will close effective Monday, January 11. The last day of testing at the Pueblo Mall will be Saturday, January 9th.
Free community COVID-19 testing will continue at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. This testing site, also operated by MAKO, is drive-thru and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no limit to the number of people who can be tested each day. Testing results are generally back in four days. Those being tested are encouraged to pre-register at https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=25 .
“The number of people seeking testing in Pueblo County has decreased to the point where we believe it is no longer necessary to operate two testing sites,” said Randy Evetts, public health director for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “We are confident the one testing site at the Colorado State Fairgrounds will be able to handle the current and future demand for testing in our community.”
The Pueblo Mall testing site opened in early December to meet the high demand for community testing occurring at the time. In November, 22,418 tests were administered at the lone site at the Colorado State Fair. In December, there were 16,384 tests conducted between both sites. So far this month, there have been 1,245 tests administered.
“Mako has been a terrific community partner and we appreciate their on-going support of our testing site at the Colorado State Fair,” stated Evetts.
“We want the public to know that we will continue to have free community testing for COVID-19 as long as there is the need,” said Evetts. “Although vaccinations have begun and our positivity rate has decreased, we want the public to know COVID still exists in our community. We urge anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or anyone who has come in contact with someone who has tested positive, to get tested.”
Information about COVID-19 in Pueblo including testing and pre-registration for testing is available at the COVID-19 Information Line and on the (719) 583-4444 internet www.pueblohealth.org/covid19.
New Hours for COVID-19 Community Testing Site in Pueblo
December 1, 2020 Pueblo, CO - After monitoring the time of day most people are getting tested for COVID-19 at the community testing site located at the Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo County is changing the hours to better provide timely service. The testing site, which is operated by MAKO Medical, is open 8:00 am to 5:00pm Monday through Saturday in December.
People should enter the fairgrounds at Gate 4 at Mesa and Gaylord Avenues. There is no limit to the number of people who can be tested each day. Test results are generally back in four days.
Since the beginning of November, there have been 22,419 tests administered at the testing site, more than double the 8,741 tests that were conducted for the month of October.
“By opening the testing site earlier in the morning our goals is to better assist those who have been getting in line before 9:00 am on week days and those wanting to be tested on Saturdays,” stated Randy Evetts, public health director at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. Evetts added, “I encourage people to register with MAKO Medical before heading to the testing site, to move through the site quicker.”
State officials advise anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested seven days after exposure and quarantine for a full 14 days, even if they get a negative test result. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and get tested as soon as possible. Please review the instructions on quarantine and isolation. If you are having severe or life-threatening symptoms, please contact 911.
Evetts explained those being tested may pre-register, which will help people move much quicker through the testing process. To pre-register for the COVID-19 testing at the State Fairgrounds go to https://tinyurl.com/co-pueblo-12753. Make sure your information (spelling of your name, date of birth, etc.) are correct to ensure your results are reported back to you in a timely manner. After being tested you can receive an email notification when your results are available, by texting MAKO to 66349 or visit mako.luminatehealth.com. A PDF download of results is available to print or share.
MAKO Medical reminds the public it takes two days to process results after samples are received at the lab due to time needed for shipping results. MAKO Medical officials urge individuals to set up an account (by text or online) wait at least four days after being tested before calling the customer service line for results. Results may be obtained texting MAKO to 66349 or visit mako.luminatehealth.com. The volume of calls to MAKO Medical’s customer service line is very high and wait times are long.
Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents and media to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19:
All public and media inquiries in Pueblo are answered through the local hotline at
Pueblo’s Joint Information Center
Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline is providing resources and answering questions
9AM – 4PM, Monday – Friday (closed for government holidays) 719-583-4444.
View a short video of the COVID-19 Self-Swabbing Test https://youtu.be/vsQVxsQY3jc
Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents and
media to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19:
► Pueblo’s COVID-19 Hotline 719-583-4444
All public and media inquiries in Pueblo are answered through the local hotline at Pueblo’s Joint Information Center.
Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline is providing resources and answering questions 8AM – 5PM, Monday – Friday 719-583-4444.
PUEBLO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
UPDATED PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 20-24 IMPLEMENTING STAY AT HOME REQUIREMENTS