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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Pueblo Officials Working Together in Response to COVID-19

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PUEBLO – Elected and Government Officials in the City and County of Pueblo are working together to educate and reassure the public during an uncertain time regarding the Corona virus also known as COVID-19. Government officials are asking the public to take precautions as Pueblo County received its first presumptive positive case for COVID-19. The adult male is isolated at home and recovering. “The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment continues to work closely with local, state, and federal partners to assure a streamlined response and help prevent further spread of the disease in our community,” said PDPHE Director Randy Evetts.

Protecting the health of the community is a top priority. While stopping the spread of the virus is unrealistic, citizens should take a proactive approach to make the spread of the virus less severe. The Pueblo County Board of Commissioners along with the Mayor’s Office in Pueblo, and elected officials are working with experts at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment to face this challenge to our public health.

“We are working with a task force at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment and many other state agencies to help inform citizens on the latest developments,” said Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz. “Emergency response is an area we routinely train in and are well prepared to provide the appropriate response and plan. We hope people step up to the challenge in the community to prevent the spread of the virus.”

The City and County of Pueblo are requesting emergency funds from the state to help cover costs Pueblo County could see from COVID-19.

“The declaration of emergency is to tap into financial resources needed for a comprehensive response across numerous entities.”

Pueblo’s Mayor Nick Gradisar says now is the time to take measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Gradisar is asking the public to avoid holding and attending large public events for at least the next 30 days.

“I urge every organization which has a public event to cancel the event in order to maintain the social distancing that can help us mitigate the spread of this virus,” said Pueblo’s Mayor Nick Gradisar.

These measures will result in a temporary inconvenience but are necessary in order to protect public health.

help reduce the spread of COVID-19 people should do the following:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Adam Uhernik, Pueblo County Public Information Officer at uhernik@pueblocounty.us or 719-369-9666.

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