Pueblo leaders consider stay-at-home order

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PUEBLO, Colo (KKTV) - Pueblo leaders are considering a stay-at-home order because of coronavirus concerns.

At the time of this writing Wednesday, Pueblo County has three confirmed cases of COVID-19. The first positive case was announced March 13.

They said delays in test processing at the state level and many test results still pending for Pueblo County, combined with the lack of available local testing, is very difficult to measure the spread of COVID-19 in the Pueblo community.

Health professionals and county leaders held a press conference on Wednesday saying they are discussing if it is time to move to a more aggressive approach in Pueblo County’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 by considering a stay-at-home order.

Pueblo County held its first mobile testing site Thursday at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. They tested about 90 people for COVID-19. At the time of this writing Wednesday, those results are still pending.

Mayor Nick Gradisar said in a press release Tuesday, “Although we do not have COVID-19 test results yet for the tests that were administered last week, this virus remains a serious threat to our community. It is critical that we maintain our social distance by staying home. This is especially important for those high-risk individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are over 60 years of age.”

Stay-at-home orders would likely include closing all non-essential businesses and mandating people stay home unless they are buying groceries, going to the doctor, or providing other critical services for family members. Group gatherings will be banned, while outdoor exercise (in non-group settings) will be allowed.

Everybody has a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in Pueblo by:

Do not go to the emergency room unless medically necessary.
Wash your hands with soap regularly.
Cough or sneeze into elbow or tissue.
Stay home when you’re sick.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Avoid close contact with sick people.
Clean surfaces frequently touched.

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19.
For more information:
Call CO HELP at 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org
Pueblo’s COVID-19 Hotline 719-583-4444