As of late Thursday, Nov. 5 the district health department confirmed 67 active cases of COVID-19 in Las Animas County and 12 active cases in Huerfano County.

Las Animas County has had 131 total cases of COVID-19 and Huerfano County has had 46 cases and two deaths from the virus.

Said the Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department, “With the increased cases of COVID-19 we encourage people to get tested whether you are symptomatic or asymptomatic. This is an effective public health mitigation process to box in the virus while decreasing the positivity rate in the county.”

The department also reported a possible community exposure to COVID-19 at Flo-Jo’s Tavern Hall, formerly known as Ju-Jo’s, on Chestnut St. in Trinidad on Saturday Oct. 31.

“Anyone who visited the Flo-Jo’s Tavern Hall on October 31, 2020, should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for at least 14-days after being at the location,” said Kim Gonzales, Director of the Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department. “Flo-Jo’s Tavern Hall is following public health guidelines to clean and disinfect their business and assist in the contact tracing. We appreciate their cooperation and concern for their community,” said Gonzales.

The health department also recently cited Tony’s Diner on Main St. in Trinidad with a notice of violation “for violating the ‘Public Health Order 20-28 Safer at Home,’ as amended and updated, issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).”

The health department said the business was warned several times about staff not wearing masks, or maintaining social distance and alleged that on Monday, Oct. 26 the business allowed two individuals known to be positive with COVID-19 to enter the establishment.

The notice requires the business to submit a compliance plan and threatens that if the order continues to be violated it could result in 18 months of jail time and a $5,000 fine.

The owner of Tony’s Diner, Tony Mattorano, maintains his business is clean and safe. “Tony’s is open for business and is safe for patrons to stop by and enjoy our great dining experience,” said Mattorano.

The health department continues to warn residents that if they are sick, they must stay at home. “As we move closer to the holidays, we need to really reduce the disease transmission in both Las Animas and Huerfano County,” said the department.

The department lists the additional preventative measures the public should be taking to slow the spread of COVID-19 as:

— Get tested

— Wear a mask

— Good hand hygiene

— Social Distancing stay at least 6-feet apart

— Reduce unnecessary travel

— Reduce gatherings to no more than 10 people and no more than two households.

— Work from home if possible

“Be diligent in your actions to protect yourself, your family, your employees, your co-workers and your community,” said the health department. “Together we can keep our schools open and our businesses open.”

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