The local public health department logged 12 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Las Animas County, bringing the total active case count to 121.

Of the new cases, seven were detected through the community drive up testing site, which tested 112 people on Dec. 17. The new cases range in age from teen up to people in their 60s.

Huerfano County has seen 14 deaths due to COVID-19 and added another 10 positive cases to an active case count of 58 Monday.

Said the district health department, “As we approach the winter holidays, it’s important to think about the best ways to keep our loved ones and communities safe during our celebrations. This year is an opportunity to reimagine what togetherness can look like. To help slow the alarming spread of COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) advises Coloradans to only interact in-person with people from their household this holiday season.”

According to the department, the top three most important things to remember during the holidays are:

1) Only interact in-person with people from your household (defined as those who normally live and sleep under the same roof).

2) Refrain from traveling. Celebrate virtually with the people who don’t live with you.

3) Avoid crowded stores. Shop for gifts online and have them delivered or pick them up curbside. Find local Colorado businesses to support via the #ShopLocalColorado campaign. Wear a mask and keep your distance whenever you do leave your home.

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