The district health department continues to report more positive cases of COVID-19 in Las Animas and Huerfano County, yet the count of active cases continues to hold at just over 70 in Las Animas County and at 55 in Huerfano County.

On Thursday, Nov. 12 the health department reported 13 new cases in Las Animas County. On Friday they added another six confirmed cases and on Monday another 10. In total the county has recorded 196 total cases of coronavirus.

The reports of new COVID-19 cases comes on the heels of positive vaccine development news from drug companies Pfizer and Moderna.

Said Colorado Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric France on Monday, “It’s great news that another COVID-19 vaccine is showing promise. I look forward to learning more as information becomes available.  

“Vaccines will change the course of the pandemic, helping us to dramatically slow the spread of COVID-19, but we must remain extremely diligent until a vaccine is available to the masses, which will take time.

“We are currently having exponential increases in cases, and we must do all we can to ensure that hospitals can provide care to those who need it. We are urging all Coloradans to wear masks, practice physical distancing, and not socialize with anyone outside of their household. We must continue to closely follow public health guidance, particularly during cold weather months and flu season-- and as the holidays approach.”

The Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department continues to worry about transmission of the virus with the coming holiday season.

Said the department, “We are in a critical state with both counties. It is encouraged to spend time only with those within your own household. As we move closer to the holidays, we need to really reduce the disease transmission in both Las Animas and Huerfano County.”

In Las Animas County this week there are two free COVID-19 drive through community testing opportunities at the Justice Center on East Main Street in Trinidad. The first is Thursday, Nov. 19 and the second is Friday, Nov. 20. The site is operated both days from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, Colorado state and county officials are in talks to add a new level to the state COVID-19 dial — just below the highest, stay-at-home level — as new numbers released Monday showed cases and hospitalizations continue to climb statewide.

It’s unclear what, exactly, the new level would require, though sources told The Denver Post that the designation won’t be as restrictive the stay-at-home order Gov. Jared Polis issued in March.

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